July 1, 2008


We are well into the summer season!!  At the Visitor Center we are seeing people from a wide variety of states and some countries.  The Fourth of July Weekend beckons.  June absolutely flew by.  The doors of the Visitor Center and Millersburg Glass Museum featuring Carnival Glass were open the evening of June 23rd to host the exhibit following the Millersburg Glass Symposium.  The locally produced glass is on display to the public six days a week during the summer months.  The symposium’s three speakers addressed the nuances of the Millersburg Carnival Glass peacock collection in a special symposium presentation.  Members of the audience brought some of their own valued glassware for display and discussion. 

The next big July 2008 events in Amish Country in addition to Independence Day activities, fireworks, and reunions are the Horse Progress Days and the Doughty Valley Steam Days.  See details below. 

Come visit Holmes County and Amish Country.  The flowers are now in full bloom along our many scenic routes and byways.  Hay mowing and harvesting is ever present.

Chris Sieverdes
Amish Country Byway Visitor Center


REMINDER: Fourth of July Weekend – Horse Progress Days

As stated in the previous newsletter, the 15th annual Horse Progress Days event will be held July 4 and 5 at the Mt. Hope Auction grounds in Mt. Hope, Ohio. Where farming is still done with horses, the Horse Progress Days highlight a showcase of the latest draft horse equipment and hitching techniques. See horse and equipment close up and in action.

Besides horse clinics and equipment seminars, booths and sales areas for everything ‘horses,’ there will be a children’s activity area and to close the event each night – the ‘Parade of Breeds.’ Tentatively the Breed presentations will be from 6 - 8 pm on Friday and 5 – 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Doughty Valley Steam Days:  Home of the Old Glory Machine. 
Thursday through Saturday, July 17-19, 2008.

Location: 5023 State Route 557 – Between Charm and Berlin, Ohio
Next to Guggisberg Cheese.  Watch for signs on State Route 39 between Millersburg and Berlin.

Come and enjoy an authentic experience.  See demonstrations of threshing, saw milling, plowing, single milling, and many other exhibits, the way it used to be in a natural setting.  Steam Days will feature steam engines, antique tractors, oil field and Hit & Miss Engines, antique tools and equipment.  A loading dock is available on the grounds.

For motel accommodations, please call one of the following numbers: 
877-435-6600, 877-411-7400, 866-999-9339 or Guggisberg Swiss Inn at 330-893-3600.

Come and enjoy the food, local cooking, homemade ice cream, and more!!!

Breakfast will be served on Friday and Saturday from 7:00-10:00 am.  The flyer prepared by the Doughty Valley Steam Days non-profit organization appears below.


Make plans to attend Baltic Days next year, if you were not able to attend this year.

Carol Sechriest attended the Baltic Days event on the third weekend of June.  Baltic, a small village in the southeastern portion of Holmes County, was home to its namesake event.  The two-day festivities were held in a “big field behind the Grocery Store” according to Carol.  There were many vendors selling “anything from pigeons and rabbits to saddles and ice cream and everything in between.”  It was a hot and humid Saturday so everyone enjoyed the homemade ice cream.  Enjoy the Baltic Days photos provided by Carol Sechriest.


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

For the summer 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.


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 www.OhioAmishCountry.com/map.html using a credit card or online check through PayPal.  You don't need a PayPal account to use it.  Just follow the directions. 

**New National Geographic Scenic Highways and Byways Book available. Free shipping offered for ALL purchases with the selection of a NG Scenic Highways Guidebook.
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!

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Visitor Center
87 W Jackson Street
Millersburg, OH 44654

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A Purple Martin bird house is a common sight here in Holmes County.