Amish Country Tour



Das Essen and Backen Haus & The Shady Lane Country Store

“The Simple Life” can create a place where life may move at a slower pace not interrupted by technology, traffic, or too many distractions. You are cordially invited to visit such a place in Lucas County at Das Essen and Backen Haus (The Eating and Baking House) and The Shady Lane Country Store.

Since the early 1990’s, two to three dozen Amish families have made their homes in southern Lucas County. Here they live much as their ancestors did, operating farms, schools and small businesses- and eschewing modern conveniences such as cell phones and electricity. If you wish to make a full day tour, you can combine the Amish Country visit with a tour of a Lucas County museum.

The Gingrich’s are one of the local Amish families who own and operate a general store and gift shop that is located in their newly built facility. This Eating and Baking House is great place for birthdays, reunions, meetings, parties, and more. You can even call ahead to special order baked goods, such as breads and pies, along with candies, and more. Before or after lunch you can also partake in a farm tour, and maybe even catch a glimpse into the family farmhouse kitchen.

This step back in time can be booked through the Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street office at 641.774.4059. We can make arrangements for the farm tour and lunch for your group at anytime. Please feel free to email us also at or visit our website

We look forward to bringing you a sample of “The Simple Life”.