Although we are not Catholic, Karen and I have stopped here at Sorrowful Mother Shrine twice when passing through the area. We found it interesting to see how the devout flock to this out-of-the-way spot surrounded by farmland in northwestern Ohio.
With 120 acres, Sorrowful Mother is the largest Marian shrine in the Midwest. Paved pathways lead by the Stations of the Cross and Grotto of the Saints in a beautiful and serene park-like setting. There is also a cafeterria and a gift shop on the grounds.
The Sorrowful Mother Shrine was established in 1850 by Fr. Francis de Sales Brunner, a priest of the Society of the Most Precious Blood (now called the Missionaries of the Precious Blood) for the purpose of fostering devotion to the Mother of God. For information about daily masses and other activities click the website below.
4106 State Route 269
Bellevue, OH 44811
This tip is written by Jill Martin
When Dee and I plan our trips, I check to see if I can visit people,
libraries or cemeteries in the area in order to fill gaps in my genealogy.
Before this trip, I checked the internet for a cemetery in Preble County,
Ohio, just across the state line from Richmond, Indiana. Buried there was
Peter Eichenburg (Eikenberry) (1735-1812), my fifth great grandfather and
the first to come to America, in 1750 as his stone indicated.
Not only was Peter buried in the Wheatville or Eikenberry Cemetery, his tree
trunk tombstone was one of the largest in the cemetery. Next to the large
"tree trunk" commemorative marker was the small original 1812 stone with
marking still visible. There were some other Eikenberry stones as the
cemetery name indicates, but we concentrated on Peter. Checking my genealogy
information with the data on his tombstone, I discovered my data of his
birth was wrong and have corrected it and passed on the information to
Discovery of the cemetery took over an hour as we went down one country
road, then another. Our map was misleading. The Eikenberry Cemetery was
located in Lanier Township off Highway 122 on Quaker Trace Road. I¹m glad we
didn¹t give up because discovery of the Eikenberry Cemetery gave other
descendants and me some new information.
The Great Serpent Mound, the largest and finest serpent effigy in the world, is on a plateau overlooking Brush Creek Valley in Adams County, Ohio. The grass covered mound stretches like a coiled snake for a half mile (1,330-feet), and stands 3 to 4 feet high. It is thought to have been built by the Adena culture (American Indians) who lived in this area from around 800 B.C. to 100 A.D. This is a wonderful out-of-the-way spot to bring your children - and your imagination. Is is about an hour east of Cincinnati or 90 minutes south of Columbus and makes a great day-trip from those cities.
The site is operated by the Ohio Historical Society and is open to the public during the summer months. A souvenir shop, picnic area and restrooms are available.
3850 State Rt. 73
Peebles, OH 45660
Tuesday - Sunday, 10-5
$7.00 per vehicle
Located in rural southwestern Ohio, in Highland County, Rocky Fork State Park is just off U.S. Hwy. 50, about an hour east of Cincinnati. The park is named for the stream flowing through the park and it's central feature is a 2,040 acre reservoir which is a magnet for boaters, fishermen, and water sports enthusiasts. Three marinas around the lake provide launch ramps and boat rentals. Unlimited horsepower boating allows for excellent skiing The lake also provides catches of bass, muskellunge, bluegill, catfish, sagugye, crappie and walleye for skilled fishermen.
Camping is a favorite activity at Rockyfork with 250 modern campsites available. We enjoyed a wonderful October weekend camping here amidst the blazing autumn foilage. We also enjoyed hiking the two marked trails which led us through cool woodlands, a scenic gorge (70 feet deep), and past wetlands teeming with bird life.
With 1,384 land acres within the park, it is habitat not only for waterfowl, but also for songbirds, raccoons, skunk, red fox, opossum, and white-tailed deer.
9800 North Shore Drive
Hillsboro, OH 45133
statue of friendship from the city of Gifu Japan to it's sister city Cincinnati. Depicts a celebrated tradition begun 1200 years ago by fishermen and their trained comerant seabirds. The birds are tethered and necks secured to prevent swallowing . Released they swoop and capture fish and return to the boats with the catch.
Staue located at Eden Park Cincinnati 950 Eden Park Drive Cincinnati
To see the 'big jets' at the Cincinnati/N. Ky. International Airport...
Take 275 to the Mineola Pike exit. Go south until the road ends. Take a left at the light. At the next street take a right. The sign marks the spot.
Small fenced parking area. Outdoor toilet available (which is dreadful), waste cans and speakers so that you can hear the tower transmissions.
This is a Delta and Comair hub so you will see their jets more than anything else. The Comair jets are all CRJ (Canadair Regional Jets). http://www.fly-comair.com for more info on their schedules and jets.
Amish Country.If you see more than three black buggies in a row, that is considered a traffic jam in Ohio's Amish Country. Amish areas truly are a place apart, a land of plain people who forsake modern conveniences for a simpler way of life. And while these folks may look as if they are from hundreds of miles and decades away, that's not the case. Ohio is home to the world's largest Amish population, and through their back-to-basics lifestyle we can learn about life's simple pleasures such as a soul-warming home-cooked meal, a hand-made piece of furniture or a lovingly-stitched quilt, all found in abundance in Ohio's Amish Country.
If you are traveling through Ohio, get off the Interstate highways occasionally. Drive through Amish country on Rt. 36 or Rt. 30 (and others). You will find a lot of beautiful farm land and rolling hills (if you stay away from the flats of western Ohio near Indiana!).
Ohio has the largest Amish population of any state. Amish farms are scattered throughout Ohio. Amish farmers maintain their simplified way of life, rejecting modern conveniences, including modern farm machinery.
There is a large Amish population on the scenic country roads south of Route 30 and Wooster. Route 36 is a designated Scenic Route winding through Amish country.
Visit Oberlin... It is less than one hour drive SW from Cleveland. A perfect small Midwest city totally dominated by a College campus. Oberlin College was founded in 1833. The college that invented coeducation, first in US to award degrees to women in 1841. First to enroll (1835) African Americans. A VERY colorful and liberal place... check www.oberlin.edu
Hocking Hills is located in southeast Ohio, northeast of Cincinnati, near Chillocothe. The combination of sandstone cliffs and running streams have created a scenic wooded area of caves and waterfalls perfecting for hiking. Hocking Hills State Park features several scenic waterfalls and caves. Rockhouse cave, Old Man’s Cave are sandstone caves. The trails near Old Man’s Cave also feature several waterfalls. See my travelogue for additonal photos.
Holmes County, Ohio located northeast of Columbus, claims to have the largest population of Amish in the world. Most of the Amish came from Germany or Switzerland to escape religious persecution. They believe the bible teaches them to live a life of simplicity and distinct separation of church and state. They live in homes without electricity and use horses and buggies. Millions of tourists flock to the area to drive through and stop and buy Amish made crafts or furniture, or eat in Amish restaurants. Of course, the more tourists that come, the more it detracts from the restful ambiance that attracted them in the first place. One does not go to an Amish area looking for thrills or excitement. To get to Holmes County, take I-71 northeast from Columbus or southwest from Cleveland. Exit on Ohio State Rt. 97 and travel east to Loudenville, where you will connect with Ohio Rt. 39. As you drive east you will pass through several interesting places to stop described below:
Loudenville is located at the intersection of State Route 3 and State Route 39, near the Mohican State Park. This is a good place to stay for outdoor activities in or near the park. The Amish Oak Furniture Store, on Main Street in Loudenville specializes in Amish made furniture. The park has a campground and the Mohican Lodge State Resort Park (see description above in Lodging). The park has several hiking trails along the Mohican river. This is considered one of Ohio’s best rivers for canoeing or rafting. Several canoe liveries rent canoes, kayaks or rafts. See www.mohicancounty.org for the travel agency for Mohican County travel information which lists phone numbers for campgrounds and canoe rental information. The Ohio State Park web site (http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/parks/) links you to the web site to make reservations at any State Resort Park, or to stay in the cabins in the park, or call 800-282-7275 for cabin reservations. While at the Mohican state park you hike to the covered bridge, swim in an Olympic size pool, or go horseback riding. Families looking for more active vacations will find this area more appealing than the Amish area further east.
Driving east, you will come to Nashville, Millersberg and Berlin. The Holmes County Tourism Bureau is located in Millersburg. See, www.visitamishcountry.org for the web site. The small town of Berlin is the heart of the Amish country, but was a bit over-commercialized for my taste. Too many shops selling Amish made crafts and too many tourists somewhat spoiled the experience of attempting to share the peaceful way of life the Amish characterize.
I preferred the outlying smaller villages, such as Charm, located south of Berlin, or Mt. Hope and Winesburg, both located north of Berlin. Many of these towns have furniture stores that specialize in locally made Amish crafted furniture. Mt. Hope had two large stores. Homestead Furniture has a 27,000 square foot showroom which just opened in May and was celebrating its grand opening with homemade ice cream and strawberry pie. North of Mt. Hope, the town of Kidron has a great hardware store called Lehman’s that specializes in gas lamps, woodburning stoves and other things useful to Amish and tourists alike.
Near Berlin, we stopped at the Mennonite Information Center, located at 5798 Country Road 77, which shows a 15 minute film and has a panoramic circular mural depicting the history of the Amish and Mennonite religions. This center helps explain what the Amish believe, why they shun modern conveniences, dress in their old fashioned clothing, and helps answer other questions outsiders have about these families.
We also visited Yoder’s Amish Home located between Trail and Walnut Creek on State Rt. 515. This farm was purchased from an Amish family in 1984 and is designed to see how the Amish live on a daily basis. The farm has two houses. One is the older grandfather’s (“daudy”) house which is decorated with antique furnishings of the time when it was built in 1866. The larger house is decorated the way a modern Amish lives. We toured the homes and barn and bought some freshly made Amish cinnamon rolls which were delicious. The barn had several baby farm animals, puppies, and kittens on the day we visited. These farm animals were a big hit with my boys. Buggy rides are also available. Call 330-893-2541 for information. Hours are 10:00 to 5:00 Monday to Saturday, closed on Sunday. The cost is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for children.
Another good way to see farm animals and locals is to visit one of the livestock auctions Tuesdays in Farmerstown, Wednesdays in Mt. Hope, or Thursdays in Kidron.
Continuing East on Rt. 39, Walnut Creek has a very large Amish restaurant with a fantastic view of the valley below. Next to the restaurant is the Carlyle Village Inn (see description above) a very nice hotel, decorated with a Victorian decor.
Continuing East on Rt. 39, is Sugar Creek. The town doesn’t have as many Amish families. Early settlers were from Switzerland. Some of the towns buildings have been decorated with a Swiss design in an attempt to pull in tourists. The town is also the boarding point for the Ohio Central Rairoad, which takes visitors on a 1 hour steam train ride. Call 330-852-4676 for boarding times and other information. The fare is $9.00 for adults and $6.00 for children.
The Highest point in Ohio is on the ground of a tech school in Bellefontaine, Ohio. It is 1,550 ft above sea level
I used this road to reach a town where my great grandparents lived. Just a pretty drive with farms and small roads in every direction.
This historic site is a series of locks on a canal that once ran from Lake Erie to the Ohio River. Remnants of this Canal are spread throughout Western Ohio
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