March-April 2009 

Greetings from Ohio Amish Country:

We welcome the first day of spring!!  Daylight Savings time is a reality.  Birds now brighten our days with song!!  We have an opportunity to enjoy sunlit evenings and beautiful Amish Country sunsets!!  Also note the variety in the Ohio Amish Country Happenings.  We have nature, shopping, new flea markets, and many traditional offerings in Ohio Amish Country.  Be sure to visit our calendar of events on the website. 

Enjoy the newsletter!

Claudia, Betty Jo, and Chris
Ohio Amish Country Visitor Center
87 W Jackson Street
Millersburg, OH 44654

The Ohio Amish Country Visitor Center in Millersburg is open 1-6:00 on Monday, Thursday, Friday and 10-6:00 on Saturday from now to the end of May.
Summer hours will be posted later.

Ohio Amish Country Happenings Newsletter

Mohican Valley Bald Eagle Watch
Bald Eagles have inhabited the Mohican Valley.  Come to the Mohican River Inn located on CR 23 (Wally Road – an Ohio Scenic Byway) along the western edge of Holmes County.  Consider an outing throughout the Mohican River area along the border of Holmes, Knox, and Ashland Counties.  The Mohican River Inn is an "unofficial" information center regarding the Mohican Valley Eagle Watch on March 20-21.  But note, the bald eagles are nesting residents in the valley throughout the season.

Directions to the Mohican River Inn: From Loudonville, go South on SR 3 for approximately ½ mile, onto CR 23 (Wally Road - an Ohio Scenic Byway).  Go several miles.  The Mohican River Inn driveway on the right.  Watch for the sign.  Follow the winding gravel driveway up the hill to the Mohican River Inn on the ridge top.  Enjoy the view!!!   Andy Miller is the proprietor.   He can be reached at the Mohican River Inn, In the HEART of Mohican Country!,
Tel: (800) 228-5118, Local: (419) 994-1200

Shreve Sensation Migration
Saturday, March 28, 2009, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Shreve Elementary School,
598 North Market Street (State Route 226), Shreve, Ohio 44676

Peak spring bird migration event includes self-guided tours with experts located at Help Stations in the nearby Killbuck Marsh, Shreve Lake, Brown’s Bog and Funk Bottoms wildlife areas, Ohio’s largest inland natural wetland complex, covering 5,512 acres. Professional workshops, birding, wildlife and wetland vendor displays, pancake breakfast and lunch concessions, as well as children’s programs are held in the Shreve Elementary School.

A $10.00 admission ($15.00 per family) includes any or all events and workshops. Registration will open at 7:00 a.m. at the Shreve Elementary School with FREE MAPS to the Help Stations (located in the marsh and at three other sites, all near Shreve). The Birder's Marker Place opens at 8:00 a.m.

The Shreve Spring Migration Sensation is sponsored by the ODNR Division of Wildlife; Friends of the Killbuck Marsh, Inc.; The Wilderness Center; Greater Mohican Audubon Society; Tri-way Local Schools; Shreve Library and Shreve Business & Community Association.

Walnut Creek Amish Flea Market
We are excited about welcoming you to two new Flea Markets in Holmes County. The Walnut Creek Amish Flea Market is operated by a mother and daughter. They were former vendors at the Holmes County Amish Flea Market for years and now are building a new facility all under one roof and offering a variety of activities from demonstrations to entertainment as well as great bargain shopping. Opening April-December: Thurs, Fri. and Sat. 9-5. 330-201-2183

Note that the former Holmes County Amish Flea Market is now known as the Holmes County Expo Center and features special events and conferences.

Holmes County Flea Market
The Holmes County Flea Market, located on SR 39 in Berlin, is owned by Alan Zinck who is well known in the area for his fabric shops. The market will house 70 vendors inside who are setting up at this writing as well as 30 additional vendors outside. Opening is scheduled to take place the first weekend in April if all goes well.  In April they plan to be open on Thursdays through Saturdays, 9-5.

The market is located directly behind the Zinck’s in Berlin Fabric Outlet across from the Hummel Insurance Company on SR 39. Shoppers will delight in the convenience of shopping the Swiss Valley Bulk Food Store, Heini’s Cheese Market, Yoder’s Bakery and a fresh meat market all rounding out a one-stop shopping experience under one roof. Check the website:

These two new flea markets will be a welcome site in Holmes County since they reflect the Ohio Amish Country experience of flea market shopping for many visitors.

