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The photograph shows my friend Jill and I in Berlin, Ohio, visiting the Mennonite Cultural Center and its one-room school, Bunker Hill. This is just one of many private tours we experienced (no doubt, because the full-blown "season" had not yet begun).
Jill and I took an 11-day vacation, visiting Richmond, Indiana (2 days) and the Amish Country in OHIO (9 days). It was an excellent vacation that was filled with new learning experiences (which teachers, even retired teachers, relish!)
We visited 11 of the 88 counties in Ohio: Knox, Wayne, Holmes, Stark, Tuscarawas, Muskingum, Coshocton, Licking, Fairfield, Franklin, and Delaware. We drove through about five more to arrive at specific destinations.
Our experiences included small villages, two or three cities, stunning countrysides, curving hilly roads, wonderful places to stay (a lovely Bed and Breakfast, a well-equipped Time Share Resort, and a large city hotel), quilt shops, old-fashioned hardware stores, great places to eat, unforgettable museums, parks, Covered Bridges, historic roads, interesting cemeteries, universities/colleges, and fantastic examples of architecture.
The time seemed to pass ever so quickly because our days and evenings were jam-packed. Friends back home kept asking us what we could find to fill eleven days...all I can say to them is, "We really needed eleven more days!"
We discovered that the area around Lancaster has the most covered bridges in Ohio. This one is on the Ohio University Lancaster campus.
It might surprise you, as it did Jill and I, to learn that 45% of Amish peoples in North America live in Ohio! Ohio has the largest population of Amish in the United States. Also in this area are the Mennonites and Swiss whose histories are similar..
The Amish shun the use of automobiles and electricity. They live as most Americans did in the 19th Century. Some of the Amish communities that we visited were in Berlin, Charm, Kidron, Millersburg, and Walnut Creek. Although we did not visit these towns (Orrville, Shreve, Strasburg, Sugar Creek, Wilmot, Holmesville, Mt. Hope, and Apple Creek), they are also Amish communities.
Keep in mind that most places are NOT OPEN ON SUNDAYS.
Thus, visit some of the peripheral communities such as Dover, New Philadelphia, or Dennison on Sundays.
Don't expect big malls; rather, you may enjoy flea markets, craft shops, and old-fashioned hardware stores.
You will find Cheese factories and outlets, hundreds of Amish-made Furniture stores, unique home-made quilts and crafts.
Mondays are washday so you will see clothes hanging on lines that stretch from the Amish house to the outhouse.
This area is located:
About 2 hours from Cleveland; one hour from Columbus, three plus hours from Cincinnati.
- Pros:Incredibly friendly locals, beautiful countryside, great museums, abundant historical sites, and delicious food.
- Cons:Poor road signage at times
- In a nutshell:Ohio is a state with a wealth of worthwhile sites, architecture, shops, restaurants, and outdoor activities.
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