Known as the buckeye state, Ohio’s geographic location is just one of the reasons for its economical success. Along with major corporations, Ohio has many small family-owned businesses, some that have been around since the early 1800’s and many amish owned. Many Amish migrated in the 19th century from Pennsylvania and to this date continue to earn their living on this land they’ve called home for centuries.
Longaberger Basket Company
Offering handcrafted maple baskets, home accessories and pottery, Longaberger Basket Company was founded by Dave Longaberger, a second generation basket weaver. Unique and quirky, the Longaberger headquarters in Newark, Ohio is constructed in the shape of one of their most popular baskets, the Medium Market Basket.
The Warther Museum
Dedicated to Ernest Warther, this museum has guided tours that explain Ernest’s life story and how he created his spectacular carvings. The Warther home is also on tour along with the Button House, featuring over 73,000 mounted buttons. Carving was Ernest’s hobby while handcrafted kitchen cutlery was his livelihood. At the end of the carving tour, there is also a tour of the knife factory and retail shop.
Miller’s Amish Bakery
Since 1977, The Miller Brothers have been continuing the family tradition by providing the best possible Amish Baked Goods, Amish made furniture, Amish bulk foods. This Amish family owned business located in picturesque southwest Ohio, nestled along the foothills of Appalachia attracts folks from hundreds of miles away.
National Road/Zane Grey Museum
This museum includes: the National Road exhibit detailing the early Oregon Trail roadway that ran between the east coast and western frontier in the early 1800’s. An exhibit on Zane Grey who was born and raised in Zanesville, including a recreation of his study and many of his original manuscripts. And an area devoted to unique Ohio pottery.
U.S. Air Force Museum
Located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, this is the world’s largest and oldest military aviation museum. Included in the museum and on the grounds are over 360 aircraft and missiles.
Lehman’s Hardware Store
Known as a “Low Tech Superstore,” Lehman’s is the best source world-wide for non-electric appliances. The store itself is constructed from the remains of a log cabin, a hand hewn barn and three pre-Civil War buildings.
Ohio River Cruise
The Ohio River is indeed a site to behold, and there’s no better way to see it than by water. It’s the perfect way to enjoy a brunch, lunch or dinner outing while taking in the breathtaking panoramic views of Cincinnati and the Ohio River. A Riverboats cruise is without a doubt one of the top things to do in Cincinnati.
Family Dinner in an Amish Home
Experience Amish life up close and personal. Enjoy a family styled dinner in an actual Amish home along with a narration of their history and culture.
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