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.
Clifton Mill, built in 1802, is the largest remaining water powered grist mill in the United States. A restaurant at the mill serves breakfast, (famous for buckwheat pancakes), and lunch, but is closed in the evenings.. Karen and I had a great lunch here and enjoyed exploring the old mill and browsing the gift shop. We sat for an hour on the back porch of the mill, waiting out a summer thunderstorm, and were thoroughly enchanted by the rhythmic turning of the waterwheel and the rushing water through Clifton Gorge.
From Yellow Springs take U.S. 68 (Xenia Ave), turn east on Ohio 343, drive four miles and then turn right on Clay Street. You'll immediately see the mill from Clay.
Located in Highland County in southern Ohio, The Seven Caves is a wondrous place. It is an Ohio Natural Landmark, comprised of a stunningly beautiful gorge about 70 feet deep, cut by Rocky Fork and Paint Creeks. Three well marked trails lead visitors on a self guided tour to - and through - The 7 Caves, each with it's own unique formations and appeal: Witches Phantom, Bear, McKimie, Marble, Dancing, and Cave of the Springs. The caves are rich in history and legends of Indians, outlaws, early settlers, and wildlife. In addition to the caves themselves, there are numerous other interesting geologic features you will see along the trails: Sweetheart Falls, Sleepy Hollow, Devil's Ice Box, Phantom Chimney, Fairies Grotto and more. We spent a very enjoyable afternoon exploring here and felt it was well worth our visit.
This is a privately owned park and is open year 'round from 9-6 daily. Although the caves are illuminated, a flashlight might also be useful for more thorough exploration. There is also a shady picnic grove, and the Cliff House, which offers gift items and snacks.
Admission is $10 for adults, with discounts being offered to seniors and groups. Children are half price. Three Ohio state parks are within 20 miles of The 7 Caves: Paint Creek, Rocky Fork and Pike Lake. At the campgrounds for each of these parks one may obtain a discount coupon for $2.00 off the admission price to The 7 Caves. A discount coupon may also be printed out from the web site listed below.
7600 Cave Road
Bainbridge, OH 45612
This wonderful gem of a state park is on the southern edge of Ohio, near the Ohio River, and in the foothills of the Appalachians. It is surrounded by the 63,000 acre Shawnee State Forest, with wooded hills so picturesque that the area is know as "The Little Smokies." These were the ancient hunting grounds of the Shawnee Indians, and still one of Ohio's prime areas for wildlife.
We have camped in the park and taken advantage of the beautiful hiking trails that are here. Other ammenities include a modern Lodge, restaurant, cottages, boating, fishing, swimming, golf, a horse camp, and more. The park is far from major metropolitan areas and seldom crowded.
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
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
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
At the northern tip of Ohio, on the shore of Lake Erie, stands Marblehead Lighthouse, the oldest light on the Great Lakes, and still one of the most picturesque. The 65 feet tall stone tower, built in 1821, is in an idyllic setting, at the eastern tip of Marblehead Peninsula, where Hwy. #163 dead-ends at a rocky point jutting out into Lake Erie.
Marblehead lighthouse has been the subject of a United States Postage Stamp, and it's likeness also appears on one version of the Ohio state license plate. It is no doubt one of the most photographed landmarks in the Buckeye State. The lighthouse, still active, is preserved in a 9 acre state park. The old keeper's house beside the light is now a museum, and there are also picnic areas in the park. Tours are offered June - October. Click on the web link below for current times.
Cuyahoga Valley Naional Park lies around the homonym river in the Cleveland metro area. One of the tributaries, the Branwywine Creek, has carved a gorge after an 18-meter drop. This isn't an extraordinary waterfall but worth a visit while taking a hike on one of the numerous trails around the park, or just the one-minute walk from the parking lot. Nice when frozen.
My GPS track
This harbor along the south shores of Lake Erie was important as both a point of passage for early Mormon ‘gatherers’ coming from the religion’s home grounds in New York and for missionaries who sallied forth throughout the then civilized areas of North America. Two lighthouses originally lit the way for boats coming into the harbor off the lake - the main lighthouse being erected in 1825 as the port became an important transshipment point for the Eire Canal port of Buffalo.
Joseph Smith, Jr., announced, in December 1830, that believers should gather to the Kirtland, Ohio. Original members were concentrated in three New York localities. So in three companies, they came west in the spring of 1831, through Buffalo and over the lake to Fairport - 67 from Colesville, near Binghamton, 80 from Fayette and another 50 from Manchester (both near Syracuse). As compared to future Mormon exoduses, this was a fairly easy journey, but still, the process of ‘gathering’ meant most everything people had was left behind. Property and goods sold for a pittance on short notice. The process would be repeated several times more in the future. A plaque was erected in 2003 to commemorate those who journeyed through Fairport and the role the town and port played in Mormon history. An exhibit further describing that history is found in the Fairport Museum.
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
Seip Mound is an ancient burial site of the Hopewell Indians who inhabited much of what is present day Ohio from around 100 B.C. until 500 A.D. The mound, which stands 30 feet high and 240 feet long by 130 feet wide is surrounded by about two miles of earthworks. The surrounding earthworks once stood 10 feet high, but have been erroded by time, nature, and cultivation.
Seip Mound is located in Ross County, off US-50, 14 miles southwest of Chillicothe and about 2 miles east of Bainbridge, Ohio. The site is operated by the Ohio Historical Society and is open year round, during daylight hours. There is a parking lot, picnic area, and interpretative exhibits. There is no admission charge.
Site Operations Department
The Ohio Historical Society
1982 Velma Avenue
Columbus, OH 43211
Caesar Creek State Park lies in southwestern Ohio in three counties: Warren, Clinton and Greene. The centerpiece of the park is the 2,830-acre Caesar Creek Lake, a reservoir built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1970s. The dam is 3 miles above the mouth of Caesar Creek, a tributary of the Little Miami River. The reservoir was built for flood control, and also offers outstanding recreational opportunities, as well as a water supply for nearby communities.
Operated jointly by the Corps of Engineers and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the park is popular with those who enjoy camping, fishing, hunting, boating, picnicking and hiking. Karen and I have particularly enjoyed walking some of the 43 miles of trails, which lead along the lakeshore and through deep wooded ravines, woodlands and meadows.
There is also a very nice Nature Center in the Park and a restored Pioneer Village, with 15 historic structures depicting life in the early 1800s.
The park is open year round; there is no admission charge.
8570 East S.R. 73
Waynesville, OH 4506
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.
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.
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