Ohio Amish Country

From Somerset County, Pennsylvania, the first people of Amish faith came to Ohio and settled along the Sugar and Walnut creeks in 1809. Amishman, Jonas Stutzman was the first white man to settle in eastern Holmes County, making his homestead in Walnut Creek in 1809. Today 35,000 Amish live in a five-county region (Holmes, Wayne, Ashland, Tuscarawas, and Coshocton) with their population doubling about every 20 years.

Duration
5 Days /4 Nights

Group size
35

Customization
Available!

Price
From $629.00
Highlights Include:
  • Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center
  • Cyclorama Guided Tour
  • Berlin Village Gift Barn
  • Guided Amish Country Narrated Tour
  • Amish Basket Maker
  • World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock
  • Amish County Theater
  • Tour the Walnut Creek Farm
  • Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride
  • Victorian House Museum & Glass Museum

Day One:
  • Arrive to Berlin, OH and check-in to your local area hotel.
  • Depart and walk to the restaurant for dinner included at a local favorite. Return to your hotel for the evening.
Day Two:
  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning.
  • Visit the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center. Experience the history of the Amish & Mennonites. A 10 foot by 265-foot circular mural, called Behalt. Since the beginning of the Anabaptist movement in the early 1500s, the people who later came to be known as Amish and Mennonites have been a puzzle to the rest of the world. Who were these people who upset the European religious community, both Catholic and Protestant, by teaching about adult baptism? Why, in the face of trials and persecution, did they choose non-violence as a response? A unique educational experience awaits you at the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center.
  • Witness the history of the Amish, Mennonites, and Hutterites on Behalt - one of four cycloramas in North America. The painted oil-on-canvas cyclorama uses unique artistic techniques of line and color to illustrate multiple stories within a vast timeline. The name Behalt, means "to keep, hold, & remember." Explore the museum, stop in the one-room school and pioneer barn to learn about Amish education and Amish transportation, and enjoy a guide tour of the cyclorama. Enjoy a tour at Heini’s Cheese Chalet. It is the retail hone and the tourist attraction of Bunker Hill Cheese. Our cheese is produced with 100% local farm milk, primarily source from local farms. Foodies will love the unique experience of our Copper Kettle Room with sampling and demos of Jams, Jellies, Smoked Meats, Sauces as well as Fresh Roasted Peanuts.
  • Enjoy lunch included then spend some free time at the Berlin Village Gift Barn. Converted from an old dairy barn the Village Gift Barn offers unique shopping with a personalized experience. You will find modern home décor and the latest fashion trends throughout the shoppe!
  • Depart on back roads for a guided Amish Country narrated tour.
  • Arrive at the Amish Bulk Food Store then meet Anna, an Amish Basket Maker. She is from the Swartzentruber Amish, the most conservative Amish group. She also has goat soap, jellies, candy, rugs, and wooden stools for sale in her amazing shop. You may get to peek inside her father’s cabinet and chair shop to see what he is making. If you decide to purchase something while visiting, they only accept cash/checks.
  • Our next stop will be an Amish Quilting Demonstration with Ada and her Dan Order Amish Home, the second most conservative Amish Order, where he will demonstrate Amish quilting. Ada is the mother of 9 adorable children and makes candles. You will have a chance to visit her quaint shop. (An Old Order Amish Buggy Maker or Broom Artisan may be substituted, if necessary). If you decide to purchase something while visiting, they only accept cash/checks.
  • Enjoy dinner this evening at an Amish home. Return to the hotel for the evening.
Day Three:
  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning.
  • Visit the Alpine Hills Historical Museum. The Alpine Hills Museum is a perfect stop on your Amish Country adventure. Watch a short video on the Amish culture and the Swiss immigrants impact on the area's rich history, and continue your tour through numerous audio-visual displays that take you back in time to an 1895 fire house, a 1900's Amish kitchen, an 1890 Swiss cheese house, an early wood shop, and even an early newspaper printing shop. Many more artifacts and exhibits also await you.
  • Depart on foot and walk across the street to see the World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock. At 11am, enjoy a little show as the cuckoo bird pops out, music plays, and the couple dances! While you wait, take a look at the Brick Wall Sculpture nearby, which depicts and celebrates the community’s unique heritage and rich culture. Spend some time exploring the Village of Sugarcreek. Nestled in the rolling hills of Tuscarawas County, this Ohio town is proud to trace its heritage back to numerous Swiss and German settlers. Hence, they have been known not only as a part of Ohio’s Amish Country, but also as the “Little Switzerland of Ohio.”
  • Enjoy lunch on own while visiting.
  • Tour David Warther Carvings. The exhibit features over 80 carvings made by David Warther, a 5th generation carver of Swiss heritage. The carvings created by Warther depict the "History of the Ship" from 1st Dynasty Egypt to present day. Created in miniature from legal antique elephant tusk ivory and ebony wood the details include intricate scrimshaw engraving and finely carved ivory rigging lines that measure just twice the thickness of a human hair. David carves daily in his on-site workshop where he regularly demonstrates carving techniques to the visiting public.
  • While visiting, walk out to the hilltop portico and clock tower pavilion with its observation deck that provides exceptional views and photo opportunities of the neighboring Amish farms in Walnut Valley. The DWC is also home to the DWC Gift Shop that has become an attraction and can be visited separately.
  • Enjoy free time to shop at Dutch Valley Gifts and Dutch Valley Market.
  • Enjoy dinner included at a local favorite this evening.
  • Depart for the Amish County Theater and enjoy an evening of an amazing artistic performance where you will meet a nationally acclaimed Ventriloquist Ken Groves and his friend, whose comedy has taken them all around the world including 14 national television appearances. Return to the hotel for the evening.
Day Four:
  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning.
  • Tour the Farm at Walnut Creek. The Farm at Walnut Creek hosts over 500 animals, comprised of species from six of the seven continents. View and hand-feed the animals while on a horse-drawn wagon ride. Tour their non-electric Amish farmhouses, and experience a working Amish farm. Depending on the time of year you may see plowing, thrashing, canning, quilting, and more.
  • Shop ‘til you drop at the Holmes County Flea Market. This climate-controlled single level 55,000-square-foot building is made up of 4 separate wings and houses over 60 distinct vendors.
  • Enjoy lunch at your own expense at the on-site restaurant or other food vendors.
  • Visit the Victorian House Museum and Glass Museum, found on the National Register of Historic Places, this 28 room Queen Anne style home serves as the Holmes County Historical Society's museum of Victoriana and features a collection of Holmes County history.
  • The Millersburg Glass Museum features an interpretive room where guests can familiarize themselves with the history of the local glass plant, its workers, and its owner, John Fenton. Absorb the chronological arrangement of the magnificent glasswork created from the factory and its kilns. Find out why these sterling masterpieces remain works of art cherished by collectors worldwide.
  • Enjoy free time to shop in Downtown Millersburg.
  • Enjoy dinner included at a Tavern tonight. Depart and return to your hotel for the evening.
Day Five:
  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning prior to checking out. Depart for home.
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