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by Beth B.

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  • Hardin County's Old Order Amish Country

    Steal away to a slower pace and experience Hardin County's Old Order Amish. Nestled within the scenic and winding back roads of this small rural county you'll find a less commercialized Amish community where great pains are taken to keep their simple and uncluttered lifestyle preserved. Not only will you drive away with a greater appreciation for this unique lifestyle, you'll have opportunity to discover the many handcrafted and homemade produce products offered by the Amish community such as fresh eggs, cheese, baked goods, quilts and furniture.

    This self-guided tour flows through some of the more historical areas of Hardin County. Experience an old stage coach stop, now home to a General Store operated very true to the days gone by. Quaint shopping experiences can be found just to the south, all within minutes and providing a complete outing all will enjoy. Say farewell to the fastlane, and experience Hardin County's Old OrderAmish Country, located between Routes 309 & 31, just North of Mt. Victory and SE of Kenton.

    • Address: 225 S. Detroit St.
      Kenton, Ohio 43326
    • Phone: Local Number: 4196734131
    • Email: alliance@hardinohio.org
    • Website: http://www.hardinohio.org
  • Amish Home Craft Shop & Bakery

    Beautifully located on an Amish farm in Geauga County.  Handmade quilts of all sizes, baby items, hickory rockers and much more.  Many out-of-the-ordinary pieces.  Friendly, peaceful location. Now featuring fresh baked goods.  We do special orders too!

    • Address: 16860 Kinsman Rd.
      Middlefield, Ohio 44062
    • Phone: Local Number: 4406321888
    • Email:
    • Website:
  • Amish Country Riding Stables - Charm

    Featured in "America's Horse" August 2009 Issue. Take a Guided Horseback Trail Ride in Ohio's Amish Country at the Guggisberg Swiss Inn. Enjoy Winter fun with Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides. The Sleigh Ride lasts approximately 20 minutes. Afterwards, come in for hot cocoa and freshly popped popcorn!
    Make a memory that will last a lifetime while on horseback. See Amish country in a different way. The ride goes through woods, meadows and hilltops and the views are amazing. This is a unique riding stable for several reasons. One being you are actually riding over Amish land. See ya' there partner! This ride lasts approximately 45 minutes and is limited to 5 riders at one time.

    • Address: 5025 State Route 557
      PO Box 1
      Millersburg, Ohio 44654
    • Phone: Local Number: 3308933600
    • Email: innkeeper@guggisbergswissinn.com
    • Website: http://www.guggisbergswissinn.com
  • Amish Heritage Group Tours

    Let us plan your next trip to Amish country. We can help you create a tour that your group will remember for a lifetime. Our knowledgeable guides can provide a glimpse into not only the local area, but into the lifestyles of the Amish as well. Your group will hear personal stories that will bring Amish country to life.

    • Address: P.O Box 270
      4363 State Route 39
      Berlin, Ohio 44610
    • Phone: Local Number: 3308933232
    • Email: tistheseason@wifi7.com
    • Website: http://www.amishfarmvillage.com
  • Geauga County Tourism Council

    Welcome to Geauga County, center of the fourth largest Amish population in the world and the friendliest part of Amish country to see. This year we are proving how friendly our members can be with our "Wilkum... We Love Company!" campaign.

    While you are visiting art galleries, exploring antique shops or other unique little shops be sure to ask anyone how to find Amish furniture, fresh produce, or anything else. Enjoy old fashioned Maple, Pumpkin, and Apple Butter festivals with the kids, grandkids, or a single special someone. Activities ranging from golf to waterparks to skating and skiing to countryside tours also entice visitors. Punderson  Manor Resort and Conference Center offers beautifully furnished rooms, golf, indoor and outdoor swimming, fishing, boating and more.

    The Red Maple Inn, the largest four-diamond rated B & B in the state,  offers rooms with fireplaces and balconies to view the beautiful rolling hillsides of Geauga County. Many other small bed and breakfasts pepper the Amish countryside that is Geauga. Come relax and explore Geauga County where you will always be find something unusual, welcoming, and interesting! Stop by the Tourism office, call us, or visit our web site and ask for a free visitor's guide.

    • Address: 14907 North State Avenue
      P.O. Box 846
      Middlefield, Ohio 44062
    • Phone: Local Number: 4406321538
    • Email: info@tourgeauga.com
    • Website: http://www.tourgeauga.com
  • Holmes County Pottery

    We specialize in hand-turned pottery fired in Ohio's largest (500 cu. ft.) wood-burning kiln. We offer a standard line of hand-made pots for the house and garden using traditional techniques. Select from a variety of ware such as dinnerware, jars, jugs, pitchers, teapots, platters and planters. The pottery workshop and showroom is located in the beautiful rolling hills of Amish Country in the northwest corner of Holmes County.

    • Address: 8500 County Road 373
      Big Prairie, Ohio 44611
    • Phone: Local Number: 3304962406
    • Email: hcpottery@valkyrie.net
    • Website:
  • Historic Sauder Village

    There is only one place in Northwest Ohio where you can have fun in the past - Historic Sauder Village - Ohio's largest living-history village! Visit with costumed guides and working craftsmen in more than 40 historic homes, community shops, farms and gardens. Great shopping, special events and special classes also available. A great destination that all ages will enjoy!

