At first glance, the name Plain City seems to give away the secret: Amish live here. Actually, the name of the town refers to the terrain, which is flat—a plain. Perhaps the Plain people chose to settle here partially because of the name. Certainly there were fewer hills for horse-drawn buggies to negotiate.
While 400 to 500 residents of Amish descent live in Plain City, there are only about five remaining Old Order Amish ladies. Some have moved to other settlements, but many are now Beachy Amish-Mennonites.
You can visit the Plain City of forty years ago through my Amish novels, The Bargain and The Bachelor, but why not visit in person? Modern Dublin is fifteen minutes away, but drive west on Post Road/161 and find Amish influence, scenic views, great shopping, and delicious food, highlighted below:
Seth Thomas Clock Tower: Found on the corner of Chillicothe and Main in the center of town.
Library Park topiary horse: Hope waits patiently at the hitching rail in the GRUBS Kid’s Gardening Club garden at 305 W Main St, Plain City, OH.
Slow things down with a ten-minute drive west of town to see this picturesque covered bridge, easy to spot.
Double back east on 161 to US 42 South to browse this beautiful furniture gallery. When you leave, head south past Der Dutchman Restaurant, but save that visit for later.
Cheese House and Corner Cupboard: Continue south to corner of US 42 and Converse Huff Rd to 9870 and 9872 U.S. 42, Plain City, OH. Buildings resemble the Swiss architecture in Sugarcreek. Corner Cupboard is an antique shop that also sells some handmade Amish items.
Yutzy’s Farm Market: Head half a mile west to 6010 Converse Huff Rd, Plain City, OH. It’s open Monday-Saturday 9-5 year-round and has deli and bulk foods and baked goods including Whoopie Pies!
Amish Pike: Continue west on Converse Huff Rd., cross Lafayette-Plain City Rd., and drive around Amish Pike to see many old Amish farmhouses. Let your GPS guide you in a loop to return to town via US 42 north.
Plain City Beachy Amish-Mennonite Couple spotted; Amish heritage in today’s world.
Wind up your tour with a feast at Der Dutchman Restaurant, and don’t forget to save room for pie! Sit at the Amish buggy table if you’re lucky, and afterwards stroll through the huge gift shop—including Amish quilts.
Come back soon!
Stephanie Reed lives on the outskirts of Plain City, Ohio, site of a once-thriving Amish community. She gleans ideas for her novels The Bargain, Across the Wide River, and The Light Across the River from signs glimpsed along the byways of Ohio.