Historic Tourist Attraction Victim of Economy

The Mount Summit Inn on the old Lincoln Highway near Uniontown, Pennsylvania, has closed it’s doors.  The rustic inn with the breathtaking view has been visited by US Presidents from Warren G. Harding to John F. Kennedy.

The owner of the nearly 90 year old inn was quoted in local newspapers as saying that his banks refusal to approve a loan made it impossible to continue operations.  Their last day was Sunday, January 25th.


John Mercer Langston, first African-American elected official
John Mercer Langston, first African-American elected official

If you are interested in history there is a unique tie-in to the inauguration of Barak Obama as the first African-American President of the United States right here in northern Ohio.

It was 1855 and John Mercer Langston, an African-American lawyer had moved to the small farming community of Brownhelm in Lorain County.  He became involved in community affairs and was elected by the all-white community to the post of township clerk.  Thus becoming the first African-American ever elected to public office in the United States.

A historical marker in front of the old Brownhelm School on North Ridge Road commemorates the event.


This Saturday in the Cleveland Plain Dealer we look at inexpensive ways to celebrate New Years Eve.  We take a sleigh ride..or a carriage ride if the weather is too warm and there is no snow,  across the palatial estate of former U. S. President Rutherford B. Hayes in Fremont.  Then its off to the Merry-go-round Museum in Sandusky for rock bottom prices for an evening of food, drink and free rides on the carousel.  We wrap up the night with a visit to the; tiny community of Elmore in Ottawa County where sausage is king and they observe New Year’s Eve by sausage-tossing games. and finally on to Port Clinton where the countdown to midnight is celebrated by lowering a huge fiberglass Walleye fish.  Best of all admission to some of these events is free and for others the price is very low.  You can read my column in the PD by signing on to www.cleveland.com and typing in my name.  Attached to this story are some of the photos that were left out by the paper.

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