by: Diane Rock, NorthernOhioTourism.com
On September 21, 2013, 54 passengers, 1 photographer, 1 bus driver, Psychic Sonya and one scared tour organizer headed out to experience Cleveland’s ghostly side. I have to admit I never went on a ghost tour so I really did not know what to expect.
As our bus started to head out for our night of ghost stories, Psychic Sonya shared some of her past experiences she had at the places we were about to embark to.
Our first stop on our Ghost Tour was the Cleveland’s Gray’s Armory located at 1234 Bolivar Rd., Cleveland. The Richardson Romanesque Revival-style Armory was built in 1893 and became home to the volunteer independent militia, the Cleveland Grays who adopted the motto, “Semper Paratus” (Always Prepared). The Gray’s were among the first to serve during the civil war. (Click here for more fascinating history about the Gray’s.)
Now on the National Register of Historic Places Gray’s Armory is filled with military artifacts, a basement shooting range, a paneled library and quite possibly a few ghosts.
Stories from staff and visitors include hearing footsteps as well as seeing a soldier in a Civil War uniform. Psychic Sonya shared with our group a picture in which a shadowy figure is seen near the steps by the bar, I have to admit I saw no ghosts on the night we went, however a few people on our bus said they captured some shadows on their camera phones.
Next stop was the Midwest Railway Preservation Society Historic B&O Roadhouse located at 2800 West 3rd Street, Cleveland. The roadhouse was recently featured on History Channel’s Haunted History because of the paranormal activity happening in some of the old cars, like the “Death Train” and in the “Death Car.”
At the Roadhouse we were greeted by our tour guides, Steve Karpos, society trustee, Charlie Sedgley, a volunteer and the one eyed lab. Not a ghost, a real lab. Our guides and the one eyed lab toured us thru an old rail car and past the Death Train.
The death car was not there the night we toured, but according to our guide, The Lackawanna Limited was traveling fast when it sideswiped a freight train, splitting open the freight engine’s boiler causing an explosion of scalding water and steam to flood one of the passenger cars. Dozens of people lost their lives that day. According to workers the souls of the innocent still try to close the windows.
The Death Train, shown above, is actually a large old locomotive. People used to commit suicide by throwing themselves in front of the train. Hence, the name the death train. It is said that the workers have seen ghosts near the train. Below you will see the front of the train which has been taken apart for refurbishing.
Our photographer captured this photo of hand prints on the side of the death train. Could they be????
Even the building is creepy. I would like to come back during the day and really take time to look at the refurbishing efforts being done by the preservation.
Here are a few video links about the train yard you may enjoy viewing.
A Video tour of the grounds - click here.
WEWS Anchor Leon Bibb’s piece about the death car. Passenger train car from 1943 crash haunts Midwest Railway Preservation Society in Cleveland
Read more: http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/my_ohio/Passenger-train-car-from-1943-crash-haunts-Midwest-Railway-Preservation-Society-in-Cleveland#ixzz2fp92I800
After our time at the Railroad Roundhouse our bus took off for our next ghostly adventure.
Franklin Castle built in the mid-1800′s this 21-room castle is located at W 43rd and Franklin in Ohio City. It is considered one of the most haunted places in Cleveland. The sandstone scary Gothic structure has a very deep history of sadness. The first family to occupy the home was the Tiedemann family. The home would not be a happy place for the family. The entire family, servants, a mistress including grandchildren all died in the home.
Ghostly voices are said to be heard in the tower. The most disturbing part for me was that it is said adult and baby skeletons were found in the castle and can be heard crying in the castle.
The home is privately owned and the property is gated and marked no trespassing. The home had fire damage and the windows are now boarded up. But make no mistake the place is creepy. To learn more about the history of Franklin’s Castle click here.
Like Franklin Castle wasn’t scary enough, our guide took us to a local cemetery where past sightings have been. Everyone on the bus knew that the cemetery was sacred grounds and to respect the area. We all quietly walked among the graves pausing and looking at the dates and inscriptions.
Before everyone exited the bus our photographer got off first and went to the right corner to grab photos of the area before anyone else. As you will note in the picture below, it looks like our photographer captured a few orbs. When we blew this picture up you could see that they were not lights or flash reflections. He took numerous pictures in the cemetery and they only appear in two of his photos.
After our cemetery stop we headed back to hear about ghost tales from local author Charles Cassady Jr.
