When planning a trip to the United States, many people overlook the Midwest, but states like Ohio have a lot to offer visitors from all walks of life. Ohio offers it all, from the hustle and bustle of big cities like Cincinnati and Cleveland to the Appalachian Mountains' picturesque grandeur and Lake Erie's shores.

Holmes County, formed in 1824 by the union of Coshocton, Tuscarawas, and Wayne counties, is another unique Ohio region. The county draws many visitors since it has the world's highest population of Amish.


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What To Know About Holmes County's Origins

In 1863, during the Civil War, multiple local anti-draft riots occurred, primarily in the German-speaking districts. These disturbances gave rise to Holmes County, named after Major Andrew Holmes, a fatal casualty at the Battle of Mackinac Island. Pennsylvania Dutch settlers and recent German immigrants had made Holmes County a Democratic stronghold at the time. After the March 1863 enactment of the Conscription Act, politicians in Holmes County blasted Congress and Lincoln as tyrannical. They said that conscription was no different from slavery. They left Germany partly because mandatory military service was prevalent in their homelands before they immigrated to the United States. Protests turned violent in June, and the Union Army eventually had to march into the county and impose martial law.

Over the next century, communities across the nation expanded and developed their businesses and identities. The Holmes County community is the most concentrated, diverse, and complicated of Amish settlements worldwide, with members belonging to various orders. The community, home to eleven different Amish groups, is expected to become the first in the United States to be dominated by the religion's adherents. The Amish had a high birthrate, and in Holmes County, in 2012, the most traditional Amish communities also had the most excellent rates of childbirth and adult baptismal retention.

Some Of The Best Things To Do in Holmes County Regardless Of The Season

Located at the edge of the Appalachian foothills, Holmes County has a diverse geography, wildlife, woodlands, and vistas. These hills hold plenty of outdoor escapades. Mohican State Park is a popular destination for a day of canoeing on the Mohican River, hiking, and pitching a tent. The Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area is home to sandhill cranes, bald eagles, muskrats, minks, and beavers. Around the Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area, look for sandhill cranes, bald eagles, muskrats, minks, and beavers. Or, for those who enjoy driving in nature, take a driving tour of the area's three covered bridges. A horseback ride through Amish country is one of the best methods to see the site, and guests staying at Guggisberg Swiss Inn, already have access to the Amish Country Riding Stables.

Hershberger's Farm & Bakery is a popular stop for visitors in Ohio's Amish Country, and it's easy to see why. Among the unique features of this destination are an actual Amish bakery, store, vegetable market, food truck, and petting zoo. Each season has its unique offerings and highlighted products. Every spring, newborn animals such as goats, pigs, calves, rabbits, and chicks are introduced to the petting zoo. Guests can get some of the food trailer's excellent Amish bread goods all year round or try one of the many other flavorful items on the menu. Flowers, notably those in hanging baskets, abound throughout the spring. With the commencement of the growing season in the summer, visitors may enjoy a bounty of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Visitors can take a wagon trip to harvest their pumpkins, gourds, and other autumnal decorations as the leaves change in the fall. Views are spectacular in the winter, and there are fewer people around to spoil the peaceful atmosphere of shopping for healthy baked goods and canned foods.

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Sugarcreek's Farm at Walnut Creek offers an authentic glimpse into Amish farming culture. Visit this working farm and ride a wagon through the fields farmed by a local Amish family, all while getting up and personal with some of their animals. The Farm at Walnut Creek, in Ohio's Amish Country, is home to approximately 500 animals from six continents. In addition to the more commonplace horses, llamas, buffalo, and deer, their menagerie also features exotic species, including giraffes, camels, zebras, and kangaroos. Travelers can either drive their vehicle or take a horse-drawn carriage to the park to see the animals and feed them treats. Plowing, threshing, canning, sewing, and other seasonal activities are displayed for tourists. Visitors can explore the farm's historic, non-electric farm homes, shop at the farm stand, and snap photos of the scenery. Visits to the farm are enjoyable and informative for people of all ages.

  • How To Get To Holmes County From Cleveland: The distance between Cleveland and Holmes County is about 65 miles. The quickest method to get from Cleveland to Holmes County is by car, which takes one hour and roughly 40 minutes, costs anywhere from $13 to $20. See more on rome2rio.com
  • Where To Sleep In Holmes County: Every room at The Inn at Honey Run is unique. The adults-only resort offers a one-of-a-kind experience for each guest with its 25 inn rooms, 12 Honeycombs, two cottages, and 56 acres of stunning scenery designed in the Frank Lloyd Wright style. Learn more at innathoneyrun.com.