Although it is relatively small, the village of Millersburg is home to historic buildings and interesting food finds that make it an interesting place to visit. It is located in Ohio’s Holmes County, near to the towns of Killbuck and Berlin. If you fancy a relaxed kind of vacation just wandering along picturesque streets or cycling along back-country roads, this is the place to go. The best time to go here is during summer to early autumn, or from July to November.
To give you more ideas on what Millersburg has to offer, here’s a list of some of the best activities in the village that you and your travel buddies should experience:
1. Guggisberg Cheese Factory
Since the 1950s, Guggisberg Cheese Factory has been providing quality cheese in Ohio. The business is owned by Swiss national Alfred Guggisberg, who studied the art of cheesemaking in his home country before flying to the United States. During the 2007 and 2008 World Dairy Expo, the company won the first place for their cheese’s mild and slightly nutty flavor. At present, they have a gift shop in Millersburg where you can purchase their award-winning cheese, as well as European-style meat.
2. Hershberger’s Farm & Bakery
More than just an ordinary bake shop, Hershberger’s Farm & Bakery is a popular tourist attraction that offers something for the whole family. Visitors can enjoy a wide selection of homemade bread and pastries at the shop, like muffins, fry pies (a type of traditional Amish pastry), and apple fritters. They also have a colorful assortment of flowers and other seasonal produce on sale. Aside from the bakery, there is a farm store offering leather goods and US-made wooden products, among other things. Of course, they also have something to keep the kids occupied, like a free petting zoo with farm animals. For a minimal fee, kids can even ride ponies and horses here!
3. Troyers Country Market
If you love trying local food, there’s no better place to go in Millersburg but Troyers Country Market. Since its opening in 2006 it has been popular for selling jars of traditional Amish goods like bread-and-butter pickles, pickled beets, peanut butter spread, pie fillings, and salsas. These are made from all-natural locally harvested ingredients, a guarantee of the food products’ freshness. Another local favorite is their homemade ice cream, with over sixteen delicious varieties to choose from. From chocolate peanut butter to butter pecan, you can enjoy these cold treats on a crisp cone. Other food items you will find at Troyers Country Market include cheeses, meats, sandwiches, and pastries.
4. Millersburg Brewing Company
Established in 2012, Millersburg Brewing Company started as a passion project in the basement of an old building. They produce classic brews and some of their bestsellers include Panther Hollow Vanilla Porter, Lot 21 Blonde, and French Ridge IPA. Decorated with bricks and upcycled items, guests can enjoy their handcrafted beer with live music at the tap room. On weekends, they even hold karaoke sessions and other entertainment programs. It’s a must experience, whether you’re a craft beer enthusiast or you just want to have a good time.
5. Yoder's Amish Home
The largest Amish community in the world is located in Holmes County, where the town of Millersburg serves as the county seat. Amish people belong to a traditionalist Christian church fellowship originating from Switzerland. They lead a simple lifestyle, such as wearing plain clothes and being mindful of their use of modern technologies. To learn more about the Amish culture, you can visit Yoder’s Amish Home, located at State Route 515. It is a 116-acre (47-hectare) farm offering guided tours of two houses and a barn filled with farm animals. They also have a gift shop and a bakery where guests can purchase souvenirs.
6. Victorian House
Included in the list of the National Register of Historic Places, the Victorian House is a must-visit for those who are interested in learning about the history of Holmes County. The museum is housed in a Queen Anne-style house with a total of 28 rooms, filled with a collection of Victorian artifacts, furnishings, ornaments, and accessories. To see the mansion with lavish decorations, come during a holiday and experience a Victorian tea party with the hosts. Due to its popularity, the Victorian House was featured in several productions, such as a television show called Victorian America and a Hollywood film entitled Love Finds You. Admission is 10 USD for adults, 9 USD for senior citizens, 3 USD for students, and there is no charge for children under the age of 12.
7. Millersburg Glass Museum
Just a few steps away from the Victorian House, the Millersburg Glass Museum offers visitors a glimpse of the local glass-making industry. It contains the history of a local glass plant, as well as information about the former owner, John Fenton. Approximately 400 glass masterpieces are on display, including rare ones like the Crystal Glass, the Radium Glass, and the People’s Vase. There are also glass items loaned by collectors from all over the world. Aside from the displays, guests can also watch interesting videos and see rare photos that depict Millersburg’s glass industry. Admission is 5 USD.
8. Holmes County Trail
Make the most out of a warm day in Millersburg by bringing out your bikes and traversing the Holmes County Trail! Aside from the two-wheelers, it can also accommodate Amish buggies, or horse-drawn carriages. Since Amish people do not generally own cars, they use these buggies as their main mode of transportation. Meanwhile, if you prefer walking or running, the Holmes County Trail is also ideal for that. Several restaurants, fast food stalls, and stores are located along the trail, where you can rest and have a meal with your biking and running buddies.
9. Holmes County Courthouse
Holmes County Courthouse is a three-story government-owned building dating back to the late 19th century. Spanning two acres (0.8 hectares), it has been registered on the National Register of Historic Places since 1974. The building’s design is characterized by stone walls, Ionic columns, steel details, and plastered ceilings. It also has a clock located on the exterior of its central tower. There is a large parking space next to the building, but only for horses and buggies.
10. Fire Ridge Golf Course
Covering lush hills and valleys, Fire Ridge Golf Course is a popular and scenic golfing destination located in Millersburg. It offers an exciting setting for golfers of every skill level, with excellent greens on a par with international standards. Its front nine (first nine holes) was established in 1929. At present, it has undergone several updates while still maintaining its original layout. They have discounts for senior citizens and members of the military. Meanwhile, if you’re coming on your birthday, there will be no greens fee as long as you present a valid identification card.
Food and history in Millersburg
With its ancient houses and museums, Millersburg is the perfect destination for history enthusiasts. There is just so much to learn about the lifestyle of the locals, especially the Amish community. After exploring, reward yourself with a good local meal and, of course, don’t forget to shop for delicious food items to bring back home!
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