Charles has written three books about Cleveland’s paranormal and ghost side and he has a fourth book due out in the next few months.
He talked to us about many of the scary areas in Cleveland and gave a wonderful account of some of the area’s scary history.
I purchased my first book “Cleveland Ghosts” and so far I find it a very fascinating read. To purchase your own copy click here.
After our tour all ghost busters received a special gift from NorthernOhioTourism.com, their very own “ghost busting” lantern.
For my first ghost tour I have to say I really enjoyed myself. I learned a lot about area history as well as Cleveland’s ghostly side.
Looking forward to another ghost busting tour in the future,
I would like to thank Mary Randall and Spennato’s Italian Restaurant for so graciously allowing our group the opportunity to use their party center for our after tour event. I would also like to thank Thomas Limousine Service who helped us get to our destinations and who take such good care of my tours. A special thank you to Charles Cassady Jr. who gave of his time to share with us some of his ghost stories and I would also like to acknowledge our photographer, Andrew Gacom (AndrewGacom.com) who willingly accepted the challenge to try to catch a ghost on film.
Back by popular demand, lights-out haunted tours will be available again this year plus a new opportunity in collaboration with the Glendale Cemetery beginning in October. Whether you are “into” the whole ghostly scene or just want to have a fun evening roaming the darkened rooms and halls of the 1837 Perkins Stone Mansion at night, SCHS has numerous opportunities from which to choose.
A Moon, A Mansion and Mausoleums
A Paranormal Event
Perkins Stone Mansion and Glendale Cemetery Tour
Friday, October 18
$20 adults $18 members
Guests will board a trolley and will visit the Perkins Stone Mansion and then be led on a guided trolley tour through Glendale Cemetery.
Lights-Out Psychic Paranormal Tours with Laura Lynn
Friday, October 25
$20 adults $18 members
This special Lights-Out tour is hosted by Psychic Laura Lynn, who will share her insights into the paranormal world as you tour the Perkins Stone Mansion. Visitors are encouraged to take photographs and share their experiences. Before leaving the house, paranormal “survivors” receive a special amulet used as a means of keeping wandering spirits from attaching themselves to participants.
Lights-Out Paranormal Tours
Saturday, October 26
$15 adults $12 members
Call for times
This tour begins in the Wash House where guests are welcomed by their brave and experienced guides. With cameras and flashlights in hand, eager guests, each hoping to catch a glimpse of an apparition, enter the dark and eerie stone mansion. Once inside guides go room by room and recount the numerous stories of paranormal activity that have been witnessed and reported over the years. Visitors are encouraged to take photographs and share their experiences. Before leaving the house, paranormal “survivors” receive a special amulet used as a means of keeping wandering spirits from attaching themselves to participants.
Call SCHS at 330-535-1120 for additional information or to reserve your event date. Reservations are required, and guests MUST BE 16 YEARS and older to attend paranormal events.
Founded in 1924, the Summit County Historical Society is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Their mission is to preserve and interpret the history of Summit County and Akron, and to educate regional communities about the people and events that have shaped our rich history. To learn more about the Summit County Historical Society please call (330)535-1120 or visit the web site at http://www.summithistory.org
Hear the legends and lore and mingle with the Spirits of Farnam Manor! Historical interpreters will portray people from the Manor’s past as you tour the mysterious halls by lantern light. The Trail to the Unknown winds through the land that was once the gardens of the Farnam Estate. Experience the wooded moonlit trail and the crisp autumn air! The creatures come out at night! You never know what will happen!
Nothing evil. No fake blood and gore.
The land has long been significant. John Farnam served in the Revolutionary War as a special agent to George Washington. In 1812 he acquired prime land in the Western Reserve for his service and brought his family here from Connecticut. Farnam Manor was built in 1834 by his son, Everett. He grew the estate to 3200 acres. Everett Farnam said before he died that he would come back as a raven so he could soar over his property. According to legend, the spirit of his little daughter, Emily, still remains since she drowned in 1858 at age 7. During the roaring ’20′s the Manor was known as a speakeasy. When the ladies got pregnant they came here to see the doctors. It is told that on a full moon you can hear the cry of babies. On the new moon you can hear the murmurs of the mothers .From 1948-1972, it was the Danish Smorgasbord Restaurant. Strange happenings have been reported by patrons and employees.
The onset of fall means many things to many people: cool, crisp air; a much anticipated football season; hayrides; fresh apple cider, and pumpkins – just to name a few. For over 3,000 people it also means Log Cabin Days at Hochstetler Milling. And this, our sixth annual event promises to be bigger and better than ever. So mark your calendars now for Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14. Hours are 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Friday, and 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Saturday.
For those of you who attended last year, you know what a fun-filled family event this is, and enjoyed events like the lumberjack competition, chainsaw carving, silent craft auction, free seminars, 40 exhibitors, a mill tour, plus plenty of good, old-fashioned outdoor cooking.
This year will again be highlighted by the Log Cabin Tour – a rare opportunity to visit up to eight homes and talk candidly to homeowners about the relaxing log home lifestyle and what makes it so special. This self-guided tour is only $10 per couple (suggested donation) or $15 per vehicle with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. In addition to the eight private residences you can visit our two, on-site models free.
Two fun-filled days of family activities also include the always popular Lumberjack Competition; a line- up of excellent seminar speakers; booth exhibits containing log home style furniture and furnishings, builders and craftsmen; and a complete landscape layout. You’ll see hand-hewing, hand-peeling, and blacksmith demos; competitive log-stacking; and competitive log sawing and chopping, plus axe throwing in the Lumberjack Show. New this year is a steam engine powering a sawmill. Chainsaw carving and watercolor painting demos are also planned.
The speakers include: Ashley Weaver of Farm Credit, who will talk about log home financing; someone from Hochstetler Milling and a rep from Sikkens, who will discuss maintenance; Bill Dinkins, Hochstetler Milling, who will discuss what you need to know about log homes in “Log Basics 101”; and Steve Lykins, Hochstetler Milling, who will discuss, in-depth, floor plan design. These seminars are all free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Once again, we are proud to announce Log Home Living’s Log Home University on Saturday, September 14, from 8 am to 1 pm. This is a very comprehensive workshop – so bring your notepads and questions. The cost is $98 per couple or $75 per individual. If you are in the planning stages of building a log home, please register.
Since Log Cabin Days is a true family event we’ve tried to include lots of activities for kids, too. They will, no doubt, be fascinated by our small petting zoo with a chance to visit up-close animals like a pony, a calf, puppies, rabbits and kittens. Or, they can play “gold-digger” and sift thru shavings for nickels and candy. Perhaps they’d like to go on the covered wagon ride through the woods.
Except for the Log Home Tour and Log Home University most events and seminars are free.
A small log cabin will once again be built during the show and auctioned off at 4 pm on Saturday. This one bedroom cabin is perfect as a guest or hunting or fishing getaway and can be transported down the road.
The “Silent Auction” includes unique, one-of-a-kind items like handmade Amish quilts, rustic furniture, lamps, bird houses, etc. Bidding ends at 3 pm Saturday.
No all-day family event would be complete without some authentic old-fashioned, mouth-watering, finger-lickin’ food – and this is no exception. Delicious barbeque chicken, noodles, potato salad, baked beans and a variety of pies highlight the menu. There is also homemade ice cream, fresh-squeezed apple cider, apple butter and kettle-cooked popcorn to tempt your taste buds. Fresh produce, locally- made Swiss cheese, trail bologna, and jams and jellies round out the menu.
An “Early Bird” breakfast is scheduled beginning at 7am on Saturday and features kettle-cooked scrambled eggs and bacon, real stuffed sausage, pancakes, donuts, coffee or juice.
For additional information, call 419-368-0004.
Wayne County has always been known for being the perfect mix of both country and culture. That is especially true when it comes to the diverse flavor of its many unique events…and this fall is no exception.
Wayne County Fair- September 7-12
The 164th Wayne County Fair gates open on September 7th with a gate admission of just $3.00 per person we promise you won’t find a better day-long entertainment deal.
Saturday, September 7th
State Sanctioned Modified & Superstock Tractor Pull
Sunday, September 8th
Monday, September 9th
Tuesday, September 10th Clay Walker (two shows)
Wednesday, September 11th Full Pull Diesel 4×4 Truck/Tractor Pull
Thursday, September 12th Demolition Derby
In addition to the outstanding lineup at the grandstand be sure to check out the various animal shows and judging, flowers & vegetable judging, baking contests, fiddling contests, area school band show, harness races, mounted shooters, square dance, and car and tractor shows, just to name a few. Add in over 100 business and service organization booths and just about every form of county fair cuisine imaginable and you will see why the Wayne County Fair is billed as Ohio’s Foremost Agricultural Fair.
For a complete listing of events and ticket prices visit their website at www.waynecountyfairohio.com
Wooster Arts Jazz Fest –September 14
On the Saturday following the closing of the fair, Downtown Wooster will come alive with the sights and sounds of Dixieland at the 10th Annual Wooster Arts Jazz Fest. The festival features over 50 artists, children’s activities, music and gourmet food. This year’s musical entertainment includes the Akron Big Band, Zydeco Kings, Joe Barone Trio, River City Jazz Band, and the Hall Wyant Trio. Hours for this admission free event is from 11:00 a.m. until 7 p.m. and includes a New Orleans style parade complete with decorated umbrellas. The mission of the event is to promote arts and education in the community and economic development in downtown Wooster. Visit the festival online at woosterartsjazzfest.org
The Annual Wayne County Farm Tour attracts thousands of visitors each year on this free, self-drive tour of area farms and agribusinesses. This year’s tour, which highlights the Northeastern area of the county, includes stops at apple orchards, sheep and dairy farms, a veterinary clinic, meat packing and dairy processing businesses, and a potato farm that specializes in agritourism. These stops not only offer educational and hands on experiences, and children’s activities, area clubs and organizations will be on hand with fresh pork and lamb sandwiches and ice cream. A copy of the tour stops and a map will be published in the Wooster Daily Record just before the date of the tour or you can download a map and listing of the stops at the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau website at wccvb.com.
Jacki Chamberlain, CTC Marketing Specialist
Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Akron Zoo sees record crowds in first month since the opening of the Mike & Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge exhibit
AKRON, Ohio – The bears have been all the buzz at the Akron Zoo. Since the Mike and Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge exhibit opened on July 20, 2013, over 109,000 people have visited the new exhibit in the first month. That is 69,000 people, a 59% increase, more than last year during the same time frame.
On July 24, 6,304 people visited making it the largest single attended day in the zoo’s history. In addition to Grizzly Ridge being opened, on the record setting day, the zoo partnered with Akron Public Schools for Backpack Adventure and kids were able to get school supplies at the zoo that day. Eight of the zoo’s top ten attended days in their 60-year history have taken place since the new exhibit has opened. The zoo has had 19 days in the first month with over 3,000 people visiting. In comparison the zoo had 12 days with 3,000 or more visitors in all of 2012.
“We are just thrilled that our community is enjoying the new expansion at the zoo,” commented L. Patricia Simmons, President & CEO of the Akron Zoo. “This exhibit is one they have asked for, and with their support, we were able to build. It is just great to see them reap the benefits of their support for the zoo.”
The new exhibit features grizzly bears, river otters, red wolves, bald eagles and a walk-in aviary. Coyotes are expected to be on exhibit this fall as part of the new expansion. One of the most popular spots in Grizzly Ridge has been the otter slide, which is a fully enclosed acrylic tube that goes through the otter exhibit.
“Grizzly Ridge is a fun and interactive space for visitors, a recreated natural habitat for animals like grizzly bears and bald eagles and a place where kids of all ages come learn about endangered species like red wolves,” added Simmons. “It has been wonderful to see kids get nose-to-nose with the otters in the slide. We hope it provides families memories for years to come.”
The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Zoo hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is $10 for adults, $8.50 for senior citizens, $7 for children (ages 2-14). Children under two are free and parking is $2.00. For more information visit http://www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.
Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is a non-profit, world conservation Zoo with over 700 animals from around the world. Located just west of Downtown Akron, the Zoo strives to provide a dynamic, financially responsible, guest centered animal experience that is energized by innovation and fun. The Akron Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.
Director of Marketing & Guest Services
Ph – (330) 375-2550 ext. 7238
Medina’s Eighteenth Annual “Walk with Spirits of the Past” is scheduled to entertain audiences with lively stories about historical events on the weekend of Friday and Saturday, September 6, and 7, and Sunday, September 8, 2013. The scenes about early Medina, featuring well-known characters from local history, will be acted out in locations around Medina Public Square between 7 and 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and between 2 and 4 p.m. on Sunday. The annual event is cooperatively staged by The Medina Show Biz Company, The Medina County Historical Society, and The Medina County Arts Council,
This year’s presentations are directed by Donna Bica and Marcia Aguiar. Bica, who directs three of the performances, serves with the Medina Show Biz board of trustees and is a former president of Show Biz. She is also a former Medina County Arts Council trustee. She has performed professionally with Akron’s Illusion Factory, a children’s theatre company. She also has directed the actors in Medina’s “Walk with Spirits of the Past” every year since she served on the Arts Council committee that began the project. She has appeared in many Medina Show Biz productions and musicals as well as singing with the Galaxy Players and Brunswick ACT. She lives in Medina with her husband.
Returning again for this year is Marcia Aguiar who is joining Bica to direct the performances of the scenes around the Medina Square. Aguiar has a degree in Speech and Theatre and has been performing on stage since grade school. She has been involved with the Medina Show Biz Company for three years, performing on stage, working backstage, and now directing three stories for “A Walk with Spirits of the Past” in 2013. She is not a stranger to the event for she has performed previously as an actress in the Walk in 2010 and in 2011. Aguiar also has organized and directed an after school drama club with the students at Medina’s Root Middle School. She and her husband live in Medina and have two sons.
The historical characters and situations have been selected and the scripts written with members of the Medina County Historical Society and others. Actors cast in the six stories this year include: Mark Levigne, Ron McMillan, Myrna Dooley, Ron Svoboda, Dawn Img, Emily Winnicki, Maggie Selva, and Amanda Clements.
A special highlight of the weekend performances is the addition of “Dine with The Spirits of the Past” at Miss Molly’s Tea Room in Medina on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. Local history buffs and those looking for pleasant entertainment without the “walk” will be able to get reservations by calling 330-725-6830 to see the stories and enjoy food and drink at the same time. The cost of this event will be $23.00.
The traditional “Walk” begins at the County Administration Building at 144 North Broadway Street in Medina, where every 10 to 15 minutes, guides will start out leading groups to different sites in the Square area where the dramatic performances will take place. Carl Becks, representing the Medina County Arts Council is in charge of the guides and Joanne King, representing the Medina County Historical Society, is in charge of ticket sales. Tickets will be on sale at the beginning point of the “Walk” in the parking area of the Administration Building on the day of the event. Day of event prices are $6 for adults and $3 for all children 12 and under. The event is wheelchair accessible.
Tickets may also be purchased in advance at lower prices at Ormandy’s at 10 Public Square for $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under. Call 330-725-6443 or 330-722-5502 during business hours for further information.
Historic Zoar Village and the 51st Ohio Volunteer Infantry will team up on Sept. 7 and 8 to present Ohio’s largest Civil War reenactment. More than 1,200 re-enactors will invade the village to showcase Civil War-era life on the home front and on the battlefield, with a special re-creation of the Battle of Chickamauga.
The camps open at 9 a.m. both days with demonstrations throughout the village including cavalry, artillery, campfires, music and more. A row of sutlers and shops will feature period and reproduction items. Food and beverage will be available throughout the village.
The Battle of Chickamauga Reenactment will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Special Saturday-only events include a Civil War-era wedding in the Zoar Garden at 4:30 p.m., followed by a period ball in the dance tent, where visitors can dress up and learn to dance like 19th century ladies and gentlemen.
All museum buildings and shops will be open, with many staffed by costumed volunteers sharing stories about life in the 1800s and the Zoarites’ pacifist position during the war. Tickets cost $10 for adults and are free for children age 12 and under, Admission includes entry to all museum buildings and reenactment activities. Parking is free.
About the Battle of Chickamauga
This event commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga, fought September 19-20, 1863. Taking place in southeastern Tennessee and northeastern Georgia, the battle was one of the Union’s most significant defeats and was second only to the Battle of Gettysburg in the number of total casualties.
About Historic Zoar Village
Historic Zoar Village (www.historiczoarvillage.com) was founded by German Separatists in 1817 and thrived as a communal settlement for more than 80 years. Today, the village is home to approximately 75 families living in homes built from 1817 to present. Zoar’s historical district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and dozens of village structures have been painstakingly preserved through the collaborative efforts of the Zoar Community Association and the Ohio Historical Society.
(photo courtesy of Zoar Village)
Travel back to colonial times to see the life of an American in the late 1700s at FallFest: 18th Century Festival on Sunday, September 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Meadows Picnic Area in Brecksville Reservation.
