Day 1: We are on our way to experience fall colors and new things in Ohio Amish Country. Today we travel through Kansas and Missouri to Troy, IL, for the night.
2: This morning we continue through Illinois with a stop in Casey where we find "big things in a small town." The town features the world's largest wind chime, mailbox, knitting needles and wooden shoes as well as several other uniquely large items. In the afternoon we stop in Knightstown, IN, to visit the Hoosier Gym. The gym maintains the charm it had when it was new in 1921. Made famous as the home of the Hickory High Scool basketball team in the 1985 movie "Hoosiers", the gym has been preserved as it was when it was new. Night in Springfield, OH.
3: By noon today we are in the beautiful rolling hills of Amish country in northeast Ohio. Our visit today begins at "Behalt" where we experience the history of the Amish people. This evening we tour the Warther Museum in Dover, OH. The museum houses the works of master carver Ernest Warther. His collection includes many intricate carvings of railroad cars and steam engines. Following our tour we sit among his carvings to eat a wonderful dinner. Next two nights in Berlin.
4: Today is our day to enjoy the rolling hills of northeastern Ohio as we visit businesses both large and small where the Amish work and shop. Our first stop this morning is at Pioneer Equipment which manufactures horse-drawn farm equipment for the Amish. This manufacturer runs its shop solely by generator and all employees are Amish. Next we visit Lehman's Hardware where the locals shop for hard to find items. In the afternoon we visit P. Graham Dunn where inspirational items are made using laser machines. Later we make a stop at a candy shop in an Amish home with an opportunity to make buckeyes which we can take with us to eat later on. In late afternoon there is time to shop in the quaint village of Berlin or rest at our hotel before enjoying a family style dinner at an Amish home.
5: This morning we visit a cheese shop and a bakery and farmers market before going to a broom maker to watch as she makes quality straw brooms by hand. This afternoon we depart Amish country traveling through southwest Ohio and northwest West Virginia into Ashland, KY, for the night.
6: This morning we turn the motorcoach west traveling through northern Kentucky to Ferdinand, IN. Following lunch we take a tour of the Monastery of Immaculate Conception which dates back to 1867 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Later we continue west to St Peters, MO, for the night.
7: As we travel home today we reflect on the beauty of autumn and the many interesting experiences we have had along the way.
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