Saturday, December 19, 2015

Ohio Bed and Breakfast Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns

The Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, with halls decked out for the holidays, was one of twelve properties showcasing a "Hand-Crafted, Heart-Felt Christmas" in the 8th Annual Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns.  Approximately 1,250 guests enjoyed the charity benefit, two-day event December 12 and 13, 2015.  Guests traveled from inn to inn sampling tasty treats, sipping beverages, and of course, picking up their packaged cookie at each stop. Live music at several locations added holiday cheer and give a reason to pause and enjoy the moment.

Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast Cookie Tour
This year's "Hand-Crafted, Heart-Felt" themed tour reflects the newly adopted marketing logo and brand tagline of Holmes County.  That tagline is reflective of the many crafts and products made in Holmes County along and the love and passion in our community.  A repurposed, upcycled, or a DIY inspiration was featured at each location.

Want to be creative?  This is very exciting!  You can get patterns and tutorials for all of the tour's featured inspirations. The Barn Inn's Poinsettia Pillow instructions and pattern is on this link.
Poinsettia Pillow

The twelve inns showcased were the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, Berlin Grande, Berlin Resort, Carlisle Country Inn of Berlin, Carlisle Inn of Sugarcreek, Carlisle Inn of Walnut Creek, Comfort Suites of Berlin, Guggisberg Swiss Inn, Miller Manor, Stone Cottage Inn, Victorian Suite, and the Wallhouse Hotel. The tour is a collaboration of member properties of the Amish Country Lodging Council and helps partners to showcase in a way that we could not do alone.  It's a lot of work for all of the properties involved, but it is fun and festive, and in the end, charities and all of us are blessed.  This year's tour will take our eight year charity donations over the $100,000 mark.

Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns

We again appreciate Jubilate for providing music, which resonated to the soaring 33 feet high rafters of the inn. This year the Barn Inn's cookie was a cut out in the shape of Ohio.  It was a labor intensive job, but volunteers came and helped get the job done.  We have stainless steel Ohio shaped cookie cutters for sale for only $4.95 each.  The cutters were made for us by a local Amish man. 

To make my Ohio-shaped cookies, I first piped around the perimeter with royal icing, then allowed that to dry.  Next I filled the surface of the cookie with color-flow.  That had to dry overnight.  I applied frosting sheet decals that I printed with a printer with food color ink.  (You have to use a printer that has never used regular ink).  With making 1,400 cookies it was more cost effective for me to purchase a printer and make my own cookie images.  In most cases you could go on line to one of
the many companies out there and order your images.  Images printed on icing sheets will offer more clarity than those printed on rice paper or wafer paper. (Rice paper or wafer paper are used interchangeably and, for the most part, mean the same thing).

See the Holmes County edition of The Bargain Hunter for an excellent article on this year's tour.
Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
December 19, 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

Wool felt Wreath Berry Pillow

Since I am in charge of all things beautiful at the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, I designed this white wool felt wreath berry pillow to beautify my inn for the holidays.

Instructions and Supplies:
 16" Pillow form
1/2 yard foundation fabric
1/8 yard white wool felt
Remnant cotton fabric for berries
Embroidery floss, tan or desired color for leaf veins

Cut two pieces of foundation fabric 16 1/2" square.  If you chose fabric that unravels, zig zag the edges before beginning.

Make a leaf pattern measuring 3" x 1 1/4".  From the wool felt fabric cut at least 50 wool leaves.  I used 51 on my pillow.

Leaf and Berry Template Images

Find the center of your 16 1/2" foundation fabric.  With a chalk or water soluble pen, draw a circle approximately 8 1/4" in diameter to serve as a base line for applying your leaves. Now you're ready to have fun.  Experiment with the design.  With the base of the leaf tip touching the circle, position the leaves pointed toward the center and continue laying the leaves out to get an idea of how to sew them.  Don't worry about the background showing through between leaves.  That will simply give a more natural look.  Remember too, that you will be adding berries in a later step and you can place berries in gaping areas.

You may wish to use straight pins to pin the inner circle leaves. With two strands of embroidery floss of your choice, stitch leaves in place by uniformly stitching a vein line from the base of the leaf toward the tip.  Stitches should be approximately 1/8 inch in length.  Stitch about 2 inches from the bottom of the leaf.  Allow the top 1 inch free.

 After applying the inner circle of leaves, apply leaves to the outside of the ring and in the middle as is visually pleasing to you.  After the leaves are all placed, you are ready to make and attach your berries.

Special note:  I purchased my wool felt at Zinck's Fabric in Berlin, Ohio, for the fantastic price of only $3.99 per yard.  Mr. Zinck buy warehouse lots and offers fabric at exceptional prices.

