Gateway To Amish Country Has Other Attractions

The Dover-New Philadelphia area is often considered “The gateway to Ohio’s Amish
Country”.  But there is more to see than just the horse and buggy culture of the Amish.

While this area is noted for places like the Warther Carving Museum, this is home to many
other attractions, like the historic Lynn Drive-In Movie Theater.  The Lynn is not only the oldest,
still-operating, drive-in movie in Ohio, it is also the second oldest such theater in the entire United States.

2011 marks the 75th season for this venerable outdoor movie theater.  Started
in 1935, owner Rich Reding is the fourth generation of his family to operate
the theater.  The Lynn is located at 9735 State Route 250 in Strasburg.  You can
call for information at 330-878-5797 or visit their website at:

Early morning visitors to Dover follow the aroma of freshly-made bread to Bread Head
Bakery on north Wooster Avenue.
Self-proclaimed “hippie”, Jason Cannon, presides over the ovens and
turns out mouth-watering, made-from-scratch creations with interesting names
like, “Bad Breath Bread” (made with lots of fresh garlic), “Hippie Bread,”   and “
Far-out Focaccia”, among others.  The Bakery/café is located at 320 North Wooster Ave., Dover, or you can call 330-602-2434 or visit them on their website at:

A really unusual museum is housed in a Dover funeral home.  John Herzig of the Toland-Herzig Funeral Home long ago started collecting programs and other memorabilia from the funerals of
famous people.  It now fills several rooms at the North Wooster Ave. location.
Herzig calls his mini-museum “Famous Endings”.  Here you will find the funeral arrangements
and program for Elvis Presley’s services; there are the mourning vests worn at
the funeral of President James A. Garfield; memorabilia from the funerals of
comedians Lucille Ball and Bob Hope.  You can see the accordion played at the funeral of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  Display cases are filled with thousands of the famous endings of celebrities, politicians and entertainers.  Admission is free but call for an appointment to view the exhibits.
Toland-Herzig Funeral Home, 803 N. Wooster Avenue,  330-343-6132 or visit their website at

If you are afan of old gasoline pumps, auto memorabilia and cars from the 1950s and 60s, New
Philadelphia offers a unique restaurant called “Hot-Rod City…

You can read the rest of this story in the Plain Dealer, Saturday, August 27th
edition.  Or you can find it on their website:




Is it just me or have prices in restaurants seemed to jump?  Bonnie and I were in a “Amish-themed” restaurant in Geauga County this past week and found that prices were nearly a dollar higher on many of their offerings as compared with similar items in restaurants in the Berlin-Sugarcreek area.

It’s County Fair time in Ohio.  The Lorain County Fair in Wellington is wrapping up this weekend and

next week, one of my favorites, The Great Geauga County Fair in Burton, Ohio gets underway.

Don’t forget the biggest one-day festival in Ohio is coming up on Sunday, October 9th.  The 2011 version of Dick Goddard’s Woollybear Festival in Vermilion, Ohio.

What are you and your family planning to do over the Labor Day weekend?  let me hear from you.


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