Amish Country 3 Day RV Itinerary

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Day 1

Start: Millersburg Visitor's Information Center

Millersburg is full of historic buildings and interesting shops so take time at the information center to learn about the things you can see.

Stop 1: Victorian House Museum

Directions from previous place:      Go south on N. Monroe St. toward US 62/OH 39/E. Jackson St. Turn right on to this street. Turn right onto N. Clay St./OH 83. This road will become Wooster Rd. Follow it until you get to 484 Wooster Rd.
Distance from Previous Site:            0.42 miles / 0.7 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:      1 minute
Suggested Time at This Site:         30 minutes

Built in 1900, the Victorian House and Museum is a gorgeous, 28-room, Queen Anne style home. Walk through the house and examine the museum exhibits.

Stop 2: West Holmes High School History Museum

Directions from previous place:      Go south on Wooster Rd./OH 83. Follow this road until you get to OH 39/W. Jacson St. and turn right on to it. Follow OH 39 for 5.6 miles until you come to 10909 State Route 39 and pull into the school.
Distance from Previous Site:            6 miles / 9.6 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     12 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:          30 minutes

West Holmes High School History Museum is used by the local high school students for research. Explore their collection of Civil war regalia.

Stop 3: Guggisberg Cheese Factory

Directions from previous place:      Go east on OH 39 for 10.7 miles. Turn right onto OH 557. Turn left to stay on the road and then quickly right. Follow the road until you come to 5060 State Route 557 and the Cheese Factory.
Distance from Previous Site:          13 miles / 20.8 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     23 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:           1 hour

This cheese factory is home of the original Baby Swiss. Over 40 varieties of cheese, imported and local, are available for tasting. On a walking tour you can watch cheese being made during the weekdays.

End: Baltic Mills

Directions from previous place:      Go southeast on OH 557 for about 5 miles. Turn right onto Country Road 114. This road will become Township Hwy 178. Turn left onto Township Rd 177. After about a mile turn Left onto OH 651. The road will merge into E. Main street. Follow the road until you reach 111 E. Main and the Baltic Mills.
Distance from Previous Site:            9 miles / 14.4 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     19 minutes

This is a historic, restored mill, which is still used to grind wheat into flour. Tours are offered for the curious, and there is a gift shop featuring bulk foods, Amish crafts, bird houses, and feeders.

Totals for Day 1

Total Distance Traveled:     28.42 miles / 45.5 km
Total Travel Time:              55 minutes
Total Stopping Time:           2 hours

Day 2

Stop 1: German Culture Museum

Directions from previous place:      Take OH 93 northeast to Shanesville. In Shansville turn left to get onto OH 39/Hwy 62 and take it northwest to Walnut Creek. In Walnut Creek, turn right onto Monroe St. Follow this road until you reach the German Culture Museum.
Distance from Previous Site:           17.27 miles / 27.6 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     33 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:          45 minutes

The German Culture Museum is an early German/Swiss home site which provides travelers with documentation about the culture and influence of the early settlers in the area. Some of the furniture and amenities in the museum depict early Amish life.

Stop 2: Yoder's Amish Home

Directions from previous place:      Go south on N Monroe St. and turn left onto US 62/ OH 39. Follow this road for about 7 miles and turn left onto US 62. Turn right onto CR 168. After three and a half miles turn right onto Township Rd 410. Then turn left onto OH 515 and go until you see Yoder's 116-acre farm.
Distance from Previous Site:           12 miles / 19.2 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     23 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:          2 hours

This farm demonstrates how an Amish family lives and works and emphasizes the importance of the agricultural tradition in the Amish culture.

Stop 3: Rolling Ridge Ranch

Directions from previous place:      Go south on OH 515 and turn right onto Township Rd 410. Quickly turn left onto CR 168 and follow this road until you see the ranch. There are signs along the way so you won't get lost.
Distance from Previous Site:           3 miles / 4.8 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     8 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:        45 minutes

The Rolling Ridge Ranch has 500-600 animals from 6 continents, which you can see on a safari. Other activities include wagon rides, a petting zoo, and a playground.

