I have been to most major Amish settlements in the USA and Canada and many minor ones. Chances are, if you mention the Amish community, I've been there. But a couple of larger ones have eluded me and they are both in Missouri.
Seymour, Missouri is in the far southwestern part of the state near Springfield. It's off the beaten path a bit and I've just never been in the area. I'd be interested in visiting Seymour sometime because it is essentially a sibling settlement of Berne, Indiana, which I've spent tons of time in. So I'd expect the language, traditions, and customs to be essentially the same with maybe some Ozark spin. Hopefully someday I will get to see Seymour.
The other large Amish community I'd like to visit sometime is Jamesport, Missouri. Jamesport is a more traditional Amish outpost and, unlike Seymour, I have passed by Jamesport on US 36 just to the south, so shame on me for not visiting:( Thanks to BethR's photos I can at least sort of feel like I've been there! A big thanks to Beth for sharing! The above photos show the sleepy city hall and some classic Missouri scenery around Jamesport.
I love Beth's photos because they capture the quirky charm that almost every Amish community offers in its own way. Her eye for that detail is exquisite. There's a go-with-the flow sense of humor that I've found many Amish exude and the above photo sort of illustrates that. No enough room on the buggy bench? No problem, we'll just stick a chair up there!:) There's always room for one more!
And no need to rush, never mind the phalanx of motorcycles behind us, we'll just keep plodding along. Carry on!:) Or maybe the driver is the honorary grand marshal of some sort of newfangled parade!
Stay tuned tomorrow for some more images and observations from Jamesport. I have some interesting contrasts I can draw between some of the scenes there and what I've seen elsewhere.