As shown in a photo above, I used a quarter as a template for the berry.  Cut on the pencil line.  With double strands of matching thread, sew a drawstring gathering line just inside the circle edge.  Draw it up and put a small "poof" of batting into the little berry circle.  I like to pack it in with the tip of a pencil.  This will allow you to draw it tight.  Knot off, but don't cut the thread.  You can now attach it to your wreath.  You're the designer here, so make and apply the number of berries as you like.

So here it is all done and pretty for your sofa or bed!  Or make this for your holiday gift giving.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
October 26, 2015

Sunday, October 4, 2015

New Year's Eve 2015 Entertainment Ohio Bed and Breakfast

New Year's Eve Dinner and Entertainment on December 31, 2015, at the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast in Ohio Amish Country will offer guests an enjoyable evening of the unusual and mysterious.

The evening will begin at 6 pm with a complete steak dinner, salad, homemade dinner rolls, special side dishes, concluding with traditional Amish-country desserts; but the best is yet to come. It will be a memorable evening as Mark Boley, executive director of the Holmes County Historical Society will present a most unusual New Year's Eve program, entitled, "Unusual and Mysterious Holmes County."  Mark, a professional photographer, has always been interest in history since he graduated from West Holmes High School. He later attended Ohio State University.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast
Mark Boley
A fascination with little known or unusual historical myths and legends has led him today to a series of popular programs on Unusual and Mysterious Holmes County and Holmes County History the Rest of the Story.  His program presentations have become standing room only events.

Following the meal, the adventure will begin with Mark sharing photo images and unusual accounts.  It all began with a discovery in Southwest Holmes County of an unknown tunnel and underground chamber discovered by accident in the 1980's. Forgotten, buried and rediscovered 20 years later this single discovery has lead to numerous unexplained sites, myths, lore and legends being discovered by the Holmes County Historical Society.  From ancient Indian mounds in Millersburg to mysterious underground man made structures plus throw in Big Foot sighting and UFO's, this program will keep you on the edge of your seats wondering what's next.  Come and find out what mysteries lay within the county and what's being investigated.  You'll start your New Year off with a complete new perspective on why Holmes County is so special.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast
Dinner and this special evening is available only to guests reserving a stay at the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast for the evening of December 31, 2015.  The Cost for the meal and program is $39.99 per person and availability is limited.  Call the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast at 330-674-7600 or book on line for a memorable New Year's evening experience.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
October 4, 2015

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Amish Practice Natural, Homeopathic, Herbal, and B & W Ointment

Guests of the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast often ask if the Amish us modern medicine.  Most Amish appreciate and pay for good medical services; however, most practice various forms of natural, homeopathic, herbal, and folk remedies prior to or in addition to modern medicine.  One of those products is B & W Ointment. I can vouch for the effectiveness of many of their products.
Amish Newspaper

The letters for B & W stands for Burn and Wound. My husband and I use and sell both B & W Ointment and Chickweed Ointment at our inn. In the September, 2010 issue of "Plain Interests," is published a comprehensive account of an Amish man who was critically burned, treated, and recovered by the B & W Ointment method and a hospital stay. "Plain Interests" is a newspaper publication enjoyed by the "Plain" people, as they refer to themselves, a people who dress in separatist garb of varying distinctions.  The title of the article is titled, "Treating The Worst Case of Burns We Have Ever Seen."  It's an incredible story of how this man's family and the Amish community fought to treat him with B & W Ointment and burdock leaves, and their struggles with the hospital and doctors.  They appreciated the supportive interventions of the hospital and doctors; however, they wished to move him to a hospital in Louisville, Kentucky; a hospital that allows for the B & W method of treatment for burns.  He was not granted a transfer to Louisville.
Burdock Leaves

The patient was gravely ill, was on IVs, a breathing machine, had a feeding tube, was receiving antibiotics and other support.  The doctors were asking for his wife to sign for skin grafts to both arms and legs.  After a stalemate, the Amish and the hospital came to an agreement regarding the man's treatment.  The hospital would do skin grafts on the right leg and arm and the Amish could treat the left leg and arm with the B& W Ointment, and that is how it was handled.  The Amish man recovered.  I won't go into detail.  If you are able to get a copy of this newspaper, or if you wish to visit us at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, I would be happy to show you the article.

The article concludes stating that in the course of his treatment, "Around 70 gallons of B-W Ointment was used. Approximately 50 burdock leaves per day were used.  We liked the bigger burdock leaves the best.  Around $600 worth of gauze, B.V.D. pads, wraps, tape, bed pads, etc were used per week." They stated, "CVS Pharmacy has the softest 4 x 4 pads available for cleaning", and specified it is their stock #310421.

John Keim is the maker of B & W Ointment.  Here is a very detailed article and report regarding the Amish experience and claims of this product.