    • Address: 22611 State Route 2
      PO Box 235
      Archbold, Ohio 43502
    • Phone: Local Number: 4194462541
    • Email: info@saudervillage.org
    • Website: http://www.saudervillage.org
  • Breitenbach Wine Cellars

    Nestled among the rolling, picturesque hills of Ohio's Amish countryside is Der Marktplatz. This is the home of Breitenbach Wine Cellars, exclusive producer of an extensive array of award-winning grape, fresh fruit, and berry wines. Our wines are made on the premises, and visitors are invited to enjoy a winery tour during our Dandelion May-Fest held the first Saturday of May. No visit to Breitenbach Winery is complete without browsing through the gift shop and German deli located in Der Marktplatz. Here you're sure to discover the perfect gift or memento of your trip to Amish country. Hand-stitched quilts and local crafts are special features, along with authentic Amish dolls, Black Forest cuckoo clocks, imported Swiss chocolates, Amish hats and Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs.

    • Address: 5934 Old Rt. 39 NW
      Dover, Ohio 44622
    • Phone: Local Number: 3303433603
    • Email: info@breitenbachwine.com
    • Website: http://www.breitenbachwine.com
  • The Ohio Glass Museum & Glass Blowing Studio

    The Ohio Glass Museum was founded in 2002 to honor the more than 100 year history of glass making in Fairfield County, Ohio. The museum has exhibits of glass made in Ohio as well as glass from around the United States. In 2010 the museum opened it's new Glass Blowing Studio. The Glass Blowing Studio is open every day in The museum and offers live demonstrations and classes in glass blowing and flameworking. All the glass made in the studio is for sale in the museum's gift shop along with other glass treasurers from around the world. Check out our website to see what is on exhibit and what classes we offer.
    www.ohioglassmuseum.org

    • Address: 124 West Main Street
      Lancaster, Ohio 43130
    • Phone: Local Number: (740) 687-0101
    • Email: mburket@ohioglassmuseum.org
    • Website: http://www.ohioglassmuseum.org
  • P. Graham Dunn Gallery of Dalton

    Early in 2008, P. Graham Dunn finished construction on a 140,000 sq ft manufacturing facility and retail store on the historic Lincoln highway in Dalton, Ohio. Located in the world's largest Amish and Mennonite Community, P. Graham Dunn is the embodiment of a community that prides itself on a strong work ethic and an even stronger relationship with God. It is the people of this community that has successfully made P. Graham Dunn the business it is today.

    Visitors to the P. Graham Dunn facility enter a 6,000 square foot grand lobby with carved crown molding, eight foot tall plaques, and one of Ohio’s largest indoor murals. Ascending the grand staircase to the retail store guests can watch as the entire production process is viewable below. See large CNC routers, powerful lasers, and the simple craftsmanship that makes Amish country the premier place for wood products. Tours are available for groups large and small. Additionally there is a personalized laser engraving center where you have the opportunity to personalize hundreds of gift items. What's more is that you'll see the laser engraving on the spot. A visit to P. Graham Dunn is an inspiring experience.

    Additional stores are found in Gatlinburg, TN; Branson, MO; Walnut Creek, OH; Crocker Park in Westlake, OH; and St. Joseph, MI. Each store has its own unique look and feel, and all carry our personalized gifts and laser engraving machines.

    • Address: 630 Henry St.
      Dalton, Ohio 44618
    • Phone: Local Number: 330-828-2103
    • Email: Gallery@pgrahamdunn.com
    • Website: http://www.pgrahamdunn.com
  • Zoar Village

    This quaint  German village was founded in 1817 by religious dissenters called the Society of Separatists.  The Society named their village Zoar, which is taken from the bible and means "place of refuge".  Zoar today is an island of Old-World charm in east-central Ohio. Many of the German-style structures built by the Zoarites have been restored and are open to the public as Zoar Village State Memorial. Others are privately-owned, and serve as residences, shops, restaurants and bed and breakfast inns.

    Visitors can experience the life of the agrarian Separatists by visiting the eleven restored buildings (recently added Town Hall Museum, and Ohio Erie Canal Museum, Number One House, or "Kings Palace", Kitchen, Dining Room/Magazine Complex, Garden House, Bakery, Tinshop, Dairy and Springhouse , Wagon Shop, Blacksmith Shop and the original Zoar Store), which are staffed with costumed interpreters and furnished with period items made or used by the Separatists. Buildings may be staffed, and others open by guided tour. Volunteers give craft demonstrations and interpret the history during the the guided and self guided tours.Yearly special events include the Harvest Festival, and Christmas in Zoar. Bi-yearly events include the Civil War reenactment, the Historic Zoar Garden Tour and luncheon , and Applefest.

    The Historic Zoar Garden is a 2 1/2 acre flower garden, based on the communal society's religious beliefs.  The garden is open year round and  free to the public.  Zoar now hosts a trail head for the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.  The trail is 2.9 miles long, and runs from Zoar to Fort Laurens in Bolivar, Ohio.

