What to know
The Welcome Center should be your first stop. A friendly information specialist can help you navigate the area and answer your questions. Public restrooms are also available here. The Arthur Amish Country Welcome Center located at 106 E. Progress Street. You may also call the Welcome Center at 217-543-2242.
The Amish culture is a daily life rather than a “theme” concept. As you stroll the downtown area of Arthur and/or drive around the countryside you will be able to observe the Amish going about their daily lives. Some of the Amish are willing to grant “interviews,” if set up prior to your visit. The contact information can be obtained at the Arthur Amish Country Welcome Center.
The Amish families that prepare and serve these types of meals require some type of reservation. They prefer a minimum of 10 people, but sometimes have openings for a smaller group, as part of a larger group. Again, the contact information for these families may be obtained at the Arthur Amish Country Welcome Center.
Please remember that the Amish are like many other American families that appreciate their "family time” and privacy. A visit like this may be arranged prior to your visit with a call to the Arthur Amish Country Welcome Center.
All businesses, apart from a few restaurants and the Welcome Center, are closed on Sundays.
Please see question #2 for appropriate actions to follow to arrange a brief “interview” with an Amish family.
You may take pictures of about anything Amish except for the people. Please do not take pictures of Amish people from the front. Many of them are accepting if you take a picture that does not reveal their face.
Almost all businesses take debit/credit cards, but a few are not able to. We have 4 ATM locations downtown.