THE MT. HOPE AUCTION is bustling with its weekly activity (top) while a young Amish father and his children (below) are pictured behind their family vehicle—the horse drawn variety, one of countless others in this bucolic setting.
A DAY TRIP TO AMISH COUNTRY--
Here’s a spiffy idea for an easy day’s road-trip. Glide the family chariot to Kidron, OH and take a peek at Lehman’s Hardware and their amazingly enlarged emporium stuffed with goodies to support a relaxed and environmentally friendly life-style.
Kidron is just a chip shot east of Apple Creek between US routes 30 and 250.
Sue and I met friends Dave and Cathy Richardson there for a mid-morning tour then headed south for Mt. Hope and their weekly, Amish auction.
The road in front of Lehman’s drops south, crosses US 250 and wyes into SR 241 straight to Mt. Hope. Their auction is held every Wednesday. There you will find a delightful auction barn where livestock is sold at warp speed.
The barn area is surrounded by a flea-market of seasonal produce and enough other goodies to satisfy everyone’s urge to consume—something.
The county road on the east side of the auction facility is CR 77 and drops straight south to a stop light at US 62 where a right turn will deposit you in Berlin; the shopping Mecca smack dab in the center of the largest Amish community in the US.
From Berlin we meandered south then west on pastoral country roads through a half dozen or so rural miles of Amish countryside to the Millersburg Hotel, a charmingly restored facility from that time long past.
It’s been there since before Mr. Lincoln was president.
Their dining tavern is a great place to soothe one's aging bones as a marvelous day with good friends dissolves into one of life's nice memories.
From the front door of the hotel, point the family chariot west. You will be on SR 39, less than 40 miles from Mansfield.