Tuesday, June 21, 2011

John S. Yoder Home, Amish Ohio

John S. Miller Home in Sugarcreek
The Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast suggests another historic Amish homestead to place on your list of places to visit while in Amish Country.  Open only on Friday and Saturday from 12-5 p.m., May through October, the John S. Yoder House is recognized as the oldest home in Sugarcreek.  John S. Yoder, born 6-24-1826, married Freney, daughter of Isaac and Barbara (Miller) Hochstetler, and in 1857 purchased 17 1/2 acres of land from his parents, Stephen and Veronica (Freney) Yoder.  On May 6, 1857 Stephen and Veronica conveyed 138.5 acres of their property to another son, Valentine.  Most Yoders with roots in this area are descendants from these early settlers.

Downtown Sugarcreek, Ohio
In 1883 John S. Yoder plotted nine acres of his land into 31 lots and named the new village East Shanesville, which in 1888 was renamed Sugarcreek.  Today all of the land once owned by John is within the corporation limits of Sugarcreek, a village dubbed "Little Switzerland of Ohio".

John S. Yoder initials
After many transfers in ownership, the John S. Yoder property was sold to the Ohio Swiss Festival Association in 1974.  Later the Amish Heritage Foundation purchased the house and had it moved to the present location to a field on the east side of Sugarcreek behind the Sugarlane IGA.  The home's foundation stones were moved and placed in position.  Clearly chiseled in one of the stones are the initials J.S.Y. 1869.  This stone originally faced the inside of the basement, but with the move, has been turned to face outside.

Other area museums include:

Behalt, the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center in Berlin which offers an exceptional tour through a 265' mural depicting the European history of the Amish and Mennonites.

Alpine Hills Historical Museum, 106 W. Main St., Sugarcreek 44681

German Culture Museum, Walnut Creek
German Culture Museum, Walnut Creek, Ohio, preserving the German/Amish culture of the area.  Presently open for the season, Friday and Saturday, 12-4 p.m.

Kidron-Sonnenberg Heritage Center, Kidron, Ohio, June - August open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., April - May, September - December Thursday and Saturday 11 a.m.  3 p.m.

Helping Hands Quilt Shop & Museum, Berlin, Ohio

Millersburg Glass Museum, Millersburg, Ohio; Hours vary with seasons an days.

Victorian House Museum, Millersburg, Ohio; varied days and hours.

Warther Museum, Dover, Ohio  An outstanding display of artistry and workmanship.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
June 21, 2011

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