Sunday, March 18, 2012

Amish Country Inn Shares History of Walnut Creek, Ohio

One of the favorite places of our Amish Country Inn that is located in Holmes County, Ohio is the town of Walnut Creek.  If you have ever driven from downtown Walnut Creek to Walnut Creek Cheese you have past one of the most historical places in the County and probably didn't even know it.  On the south side of State Route 39 you will find County Road 114.  Just off of the State Route you will see an old home with an historical marker in front.  That marks the home of Jonas Stutzman who was the first permanent settler in eastern Holmes County who was Amish.  One of the things that Stutzman is famous for is that he published a booklet that stated that the Lord would return to earth in 1853.  He wanted people to have the chance to save their souls and repent.  He was so sure of his prediction that he built a wooden chair that he prepared for Christ to sit in.  Today you can see that chair at the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center inside the mural, Behalt.  Behalt is on County Road 77 in the Berlin area just south of Heinis Cheese Chalet.  Tourists can drive by Stutzman's home but cannot tour it since it is now a private home.
In the town of Walnut Creek you will see business names like Carlisle Inn or Carlisle Gifts.  The town was originally called New Carlisle before it became Walnut Creek.  Many of the original settlers were of Swiss and German descent.  One place that you will want to visit is the German Culture Museum.  There you will see displays depicting the history of the township.
Today the town is one of our favorite places because of the businesses:  Coblentz Chocolate Company, Carlisle Gifts, P.Graham Dunn Gallery, Walnut Creek Cheese, and Rebecca's Bistro.  If you visit Holmes County be sure to make a stop in Walnut Creek, Ohio.

Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

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