Below you will find a long list of visitor opportunities, sights, programs.  It is our pleasure to serve you.

The Millersburg Glass Museum
During the first quarter of 2009, Holmes County is celebrating the history and founding of the Millersburg Glass Company.  This company, a maker of pressed crystal and carnival glass, was considered a grand economic development opportunity in pre-World War I rural Ohio, known today as Ohio Amish Country.  All the elements were in place for a special entrepreneurship success story.

Throughout 2009, The Millersburg Glass Museum is celebrating the 100th anniversary marking the founding of the Millersburg Glass Company.  Production at the new plant in Millersburg, Ohio began on May 10, 1909. One hundred years later, the Millersburg Glass Museum invites everyone to celebrate the creation of Millersburg Crystal and Carnival Glass, classic American glass tableware.

The History of Millersburg Glass
Here is a little background.  John W. Fenton left Fenton Art Glass in Williamstown, West Virginia, in mid-1908 to promote the idea of a new glass plant in Millersburg. This venture quickly caught on with local business leaders, many of whom became investors in the enterprise. Sales of company stock financed the purchase of land. Groundbreaking for the new glass factory took place on September 14, 1908.

The Millersburg area newspapers reported on every aspect of the plant’s construction, and there was much local interest when the state-of-the-art facility was completed in May 1909. The first glass products were crystal, but the Millersburg Plant soon decided to ride the wave of enthusiasm for iridescent glassware that had been started by the Fenton Art Glass Company in 1907-1908.

In early 1910, the Millersburg company brought out its line of “Radium” glassware. One trade publication described its “brilliancy” as “all the soft colors of changeable silk”. Patterns for the new Radium ware were likely designed by John W Fenton, and there is evidence that some of the firm’s products were exported to England.

The Millersburg Glass Co. struggled financially from the outset and bills were left unpaid due to excessive design costs and lack of profitable sales.  Many creditors pursued legal actions against the company in 1911. The firm went into receivership and then into bankruptcy.  A single, key stockholder purchased all of the company’s assets with a view to resuming glass production. The Millersburg Glass Co. was reorganized as the Radium Glass Co. in late 1911, but production lasted only a few months before the plant was shut down in May 1911.

The Millersburg Glass Museum, located 87 W. Jackson St., Millersburg, is currently open on Monday, Thursday and Friday from 1:30-6 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. The museum is also open by appointment by phoning 330-674-2497 or 330-231-8576. The Museum displays more than 275 pieces of Millersburg Crystal and Carnival Glass in custom built, illuminated cabinets.  Tours are welcome.  The fee is $3.  Summer hours will be expanded.

Amish Highways and Byways Map
Already visitors are making plans to visit Holmes County and experience the many activities and attractions we have to offer. The Ohio Amish Country Visitor Center has the new and updated 2009 Amish Highways and Byways map.  You can click on the map button and use your credit card with PayPal to order this special map.  The map shows in detail all federal, state, county, township, and official “private roads” in Holmes County.  We will include with your order a copy of the 2009 Map and Directory listing the museums, attractions, restaurants printed by the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce.  Visit our website:

It's a good idea to get one before you come here, especially if it is your first visit.  All of the B&Bs, hotels, cabins, inns and campgrounds are listed, complete with addresses and contact information.  Having all this information in your hands before you come, makes it easy to plan your trip.  The price is $3.95 plus shipping (and tax if you live in Ohio).  You can order it through our website at using a credit card or online check through Pay Pal.  You do not need a Pay Pal account to use it. 
Just follow the directions on-line. 

For more information you may phone 330-674-2497 or visit us at or

Springtime Planting Season
As always we look forward to seeing the Amish begin spring planting in their large fertile fields. You will see them standing or sitting on the horse drawn equipment they use to work the rich soil in readiness to planting crops for a fruitful harvest in late summer and fall. Horses are used extensively by the Amish.  For religious reasons, they do not drive motor vehicles.  The horse, a mainstay on Amish farms, is used for transportation and farming. Families typically own a buggy horse as well as one or more draft horses.  Witness the launching of spring by driving around the county and viewing our farmer preparing the fields for crops.

Holmes County Historical Society Chinese Auction – April 4th
On Saturday, April 4, be sure to plan on attending the Chinese Auction at St Peter Catholic Church. Doors open at 1 p.m and drawings begin at 3 p.m. Admission is $5.00 and includes the first 25 bid tickets. Many items will be available for all ages and interest. The auction is a fund raiser for the Historical Society with proceeds going toward preserving Holmes County History and museum operations. If you have not attended a Chinese auction before here is your chance to participate and have a lot of fun. Members will assist you on how it works. Don’t miss this event.
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March and April Calendar of Events:

March 2009

March 19 - 21, 2009
Amish Country Quilt Show
Holmes County Expo Center
3149 SR 39
Walnut Creek, OH 44687

March 20 - 21, 2009
Mohican Valley Eagle Watch
Mohican River Inn
16124 CR 23 (Wally Road)
Loudonville, Ohio
800-228-5118 or 419-994-1200

March 21, 2009
2nd Annual Pamper Me Pajama Party
Carlisle Inn - Walnut Creek
4949 SR 515
Walnut Creek, Ohio 44687
1-877-422-7547 (1-877-4 Carlisle)

March 22, 2009
Toy and Train Show
Buckeye Expo Center
630 Henry St.
Dalton, Ohio 44618

March 24 - 25, 2009
Buckeye Furniture Show-Wholesale Only
Buckeye Expo Center
630 Henry St.
Dalton, Ohio 44618

March 26 - September 26, 2009
My Name is Ruth - Dinner Theater
Amish Door Restaurant
1210 Winesburg St.
Wilmot, Ohio, 44689
330-359-5464 or 888-264-7436

March 28, 2009
WCACG Craft Show
Wayne County Arts and Crafts Guild
Greenbriar Conference and Party Centre
Wooster, Ohio

April 2009

April 01 - June 30, 2009
Millersburg Glass 100th Anniversary, Ohio Star Pattern Featured
Millersburg Glass Museum
87 W. Jackson St.
Millersburg, Ohio, 44654

April 04, 2009
5th Annual Chinese Auction
Holmes County Historical Society
St. Peter's Catholic Church
Millersburg, Ohio, 44654

April 15 - May 09, 2009
Explosion of Color -- 7,000 Tulips!
Lamplight Inn Bed & Breakfast
North Market St.
Berlin, Ohio

April 17 - 18, 2009
Buckeye Expo Center
630 Henry St.
Dalton, Ohio 44618

April 22, 2009
Wooster Campus SCARLET, GRAY, and GREEN FAIR
Wooster branch of Ohio State University
1680 Madison Ave.,
Wooster, Ohio, 44691

April 23, 2009
Mike & Kelly Bowling - Gospel Dinner Concert
Amish Door Restaurant
1210 Winesburg St.
Wilmot, Ohio, 44689
330-359-5464 or 888-264-7436

April 25, 2009
The Holmes County Baby Show
Holmes County Expo Center
3149 SR 39
Walnut Creek, Ohio 44687


German Chocolate Cheese Cake

1 package German Chocolate cake mix

Prepare cake mix as directed, set aside
2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese
1 ½ cup sugar

Beat together in a bowl until smooth. Then add
4 eggs (lightly beat)

Beat on low until blended.  Pour half of cake batter into a greased 9x13 cake pan.  Gently pour cream cheese mixture over batter.  Spoon on rest of cake batter, spreading to edge of pan.  Bake at 325 degrees for 70-75 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Let cool.

1 cup sugar
½ cup butter
1 cup evaporated milk
3 egg yolks (beat)

Cook over medium heat until thickened and thermometer reads 160 degrees.  Remove from heat. Then add
1 ½ cup coconut
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup pecans (chop)

Stir, cool until frosting reaches spreading consistency.  Spread on cooled cake.  Refrigerate leftovers.

Source: Grandma Emma: Miller Family Cookbook, page 90.  Cookbook is available through the website at under the cookbook tab.

See cookbooks on the homepage menu.


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on the link below.
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Recipe from Amish Country

For recipes check out this cookbook
found on the Cookbook page of this website.

Amish Friends Cookbook’ by Wanda Brunstetter

The next newsletter will contain another Amish cooking recipe.


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Ohio Amish Country Visitor Center
87 W Jackson Street
Millersburg, OH 44654
Telephone: 330-674-2497 

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