    • Address: 198 Main Street
      P.O. Box 621
      Zoar, Ohio 44697
    • Phone: Toll-Free: (800) 262-6195
    • Email: zoarinfo@historiczoarvillage.com
    • Website: http://www.ohiohistory.org
  • Mishler Weaving Mill

    The Mishler Weaving Mill is an operating textile weaving mill using original mechanical looms, the oldest of which dates from 1895. Antique mechanical looms are used to weave dishcloths, place mats, and table runners. Hand looms are used to weave rag rugs, rag place mats, and dish towels.  One of our looms is an 1860 rocker beater barn beam loom.



    Visit with member volunteers. Items are sold in our Mishler Mill Gift Shop. The Mill is air-conditioned and handicap-accessible.



    All buildings are open from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. on these special Sundays in 2012:

    May 20

    June 17

    July 15    

    August 19

    September 16

    October 21



    Our Pioneer Village includes: a Pioneer Log Cabin, Sheller Log House,  Village Pottery, Village Blacksmith Shop, LyDo Barn Exhibit, and Tin Shop. The Pioneer Village is on Eberly Drive back of the Smithville Post Office. The Historic Church of God, the Caboose, and Depot are on North Milton Street. 



    We welcome group tours by appointment. Tours are charged a nominal entrance fee. Arrange tours by calling 330-669-9308 on Wednesday afternoons. An answering machine is used for times other than Wednesday afternoons.  If you leave a message, we will return your call on Wednesday.



    Handicapped accessible buildings include the Mishler Weaving Mill, the Reception Center, the Tin Shop, the Blacksmith Shop, the first floor of the LyDo Barn, The Church of God, and the Depot.

    • Address: 381 E. Main Street (State Route 585), Eberly Drive near the
      Smithville Post Office, and North Milton Street
      Smithville, Ohio 44677
    • Phone: Local Number: 330-669-9308
    • Email: frescot@lek.net
    • Website: http://www.rootsweb.com/~ohschs/index.html
  • Monroe County Quilt Barn Tour

    Patchwork Jewels of Monroe County, Ohio - Quilt Barn Self Driving Tour includes 20 quilt barns on a self driving tour - Contract Chamber of Commerce at 740-472-5499 for brochures

    • Address: 117 N. Main Street
      Woodsfield, OH 43793
    • Phone: Local Number: 7404725499
    • Email: monroechamber@gmn4u.com
    • Website:
  • The Barn Inn

    Escape to the comfort of a turn-of-the-century setting in Amish Country. Within 4 miles of Berlin, in the Ohio Amish Country, this historic and elegant estate on 4 acres is the perfect romantic get-a-way or retreat. The Barn Inn features 11 individually decorated guest rooms, standard or deluxe suites, all with fine amenities, period antiques, queen or king beds, whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. Nestled in beautiful Honey Run Valley, all rooms open onto a balcony or porch overlooking our sheep in pasture and woods beyond.
    Guests are welcomed with complimentary coffee, tea, pastries, popcorn; and after a good night's sleep, awaken to the aromas of a full country breakfast served in the dining room. Amenities include TV, VCR, DVD, a video library, and a large reception room. The VIP Suites have sofa and rocker/recliner.
    Packages can include flowers, candies, Amish Tours, Hot Air Balloon ride, Day Spa packages -- we can arrange it! Order a gift certificate for that special birthday, anniversary, or just to say, "I Love You". We can help you plan your visit in Holmes Country.

    • Address: 6838 County Rd. 203
      Millersburg/ Berlin, Ohio 44654
    • Phone: Toll-Free: 8776747600
    • Email: reservations@thebarninn.com
    • Website: http://www.thebarninn.com
  • Mel's Shoes N More

    Mel's Shoes - N- More is an Amish-owned store that offers a wide variety of shoes for all ages including hiking boots, work boots, athletic shoes,& kids shoes.

    Also carrying harnesses and a variety of giftware along with Amish hats and clothing.

    • Address: 16189 Burton-Windsor Road
      Middlefield, Ohio 44062
    • Phone: Local Number: 440-636-5815
    • Email:
    • Website:
  • Warther Museum

    Visit the Warther Carving Museum and you’ll experience the story of the Warther family and how the Warthers combined love of family and a love of hobbies to create an amazing legacy.

    Ernest "Mooney" Warther turned his joy of carving wood and ivory into creations that the Smithsonian has called “priceless works of art”. Mooney lived in a time when steam locomotives were king, so many of his carvings are steam locomotives made of walnut wood, ebony, and ivory. He combined history and artistry with motion by making the locomotives run authentically. His precision and sense of detail on the wood and ivory carvings reflect Mooney’s amazing skills and passion for steam technology. In fact, the perfection and mechanizing of his steam locomotives earned him the title of World’s Master Carver, in the 1920’s. The carvings combined with the story of the Warther family makes Warther’s a special museum to visit.

    • Address: 331 Karl Ave.
      Dover, Ohio 44622
    • Phone: Local Number: 3303437513
    • Email: info@warthers.com
    • Website: http://www.warthers.com

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