Saturday, June 28, 2014

Great Mohican Pow-Wow Celebrates Native American Culture in Loundonville

Starting Friday, July 11, the 30th Great Mohican Pow-Wow will take place on the Mohican Reservation Camp & Canoe in Loundonville, Ohio. Guests of the Barn Inn Bed & Breakfast and visitors to Ohio's Amish Country are invited to make the short trip to experience this unique and valuable cultural experience.

A Pow-Wow is a Native American tradition of meeting together for dancing, singing, story-telling, and friendship building, much like a family reunion. Native Americans use this time to re-live the old ways of doing things and remember their ancestors, preserving and continuing their rich heritage. While the event is entertaining and open to the public, it is also a very important time for the performers, vendors, and other Native American tribe members present.

The Great Mohican Pow-Wow serves to celebrate the culture of the Mohican Native Americans living on the Mohican Reservation in Loundonville. The three-day event is full of musical performances, dancing, stories, and plenty of Native American vendors selling their authentic wares to visitors. Among those performing is the World Champion Hoop Dancer, Lowery Begay.

Since the event is as sacred as it is celebratory, the hosts of the Great Mohican Pow-Wow request that visitors ask permission before photographing dancers or other performers. In addition, no alcohol or drugs are permitted on site, and visitors are reminded to be respectful to the traditions and customs of the Native American people during the event.

Parking for the Great Mohican Pow-Wow is free. Admission at the gate is $8 for adults 13 and up, and $4 for children 12 and under. Passes are available for the weekend, and group rates are also negotiable upon special request. Performances and other events will be held from 10am until 6pm each day. Fore more information, visit

Submitted by Stephanie Winegar
June 28, 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Mt. Hope Horse Progress Days on July 4th Weekend

Boasting an attendance of over 20,000 people, the annual Horse Progress Days in Mt. Hope is scheduled for July 4th and 5th of 2014. Visitors of Ohio's Amish Country and guests of the Amish Country Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast are greatly encouraged to add this traditional event to their itinerary for Independence Day weekend.

For the past 21 years, the Horse Progress Days has served as a testament of the continued use and relevance of horse-powered farming. The mission statement of the event reads, "To encourage and promote the combination of animal power and the latest equipment innovations in an effort to support small scale farming and land stewardship. To show Draft Animal Power is possible, practical, and profitable."

Though tractors and machines dominate much of the modern farming industry, the Amish community has continued to use draft animals for their farming needs as part of their practicing faith. What visitors see at the Horse Progress Days is a complete line-up of the latest equipment and hitching techniques in the draft horse community. The event also showcases many horse powered farms along with a wide variety of carriages, collars, feeds, ox bows, harness and tack, and other local products to care for draft horses.

As part of the event, educational seminars and clinics are held to inform everyone from the curious bystander to the seasoned draft horse farmer. The Horse Progress Days offers entertainment for visitors of all ages, with a petting zoo and swing sets open for children. Animal and equipment presentations will be ongoing throughout.

Starting at a bright and early 8am on Friday, the Horse Progress Days offer free parking for all who attend, with an admission price of $10 per person at the gate (children 12 and under are free). For a schedule of events and more information about the rich history of draft horses, visit

Submitted by Stephanie Winegar
June 25, 2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast Sour Cream Coffee Cake Recipe

Try this all-time favorite of Loretta and the guests of the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast.  This classic Sour Cream Coffee Cake is both easy to make and, when served, usually elicits a request for the recipe.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Sour Cream Coffee Cake
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup sour cream
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Cream together for several minutes, the butter and sugar until light.  (Before beginning place butter on counter to soften.  Butter should not be too warm).  Beat in one egg at a time into the butter and sugar mixture.  Add vanilla and sour cream.

Add dry ingredients that have been combined. 

 Nut and Brown Sugar Filling
1/2 chopped nuts
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Grease and flour a 10" tube pan or 13"x9" cake pan. Pour half of the batter into the pan. Sprinkle half of topping mixture over the batter; pour the rest of the batter over the topping.  Bake for approximately an hour at 350 degrees until done or when a toothpick comes out clean.   If desired, garnish with melted chocolate.


Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
June 14, 2014

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Why The Amish Do Not Have Church Houses or Church Buildings

Often we, the owners of the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast are asked why the Amish do not have church houses or church buildings.  The Amish meet for church, every other Sunday, conducting services in their barns, houses, and out buildings; such as a woodworking shop that has been prepared, and set with backless benches. Houses are immaculately cleaned, walls and windows washed, lawns manicured. Overall, homesteads are impeccably staged for the important day(s).  They usually host church two Sundays, after which, the church bench wagon is taken to the next host home.  An average Amish church in Holmes County, Ohio, may consist of about 125 people.  Many newer Amish homes and outbuildings are built with church accommodations in mind; new houses often featuring large open floor plans or walk-out basements.

Amish Church in Home - Amish Bench Wagon
As with many traditions, the Amish, when asked about why they don't have meeting houses, generally reply, "Because we've always done it that way."  I believe a look at their historic experience is helpful and may indicate where this practice began.

An excellent reference for Anabaptist history is the book, Smith's Story of the Mennonites, by C. Henry Smith. The Anabaptists who followed Menno Simons, (born 1496), preceded the Amish, who follow the teachings of Jacob Ammon, (born February 12, 1644).  The Amish broke from the Anabaptists, who were followers of Menno Simons. Menno Simon's followers were not called Mennonites until they came to America.

Because, from the early 1500's, Anabaptism was a capital crime; great persecution prevailed for those who refused infant baptism in the Catholic church. Dissenters and those who provided food and shelter to Anabaptists were imprisoned, burned at the stake, beheaded, or sometimes drowned.  Anabaptists met secretly to worship.  Today, many Amish and Mennonites make pilgrimages to a Swiss Taufer (Anabaptist) Meeting Cave where ancestors held secret church services.

Swiss Mennonite Cave - Schurch Tour
Most Amish homes have a copy of the Martyr's Mirror, a history, record book of anabaptists and early Christians who were martyred for the sake of Christ, during the reformation..  This copy was purchased at a local Amish home auction.

1814 Copy of Martyr's Mirror
In 1544, under the rule of Countess Anna (Netherlands), Mennonites were tolerated but still had to meet in secret.  When the time came that the authorities allowed church buildings, they had to be erected along back streets, out of view and obscure, without a tower or bell.  It is interesting, that on one occasion the Reformed Clergy of Norden complained to the magistrate that "the impudent Mennonites go to church to the sound of our own bells."

Today, as in years past, many American conservative Mennonite Churches are severely plain, devoid of adornment; no steeple and no stained windows. Shown below is a Beachy Amish Church in Fryburg, south of Mt. Hope.  The far left door is the ladies entrance and the far right door is the mens entrance.  After the service, anyone may use the double doors in the middle.

Beachy Amish Church
The question of whether to allow a meetinghouse created considerable tension among Amish communities; the debate extending from Ohio to Pennsylvania and Indiana.   A division in 1893 resulted in the largest segment of Amish transitioning to the use of meeting houses.  Most of those "Meetinghouse Amish" soon assimmiliated into the general conference Mennonites.  It was at this time that the term of "Old Order Amish" came to be, referring to the Amish who did not accept meeting houses.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
June 6, 2014