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.

Celebrating Snow in NE Ohio

We take a look at fun in the snow in my article in the Saturday, January 24th edition of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  We show you a place in Troy Township in Geauga County  that offers old-fashioned horse-drawn sleigh rides and we take a look at one of the best sledding hills in NE Ohio, Punderson State Park in Newbury,  as wsell as some ice-skating ponds and a great exhibit at the Geauga County Parks System.   You can read all about it in the paper or go to the Plain Dealer’s website, www.Cleveland.com and just type in my name in the search block.  Here are some of the pictures from the story that did not get published today.

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On the way to Warren we stopped in the tiny farming community of Mesopotamia in western Trumbull County, home to the second-largest Amish population in Ohio. What caught our eye was a brand new attraction, a larger-than-life wooden sculpture at the end of the commons in the small town.

The Schaden Family that operates the local general store commissioned the sculpture and bills it as “The world’s largest horse and buggy”. It towers fourteen feet in the air and is constructed of 2 thousand-three hundred board feet of lumber. It depicts a huge Amish buggy being drawn by a horse that is made up of seasoned 2 x 4’s. Over thirty pounds of wood screws hold the structure together. The horse is nearly 29 hands tall. That is a very big horse! Be sure to bring along your camera.

By the way the Schaden’s End of the Commons General Store also holds the distinction of being Ohio’s oldest general store. It’s been in operation since 1840 and still sells many of the items the store offered 100 to 150 years ago. Things like bulk flour and penny candy. It’s a combination of a modern-day convenience store with milk and bread, combined with an antique specialty shop. They sell Ohio Amish-made cheese, as well as items you don’t usually find in most stores today. Things like ginger beer, Grandma’s Lye Soap, Horehound drops and jawbreakers. There is a player piano that keeps tourists entertained as well as a pot-belly stove in the entrance that looks like it has been there since the store first opened.

End Of The Commons General Store and Worlds Largest Horse and Buggy, 8719 State Route 534, Mesopotamia, Ohio 44439, 440-693-4295 , www.endofthecommons.com

Holiday Lights at Clifton Mill

Clifton Mill
Pancakes so large they cover the entire plate: Clifton Mill
Covered bridge as seen from Clifton Mill Restaurant
Covered bridge as seen from Clifton Mill Restaurant
A daytime shot of the lovely old mill
A daytime shot of the lovely old mill
Over 3 million holiday lights at Clifton Mill
Over 3 million holiday lights at Clifton Mill

With over three million holiday lights illuminating the winter night Clifton Mill in Clifton, Ohio, near Dayton, is one of the largest privately-owned holiday lights displays in the US>

My story in the Cleveland Plain Dealer was published today.  You can sometimes also read it at www.Cleveland.com.  Here are a few of the pictures took:

One Tank Trip: Ohio State House

This past Saturday in my twice-monthly column in the Plain Dealer we reported on the many unusual gifts that can be found on a trip to the State Capitol in Columbus as well as a tour of the Ohio State House, The Ohio Historical Society and a unique factory tour at the last maker of metal whistles in the United States.  In fact this small Columbus Plant is where the “Official” gold-plated whistles are made for the NFL Super Bowl Officials each year and if you have a whistle-blower in the family a copy of these whistles, in walnut presentation boxes can be purchased at the factory.

If you would like to read the whole story go to www.Cleveland.com and type in my name in the search field.

By the way here are some of the photos we took on that trip that were not used by the PD with the story: