How about a little tour through Holmes County, Ohio?
I realized I still have a lot of photos from last year’s visit. Since I’ll be going to some new communities starting next week, I thought it would be a good time to share them with you.
These were taken over a couple days in early December. You’ll notice the changing weather conditions, from bright and sunny to overcast and snowy.
There is no particular theme to this post – other than “things that caught my eye in Holmes County.”
Views From Around Holmes County
To start, the main road going through the town of Winesburg.
It’s a pretty little town surrounded by Amish farms in all directions. While there I had a nice meeting with the folks at JPV Press.
For literary people, this is not the Winesburg, Ohio of Sherwood Anderson fame – that town was fictional.
Some shots of farms and fields not too far from the Winesburg area. You can see the clouds have started rolling in.
Holmes County 77 is one of the main roads in the county. Head north from here to reach Mt. Hope.
An Amishman crosses the street in Mt. Hope. This little town is home to the Mt. Hope Auction, Wayne Dalton Garage Doors, and a popular Amish-style eatery. It is an “Amish town” if there ever was one.
That eatery is Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen. It draws both English and Amish customers.
Parking lot adjacent to Mrs. Yoder’s.
Possibly a Mrs. Yoder’s customer leaving after lunch.
This is what looks like a new hotel going up on the west side of town. I saw at least two or three new hotels in various stages of construction in the community. Holmes County remains a popular place to visit and that won’t be changing anytime soon.
Buggies parked near the Mt. Hope Auction. The Auction holds sales on average every couple days, if not more often. These include regular produce auctions, horse sales, and more. Great to visit for the atmosphere even if you don’t need a horse.
Unloading after errands?
Homestead Furniture is one of the largest Amish retail furniture stores in the community.
Some Amish business signs north of Mt. Hope.
Countryside Market. I stopped in and browsed a bit. A nice Amish food store. This is the place where the bookmobile was parked in the 5 Mystery Photos post from December.
A phone shanty with solar panel on top. Sometimes these are planted close to the home. Sometimes, not really.
Check out this phone shack post by David Arment to learn more on these important little buildings found in many Amish communities.
A Swartzentruber Amish schoolhouse. The schools of this group of Amish have a much plainer appearance than others.
Raber’s Bookstore. One of the best known book shops in all of Amishdom. Raber’s is also known for producing Raber’s Almanac.
Rich Stevick and I stopped in for a visit one morning. Mary Raber was inside at the register. To her credit she remembered me (I’ve been in a few times over the years). A warm and friendly person.
A buggy parked at Raber’s. The bookstore used to be housed in the building just behind it. It was cozier but their space was limited. Here are some photos from inside the old building, which Mary let me take in 2011 prior to their move to the new place.
Here’s a buggy body on the side of Highway 39. Not really sure what is going on here.
You might recognize this shot, I shared one close to it in the aforementioned 5 Mystery Photos post. This Amish woman is riding an electric bike.
I’ll close with what is possibly my favorite view in the entire community.
This is a Swartzentruber Amish farm which has always caught my eye whenever I travel down this road. Swartzentruber farms are easy to recognize by the characteristic red barn, rusty windmill, and metal roof.
Stop in for potatoes and eggs. At least that was in December. In April, the menu might be different.
I took a photo of the same farm maybe 10 years ago. It sits in a lovely valley. This spring shot is rather more cheerful than my December photos.
But I think you’ll notice it looks about the same today – the main difference being that a second house has been added, and a silo.
Here are some other posts from this visit, if you missed them.
A Visit to An Amish Candle Shop
Comparing Amish Women’s Head Coverings
A Visit to Charm Sweet Shoppe & Pizzeria
Buggy Lanes in Action
Amish Church Clothing
A Visit to Boyd & Wurthmann Restaurant
A Visit to A Swartzentruber Amish Rug Seller
I still have a couple more planned before closing the book on this trip, so stay tuned.