Many of my books are set in Middlefield, OH, which is the fourth largest Amish settlement in the world. I live near Middlefield and try to visit as often as I can. One very warm day this past July I went to see an Amish friend of mine, and took my daughter Zoie and her friend Sam with me.
On the way to Middlefield (traveling down St. Rte. 534) we passed through the small town of Mesopotamia. Mespo, as it’s referred to, is also home to the Amish. When you reach Mespo the road is divided by a small, quaint park. At the intersection of 534 and 89 is the General Commons Store.
Here you’ll find the largest horse and buggy structure in the world.
Middlefield is a little different from many of the more prominent Amish settlements. Not only do Amish residents refer to non-Amish as Yankees (instead of English), tourism isn’t a big attraction. Many Amish work construction or have their own businesses. You can see signs for these businesses on the main and back roads of Middlefield.
Of course where you find the Amish you’ll find flowers.
Horses, cows, haystacks and corn, too.
One of my favorite places to visit is Middlefield Cheese, a cheese factory and store.
You can get great sandwiches, cheeses, Amish meats, and various gifts in the store. Across the street is the factory. Middlefield Cheese isn’t Amish owned, but several Amish do work there. Zoie and I eat lunch here every time we visit Middlefield. I tried trail bologna on this visit, with delicious Swiss cheese slices. They always have samples, too!
Next time you’re in Northeast Ohio, take a day trip to Middlefield. Drive the back roads, visit the local businesses, and have lunch at Middlefield Cheese. Middlefield is in Geauga County, and is about two hours from Berlin, OH, in Holmes County.
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Kathleen Fuller was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and now makes her home in beautiful Geneva, Ohio. She’s been married to James for 15 wonderful years and they have three terrific children, three dogs, and an overwhelmed cat. She started writing in 2000, and published her first short story a year later. Since then she has authored several short stories, novellas, and novels. Her latest novella, Flowers for Rachael, released June 17th.
She has a Masters degree in Special Education and a Bachelors in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. A few of her favorite things: her relationship with Christ, chocolate, autumn, a satisfying book, good friends, a sense of humor, people who don’t take themselves seriously, haunting melodies, and NFL football.
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