Saturday, April 14, 2012

Bed and Breakfast near Sugarcreek, Ohio Share History

Since our bed and breakfast is near Sugarcreek, Ohio I've always been curious about it's history and why it is called "Little Switzerland".   Many people think of the intersection of State Routes 39 and 93 as "Sugarcreek".  If you look at some of the signage you will see that they call that area Shanesville.  I discovered that this intersection is where two Indian trails used to cross.  A gentleman by the name of Abraham Shane gave the name of Shanesville to this town in 1814.
Many of the people that settled in this area were Swiss descendants or German descendants.  The rolling hills and country setting was much like that of their home Country.  The population of the area grew so quickly because of the railroad that Shanesville was divided into two sections. The larger part of town  was called East Shanesville.  That part of town was near some water called Sugar Creek and they eventually changed the name from East Shanesville to have their own identity.  Over time the two words were merged together to the name that we currently know, Sugarcreek.
It is no wonder why we find cheese factories in the area that produce award winning cheese since they brought their Swiss cheese making techniques to our country.  Tourists today love the area for the bulk foods, gift shops, festivals such as the Ohio Swiss Festival, and for the food.  Because Sugarcreek is in the area of the world's largest Amish community you will find a combination of Swiss and Amish businesses and food in the area.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

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