A Mohican Adventure

Back in the late 1950’s Dick Frye, an avid outdoorsman, went on a canoe trip on a scenic river in Michigan.  He loved it so much he decided that he wanted to bring the sport to northern Ohio.

 In 1961, with six canoes and a station wagon, Frye opened The Mohican Canoe Livery on the banks of the Black Fork River on Route 3 south of Loudonville and started a business that eventually brought a new identity, “The Canoe Capitol of Ohio”, to the sleepy little town that until then was better known as the place where buses were built.

 Today there are seven canoe liveries up and down the Black Fork and Mohican Rivers and thousands of canoes that on a nice summer’s day can pack the placid streams making it look like I-71 at rush-hour.  But it is not just canoes anymore.  Today the canoes are joined by rafts, tubes and kayaks.

 The Black Fork and the Mohican Rivers are classified as “Class 1” rivers meaning they are usually shallow and slow moving which makes them perfect for hand powered watercraft.  The rides downstream (that means you don’t really have to do much rowing, just steer the boat) can run as short as seven miles which means that it can take up to two hours or you can take a trip lasting several days downstream.

……To read more about my Mohican Adventure you can read the entire story in the Saturday, July 25th edition of the Plain Dealer or visit their website: www.cleveland.com

The Castles Of Ohio

Castles In Ohio

My column in the Saturday, March 21st edition of the Plain Dealer is a look at some of the
 real castles that can be found around the state of Ohio. 
We explore “Glamorgan”, a castle built originally as a home which today houses the administrative offices of the Alliance City Schools.  It is a building with hidden passages as well as secret rooms.
We also travel to the Mohican Forest Area for a glimpse of the unusual Landoll’s Mohican Castle.   An unusual building that looks more like it belongs at Disneyworld than in the woods of northern Ohio.
Ravenwood Castle down in the Hocking Hills of southeast Ohio is in reality a bed and breakfast that was built within the last twenty years.  The owner, Sue Maxwell, said she wanted to build a place of romance and history.
And, finally, we visit Chateau La Roche, a castle near Cincinnati that is perhaps the most real castle in the state and, it is still cared for by a group of real knights.  They will tell you the story of Henry Andrews who spent his life building the castle.
Best of all you can visit each of these castles and even stay at some of them.  Read all about it in the Plain Dealer or at their website, www.Cleveland.Com