In many communities, the Amish have practitioners who specialize in the supervision of the B &W Ointment method of healing.  Almost every Amish home I know of has a container of B & W Ointment.  I have seen tips of finger nearly amputated by a saw.  They treat their wounds with the ointment and application of burdock leaves.  They harvest burdock leaves in the summer or fall, dry them, and store until needed.  The Burdock leaves draw out the pain.

Amish Farm, Holmes County, Ohio
Another article in this issue states, "The University of Michigan State Hospital of Ann Arbor has already seen some of the favorable results from the B & W Burns Regimen and they have now asked for a $55 million grant to get the facts on the B & W Regimen and it appears favorable that they may get it.  If they would come up with proof of favorable results, the FDA would be put into a position that they would have to permit its use at the burn centers which would eliminate a tremendous amount of suffering and expenses which we are all hoping and praying for."

In the August, 2009 "Plain Interests" issue is a letter to the editor regarding B & W Ointment.  It reads, "Our first experience of using the B & W ointment was when our son (16-year-old) came home from work one day with a cut above the knee, at least 4 inches across, resulting from a mishap with a chainsaw.  So we soaked it out good, then I dressed it with the B & W ointment.  After I finished dressing it, he left the house and I wondered if I did the right thing.  Well, I hope so . . I never had any experience in dressing a burn or bad cut, and I had wished I knew more about it."  The writer goes on to say that the some returned home with bloody legs and toes.  He had taken his bike to the neighbors, got thrown off when he was going downhill, and got badly gravel burned and sustained a severe toe injury.  Skipping over details, the father concludes, "I was just so amazed how fast it healed...."

The address for "Plain Interests" is 420 Weaver Rd., Millersburg, PA  17061. There are more Amish newspapers and magazines you might like to subscribe to.  Click here for this link.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast
For a visit to one of the most incredible destinations in the US, consider Holmes County, Ohio, home to the largest settlement of Amish in the world, and a stay at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, located between Berlin and Millersburg.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
September 29, 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Outlaw John Dillinger Family History in Berlin, Ohio

In an Amish descendants book titled, "Miller Family History.... Descendants of Benjamin A. Miller and Martha Troyer," printed by Berlin Printing, Berlin, Ohio, I found family history on the notorious and infamous outlaw, John Dillinger. The story is also revealed in the book "History of Berlin, Ohio Community 1816 to 1966."

The Miller book recounts, "Henry Mosenbauch came to Berlin, Ohio in November 1874 with a wife and child, about five years old, by a former marriage.  He was a German and his wife was murdered and Mosenbauch was blamed and put in jail. After the murder of Mrs. Mosenbauch, her oldest child was placed into the home of Amish people named Simon D. A. Troyers (Davy Sim, our grampas) to be raised till the age of 18; then to be given a Bible and suit of clothes." When the boy was 18 years old he went to Indiana.  Later it was his son who was the notorious killer and bank robber, making news all across the country.

Berlin, Ohio 

In my research I found sources spelled Henry's last name Mosenbach, Mosenbauch, Mosenbaugh, and Mosenback.  Records indicate that the woman Henry married was named Mary and she had previously been married to a Dillinger.

In the Miller book, the writer wrote that he had often wondered where the name Mosenbach came from.  He recalled a John J. Hershberger would quote a poem such as "Mosenbach hut lauter guth sach, Stiffel un d Spura, hut de hossa ferlohra."  Translation:  "Mosenbach has a lot of nice things, boots and spurs, but he lost his pants."

Various newspapers reported the story. According to an article in the Holmes County Farmer dated February 17, 1876, Henry Mosenback, his wife, and a child about five years of age came from Baltimore and located in Walnut Creek Township.  Shortly thereafter they settled about two miles east of Berlin. (Mentioned elsewhere, that was Baltimore, Maryland).

The story is given in great detail in the Stark County Democrat newspaper dated March 2, 1876. According to this newspaper article, he claims to have met his wife while she was a tramp on the road with her two children. The article says that he made a proposal to marry her if she disposed of her two children, and she left them with parties in Pennsylvania. He kept his agreement and in 1874 brought her to Ohio, and settled in Berlin Township, Holmes County, where he worked a small farm of 25 acres on shares.

The Holmes County Farmer, February 17, 1876 states that Henry Mosenback and his wife and a child about five years of age came from Baltimore and located in Walnut Creek Township.  Shortly later they settled about two miles east of Berlin.

The article states that "Mosenback is a German, unable to speak English.  He worked as a common day laborer making a comfortable living for his family.  Until recently they seemed to get along happily together.  He began to suspect her fidelity to him, having frequent quarrels since.  A child was born to them on the 13th of October last (1875)."

On Sunday last, February 13, 1876, Peter Ettling, a neighbor, called at the Mosenbach house.  He sensed there was trouble between them but there was no violent demonstration in his presence.  Ettling went from there to the residence of Emanuel Beechy and told him he feared that there was trouble at Mosenbach's.  About 11 o'clock that day, Beechy went to Mosenbach's house to see if all was right.

