Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Your Amish Country Vacation in Ohio Should Include a Visit to Yoder's Amish Home

If you want to learn more about the local culture on your next Amish Country vacation in Ohio, be sure to visit Yoder's Amish Home & Farm.  This property was actually an Amish homestead before it was purchased by the Yoders in 1972.  There are 116 acres on this property complete with a barn, farm houses, schoolhouse and more.  Mr. Yoder was raised Amish until he turned 21 years old.  His wife was raised in the "English" community but was surrounded by Amish.  You have several options for touring here.  Visit the barn that was built in 1885 and has some unique hand hewn beams and pegs besides bunnies, lambs, beagles, and colts.  You can also take a 30-40 minute tour through the 2 homes on the property and learn about the differences between Old Order and New Order Amish.  Don't leave without taking a ride in a real Amish buggy.  The drivers are members of the Amish church and love to visit with the tourists.  After taking the buggy ride you will be glad that you will leave the property in a car!  A few years back a one-room schoolhouse was moved to the property so that visitors could learn more about Amish parochial schools that are free of electricity.  Throughout the year you will find various special events such as Apple Butter Stirring or Fall Butchering Days.  Take time to visit the gift shop and bakery while you are there.  This is a seasonal business that opens some time in April and closes in October.  It is located off of State Route 515 not too far from Walnut Creek.  This State Route is a very scenic drive so take your time and enjoy the view!
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

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