See what life was like when Ohio was young and try your hand at candle dipping, quill pen writing and pottery or enjoy cooking demonstrations, rope making, apple cider pressing, stenciling and weaving. Play some pioneer games, discover old-time toys, listen to folk singers, marvel at a colonial magician and more.
And, don’t miss a tour of the encampment of the Brigade of the American Revolution, featuring formation demonstrations, drills, military tactics, campfire cooking, and a battle re-enactment. All branches of the military are included, such as infantry, artillery, cavalry, riflemen, naval forces and militia.
The encampment includes:
11 a.m. Cooking Demonstrations
1 p.m. Soldier Parade
3 p.m. Women’s Roles and Fashion Show
4 p.m. Mock Battle featuring Brigade of the American Revolution
Also, enjoy music by contra dancing band Mud in Yer Eye, performing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. In addition, pony rides, food and souvenirs will be available.
Free shuttle bus rides from the parking lot to the site will be provided.
Meadows Picnic Area is located off Meadows Drive in Brecksville Reservation, off Chippewa Creek Drive, off State Route. 82 in Brecksville.
For more information, call 440-526-1012 or visit clevelandmetroparks.com.
“In Loudonville back to school does not means vacation season has ended,” explained Bob Yun, Executive Director of the Mohican-Loudonville Visitors Bureau. “While overnight lodging for Labor day weekend is filling up quickly, the entire month of September brings some incredible events to the area.” So plan now to make some great family Mohican Memories.
Labor Day weekend hoping to strike it rich in a gold-panning competition, check out Gold Rush Days in Bellville the weekend of August 31 & September 1. Yes they do let visitors pan for gold. While few ever strike it rich, the fair has a wealth of activities for the entire family.
The following weekend see the 22nd Mohican Bluegrass Festival at Mohican Wilderness campground on September 12-14. It is the country’s leading festival promoting high school bluegrass bands. North of Loudonville don’t miss another Log Cabin Days September 13-14 at Hochstetler Mill. Enjoy the day touring log homes, watch lumberjack competition, log cabin raising, log home related exhibitors, feast on Amish cooking and much more.
The third week of September head to Ashland for the 160th Ashland County Fair on September 15-21. It is a good old fashioned county fair with livestock, entertainment, baking contest, races and much more. South of town Mohican Reservation campground on Wally hosts the Great Mohican Pow-Wow September 20-22. This 29 year old favorite includes Native American dancing, story telling, drum competition, crafts, and traders. Don’t forget the Greentown Commemoration & Resurrection September 21. On the site of a native American village west of Perrysville, remember the unfortunate burning of Greentown during the War of 1812 and its rebirth today.
The last weekend of September includes Oktoberfest at Wolf Creek Grist Mill September 28. Enjoy an Old World style German atmosphere with great food, live bands, and beer (wine tastings too.) For a small fee transportation to and from participating hotels and campgrounds is available. At nearby Malabar Farm State Park, September 28 and 29, is the 37th Ohio Heritage Days. It is one of Ohio’s largest free outdoor craft and live-history festivals and is free of charge. Enjoy crafts, primitives, antiques, horses, foods, live music, Civil War & Buck Skinners camp. On that Saturday, September 28 a free barn dance will also be held at Malabar Farm’s main barn. In nearby Butler September 28 & 29 is the Prairie Peddler. Over 170 traditional and modern craftsmen demonstrate and sell their handmade items in a beautiful wooded late 1877′s setting. Enjoy homemade food, snacks and desserts prepared over open fires. Live continuous musical entertainment too. The same weekend of September 28 & 29, is the annual Ashland County Farm Tours. It is a self-drive excursion around the county where town folks can visit a “real live” working farm.
“Like we said, September is packed with an incredible variety of special events of interest to the entire family, ” Yun added. “And just like Labor Day, make those September overnight reservations today.” Of course, visitors can still enjoy a canoe trip, zip line, and in Mohican State Park hike, mountain bike, and ride a horse. Loudonville’s quaint Victorian downtown shops will also be open to enjoy.
For more information on these and other events in Loudonville and to request a free 2013 Getaway Planner, contact the Mohican-Loudonville Visitors Bureau toll-free at 877-2MOHICAN or email requests to Info@DiscoverMohican.com. Detailed information about all these fairs and festivals is also available at www.DiscoverMohican.com.