Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Tuesday, August 2 - Our daughter, Kelly, met us at the campground this morning for a trip to Amish Country........Yeah, shopping with the girls!!!!  :=)  We took all the back roads. What a beautiful day for a ride. This part of Ohio is lovely.


There is one Amish farm after another. Each better than the last.


There were buggies every where. We needed to be very careful not to ride too close or too fast.


We go very lucky and were able to watch several farmers cutting their hay. This was so interesting to the three of us. With all the modern equipment today, they stay true to their beliefs and work the land by hand.




How beautiful it looks.

Our first stop was Lehman's Hardware in Kidron, OH.


It's like shopping and going to a museum at the same time.


There are thousands of products you thought they quit making years ago.

Anyone out there ever use this?

Made in the USA. They had a sense of humor. Read the last line.

We remember our mom and grandma using this next product.

Originally built to serve the simpler needs of the local Amish, it is now a tourist stop for the thousands visiting this area of Ohio. With 30,000 square feet of space, including a cafe and a buggy barn, Lehman's is worth a trip to Amish Country all on its own.

Never heard of this one. Laundry SODA?

Here is one of those…what is it…why use it?

It is a clothes pin holder. Marsha remembers her mom having, not this exact one, but a holder on her clothes line for the clothes pins.

The City of Berlin, with its hundreds of small shops, was our next stop.


We strolled the street and enjoyed the chocolate shop, the bakery, book stores, coffee shops, a bulk dry goods – where Marsha found her meat curing salt she's been searching for, a cheese shop, and Boyd & Wurthmann Restaurant where we enjoyed a late lunch.

We saw a sign for handmade baskets, so we headed down a country road where we were directed to an Amish farm house. The young Amish gal, who was in the middle of doing her weekly wash using a propane driven washing machine, showed us into the house to see her hand made baskets. Her beautiful baskets were made using cane instead of the pine needles Marsha uses in making her baskets. Marsha was interested in discovering the type of dyes she used to dye her cane. She explained how she used Rite dye, the same type Marsha uses, but the powder type rather than the liquid style Marsha has tried. So hopefully this will be the solution Marsha is looking for in her needle dying.

Marsha made several purchases of jelly, pickles and a few Christmas gifts made out of cane.

Kelly intended to spend the night at the motorhome, but received the call she's been waiting to receive from Cuyahoga Falls City Schools. She's been hired as a math teacher. Since they asked her to stop in the human resource office tomorrow morning, she decided to head home to organize the paper work they requested she bring along. What an emotional relief to get that phone call. CONGRATULATIONS Kelly!!!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see ya'll back real soon. Have a great day!


  1. We love Amish country in Ohio. We made several trips there with friends when we lived in Ohio.
    Congrets Kelly on the new job.

  2. I really, really want to do this. We were in Amish land in PA a few years back but we didn't take the time to really see the area. I'd love to do visit again.

  3. Love that area! I spend too much money on food when I am around the Amish. It's so much fun "going back in time" at the shops. Wonder if that "old stuff" is now made in China.

  4. If you are near Dover, Ohio you would probably enjoy visiting Warther Knives. It is one of my all-time favorite places to tour. The carvings are amazing.

  5. Never been to Amish country but ALWAYS wanted to go. Love seeing your pics of the place!

  6. I recognized the clothes pin bag right away! That's how old I am. :)

  7. Great post and pictures. Makes me want to hitch up and head to Ohio! I'd love to see some of those Amish farms and towns.

  8. Holmes County is one of our very favorite places. In our humble opinion, it it THE best Amish area in the country. We camped there a lot when we worked. You can always find so many fun/interesting/delicious things there!

    Congrats to Kelly...and to you! When Lora got her teaching job, we said, "A job with benefits?! Yeah! Our 'work' is done. She is successfully launched!" LOL

  9. We visited Lehman Hardware yesterday. It's not quite like it was twenty years ago. Much more commercialized and the prices seem high. It's still a fun place to visit.

  10. Love the Amish pictures. They remind me of Lancaster, PA another Amish community that is right near our home town. It is always fun to travel through the area and see real hard work in action.

    Visiting the home stomping ground is never relaxing. We are headed to PA in a week and half to visit our daughter, friends, doctors, etc. Jessica's list is growing every day!

    John and Pam


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