May 15, 2008


Well we needed the rain, but this is ridiculous!  Guess we are getting our April Showers in May.  I have NEVER seen the flowering shrubs and bushes as beautiful as they were this year.  Our lilac was so full the poor thing was all drooped over from the weight of the blossoms.  We are thankful we haven't had the terrible storms and tornadoes they have had in Missouri and Arkansas.

The folks at Landoll's Castle near Loudonville weren't so lucky though.  I believe it was on the 4th, that the Castle Restaurant burned to the ground.  Fortunately, no one was hurt.  I haven't heard, but imagine it will be re-built.  Maybe some of you are familiar with the Landoll Castle? 

Oh, thanks to whoever dropped off the inkjet cartridges and left them on my front porch.  I appreciate it. I have been collecting them for several years now. They are recycled and the money I get for them goes to help a school for orphans in Zambia.  Last year I believe I received around $800 from cartridges that would have ended up in the landfill.  Thanks!

We went to the Training Center Spring Festival last Saturday.....stayed a good share of the day, eating both breakfast and lunch there.  Even bought a few things.  They ended up having a nice day after getting rained on the night before.  I hope someof you will be able
to double click on the picture to the right and hear the auctioneer
selling this nice little drop leaf table.  Don't know why it went so
high!! (Click again to turn it off).

I hope you enjoy this issue of the newsletter.  Be sure to check
the scrolling calendar below or the calendar page on the website.
Lots of things going on now.

Carol Sechriest

Gas Pains?

Feeling the pain at the pump?  Gas prices went up 20 cents over night to $3.97 here this week . Sure makes a person think about where they are going and how much can be done all in one trip. 
I mentioned the webpoll in the last issue.....rather interesting.  21% of the people polled canceled their plans to come here, but 63% did not make any changes.  At this time, there were only 63 people who
had submitted their vote and that was when the gas was about $3.50. 

Something else interesting is most of the maps I have been selling go out of Ohio.  I assume they are coming to visit or they wouldn't need a map.  Don't come here without getting the Amish Highways & Byways Map ahead of time.  People write to me all the time and thank me for it since it is so helpful.

Amish Walmart?

A couple years ago when I was helping with tours, the
tour director jokingly called one of the Amish General
Stores, "the Amish Walmart" and it stuck.  The "real"
name of the store was Weaver's General Store located
on TR 656.  I decided to stop there recently and was
surprised to find out he had sold out and the new owners
have opened as Pleasant Hill Country Store.  I don't
believe it is quite as big, but they sure manage to pack
a lot of items in there.  Besides all the tools, toys, books,
knick-knacks, household items, gifts, camping items, etc,
there's a gas refrigerator with cold pop and water for just
50 cents each.  Check the freezer for ice cream bars. 
Also 50 cents. 

The Amish ladies like stainless steel cookware and they
have a nice selection of bowls, skillets, pots and pans,
ladles, etc.  Good quality stuff!

To find Pleasant Hill Country Store, go to L-7 on your map.  It is at the corner of TR 606 and TR 656.
While you are in that area, stop at the Ashery Country Store.  It is my favorite bulk food store near the intersection of SR 214 and CR 200.  I remember going there YEARS ago when I was much younger!
Get an ice cream cone and sit on the porch and watch the buggies go by!

Open on Sunday

Most people seem to think there is "nothing" open on Sunday in Ohio Amish Country.  Well, it is true that all Amish businesses and many Mennonite businesses are closed to observe the Sabbath. If the business employs mostly Amish or Mennonite workers, it will be closed.   But there are many other businesses that are open. 

If you need a place to eat on a Sunday, you will find The Farmstead Restaurant in Berlin open with
a nice Sunday buffet, salad and dessert bar.  They are located near the Comfort Suites, behind Main Street to the north.

The Chalet in the Valley Restaurant on SR 557 (road to Charm) is open and serving their wonderful Swiss and German meals in addition to their regular menu.  You can also pick up some cheese across
the road at Guggisberg Cheese Factory from 11 to 4:00.  (Good time to go as it is not so crowded!)