Stop 4: Heini's Cheese House and Country Mall

Directions from previous place:      Go west on CR 168. Turn right when you come to CR 77 and follow it until you get to 6005 Country Road 77.
Distance from Previous Site:          1 miles / 1.6 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     3 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:        30 minutes

At the cheese center, you can sample over 50 varieties of cheese made on site. The gift shop offers bulk food, Heritage Lace, Amish souvenirs, etc. If you crave something sweet, run over to Heini's Heartland Confectionery, which is close by.

Stop 5: Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center

Directions from previous place:      Follow CR 77 for about a mile until you get to 5798 County Rd 77.
Distance from Previous Site:           1 miles / 1.6 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     2 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:        45 minutes

Visitors can learn more about Amish and Mennonite culture and history at this center by watching a video, looking at galleries and a mural, and visiting the bookstore.

End: Schrock's Amish Farm and Home

Directions from previous place:      Continue on CR 77 south and follow it until the road crosses State Route 39. Turn right onto SR 39 and follow it towards Berlin. Stay on this road until you reach 4363 SR 39.
Distance from Previous Site:           2 miles / 3.2 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     3 minutes

Experience life the Amish way as you take a guided tour of the main house and Grandpa's house. See "The Amish Way" video; enjoy Amish buggy rides, an animal petting area, and 1 1/4-mile 16-gauge train ride.

Totals for Day 2

Total Distance Traveled:     36.27 miles / 58.0 km
Total Travel Time:               1 hour 12 minutes
Total Stopping Time:           4 hours 45 minutes

Day 3

Stop 1: Holmes County Trail

Directions from previous place:      Go southwest on OH 39/US 62. Turn right onto CR 201. After about 4 miles turn left to stay on the road. After three miles take another left to stay on CR 201. Turn right to stay on the road again. The road will become CR 10, which becomes N. Mill St./CR 501. Follow N. Mill St. until you get to Fredericksburg and come to the start of the Holmes County Trail.
Distance from Previous Site:          11 miles / 17.6 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     20 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:          1 hour

Enjoy the scenery as you travel this trail that was once a railroad corridor.

Stop 2: Farmers' Produce Auction

Directions from previous place:      Go southeast on N. Mill St./CR 501. The road will become Fryburg Rd/CR 10, which will in turn become CR 201. Turn left to stay on the road and then take a right soon after. After about 3 miles turn left onto OH 241 and follow it until you see the Farmers' Produce Auction.
Distance from Previous Site:            6 miles / 9.6 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     12 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:          20 minutes

Walk through the auction ground and pick out some farm fresh produce for yourself.

Stop 3: Alpine Alpa Restaurant

Directions from previous place:      Go east on OH 241 and turn right onto CR 77. Turn left onto CR 160. Merge onto US 62 and follow it until you come to 1504 US 62.
Distance from Previous Site:          10 miles / 16.0 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     19 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:          1 hour 30 minutes

Founded in 1935 by Switzerland natives Hans and Alice Grossniklaus, this pleasant restaurant extends a warm welcome to all. An indoor waterfall serves as the main attraction, contributing greatly to the relaxed atmosphere. Though the specials change seasonally, menu favorites include Swiss steak and Amish-style roast beef. Fresh-baked breads and rolls are also available from the facility's bakery.

End: Wilmot

Directions from previous place:      From the Alpine Alpa Restaurant continue to follow US 62 until you reach the town of Wilmot.
Distance from Previous Site:           5 miles / 8.0 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:      3 minutes

This small town has several shops and a city hall graced with a tall steeple.

Totals for Day 3

Total Distance Traveled:     32 miles / 51.2 km
Total Travel Time:              54 minutes
Total Stopping Time:          2 hours 50 minutes

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