Troyer's Country Dining is a favorite of ours on a Sunday.  They have a great breakfast buffet all day, a salad bar or family dinner buffet  starting at 11:00.  Located 1 miles west of Berlin on SR  39 and US 62.

If you're just looking for a quick sandwich and a bowl of soup or a salad, Java Jo Coffee House in Berlin might be for you.  Located near the traffic light on west Main St. in downtown Berlin.

The Victorian House Museum in Millersburg is open on Sunday from 1 to 4:00 and is well worth staying in town for.  Then head  downtown Millersburg and check out the antique shops (don't forget the one on  S. Clay St. across from the Lutheran Church).

If you are heading back east toward Dover, make sure you stop at Warther's Carving Museum.  It is very close to I-77 at 331 Karl Ave., Dover.  Open 9-5 with the last tour starting at 4:00.

If all else fails, just take a leisurely drive through the hills and valleys of Amish Country and take time to appreciate the scenery that brings many people to Holmes County year after year.
Other Stuff
Here is a letter I  just received from a subscriber:

I just want to thank you for the information you gave me.  We just got home from our visit to Holmes County.  We took your advice and went to the auction at the Training Center in Millersburg.  We went Friday night and bought baked goods and watched some of the volleyball games, as well as looking at all the auction items.  It was very enjoyable.  I think we drove all the county roads on the map I ordered from you.  The countryside there is beautiful and especially the animals in the fields.  The only thing wrong with the trip was that we could not stay longer.  We love the Amish Country.  Thanks again for the info and the calendar on your web site..................L S, North Carolina


OR, Check the full calendar here by clicking on the link below.
Ohio Amish Country Calendar 

You can check any month you like, by clicking on the
arrows next to the name of the month or going to the box
that says "Go To Date"  .When you find an interesting item,
click on it to read the details.  (A window will pop up so
you can print it out to bring with you or you can have a
reminder message sent to you.)  You can sort by Category,
and select the view to  by the month, week, day or
get a listing of events.


Recipe from Amish Country

I was looking through the Simple Life Devotional and liked the one on P. 38, From the Heart
which is about giving and sharing with others.   Luke 6:38

Food for Thought: While seeking happiness for others, we unconsciously find it for ourselves.


2 c. flour, sifted2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. cream of tartar1/2 t. salt
2 T. sugar1/2 c. shortening
1 egg, unbeaten2/3 c. milk

Prehat oven to 450 degrees. In a large bowl, sift together all dry ingredients.  Cut in the
shortening until the mixture is crumbly.  Add milk, then egg.  Blend well.  Roll out the dough
and cut, or drop by spoonfuls on baking sheet.  Bake 10-15 minutes.  Very good with sausage gravy.  Miriam Miller

The Simple Life Devotional by Wanda Brunstetter is just $4.97 on my website books page. 

Get your  Amish Highways and Byways Map

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.  They are $3.95 plus shipping (and tax if you live in Ohio).  You can get it on my website at using a credit card or online check through PayPal.  You don't need a PayPal account to use it.  Just follow the directions. 

RECYCLE YOUR USED INKJET CARTRIDGES - we recycle them and send the
money to King World Missions in Zambia to help support King World School.   Thanks to the folks who have done this!  Send them to me at the address below.  PS.  These need to be
newly manufactured, NOT re-manufactured or already recycled.  HP, Lexmark, Cannon,  Apple, Compaq, Dell, and Xerox from home computers only.  NO EPSONS.  Thanks!

If you like this newsletter, why not tell a friend? I am getting lots of good feed back from some of my subscribers. Otherwise, feel free to unsubscribe by  sending me an email here I need to know the email address you used when you subscribed.  Thanks
Till next time!

Dutchland Marketing
Carol Sechriest
238 E Jackson St.
Millersburg, OH 44654

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Some of the baked goods for sale
at the Training Center auction.
SORRY!  I had to delete the video because it used up so much bandwidth on my website that they had to shut it down.  Live and learn!!!