He found their little four-month-old child on the floor crying.  He called, but receiving no reply, went in and found Mrs. Mosenbach dead.  He immediately went to Berlin and gave the alarm.  A number of persons went to the one-room cabin.  They at once suspected she had been killed by her husband who was absent.

Questioning the little boy, they learned he had gone to the woods.  They divided themselves into parties to search for him, soon finding him north of the road standing behind a large beech tree.  He confessed to beating her with a round (rung) of a ladder.  He did not intend to kill her, but 'supposed his violence caused her death.' He was brought to Millersburg Sunday night and lodged in jail, and given a preliminary examination before Justice A. J. Bell today (17th) at 9 am.........

Henry, after his arrest was held in the Mt. Vernon jail because the Millersburg jail was not considered secure enough at the time.

The article additionally states, "We, the undersigned jurors . . do find that the deceased came to her death by violence perpetuated by her husband, Henry Mosenbach."  Another Holmes County Farmer article dated 5/4/1876 states  "Henry Mosenbach indicted for murder of his wife, came into court and pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree, which plea was accepted.  He was sentenced to the penitentiary for life."

 Berlin Ohio Location of Dillinger/Mosenbach Home

Rest Stop Mentioned In Dillinger History

The Daily Record, 9/9/1966 recounted the history and gives more detail with title: "Along Ohio 39; Ax-Handle Murder Put Berlin in Limelight."  It states that this occurred two miles east of Berlin, only a few rods south of the present state roadside park on Ohio 39.  It also states that as late as 1900, the remains of Mosenbach's log cabin and stable stood there; fragments of broken colored dishes; as late as 1950 a few fruit trees marked the site......"

In that same article, "During James E. Campbell's term as Governor of Ohio he commuted Mosenbach's sentence to 24 years, less time off for good behavior.  He was released from the penitentiary on January 7, 1892 after serving less than 16 years.

I photocopied another article from our Holmes County library.  I failed to note the source, but I believe this is detail from the History of Berlin Ohio Community, 1816 to 1966.  Some of the men who searched for Henry after they discovered his wife dead were Emanuel Beechy, David Yoder, Samuel Yoder, Christian Yoder, William Hott, Jacob Swoveland, Jacob Wilhelm, John Zehnder, I.D. Snyder, and Henry Hall. They found the murder weapons, consisting of an axe-handle (helve) and a piece of hay rick, instead of a ladder run, on the floor by the bed.

Earlier Mary's son from her first marriage (Dillinger) was not at the cabin; however, when the searchers returned from Berlin the boy was "apparently at the house then because Wilhelm reported that he asked him where his 'pap' was and he motioned toward the field to the north.  I.D. Snyder, Henry Hall, Jacob Swoveland and others went out to find him.  Swoveland said, 'We found him sixty or eighty rods north of the house in the woods.' He was first seen behind a large tree.  When they returned with him, Wilhelm asked him what was wrong.  He said, 'You needn't blame anybody else; It was me that did it."

Quoting from this same article, "Mary Mosenbach is reported to have been married previously to a Dillinger who died.  The oldest child mentioned above was apparently by that marriage. They were then living in Indiana..... At the time of the murder, neighbors and the county authorities arranged for the boys to be placed with local Amish families.  They were kept in their separate foster homes until they were eighteen.  Then each was to be given a suit and a Bible."

The oldest son, who was raised by Simon D.A. Troyer (Davy Sim), was the father of the notorious outlaw, John Dillinger; grew up near the Mike Doffitt School House.  When he was eighteen, he received his suit and Bible and went to Indiana where he had relatives.  He married there.

Summing this up, it is my guess that the father, John Dillinger, probably witnessed his stepfather kill his mother.  His stepfather first requested that his mother dispose of her two children before he would marry her; and at that point she sent her children to someone in Pennsylvania.  He lost both biological father and mother;  lived on the street with his mother as reported, then he was homeless and raised in a foster home and sent off with a suit of clothing and a Bible.  Is it surprising that one of his children, John Dillinger, became who he was? According to wikipedia, the father of outlaw, John Dillinger, was John Wilson Dillinger, "a grocer by trade, and reportedly, a harsh man."

This story is also referenced on page 259 in the book, American Homicide by Randolph Roth.

In conclusion, I have simply shared information that has been published. The name of the father of outlaw, John Herbert Dillinger was John Wilson Dillinger, dob July 2, 1864, as indicated on wikipedia. This would make him 11 years old at the time of the murder.  This leaves some questions about the child's age.

Visit us some time at Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
September 2, 2015

Friday, August 7, 2015

2015 Holmes County Fair in Millersburg, Ohio

The Holmes County Fair in Millersburg, Ohio brings the area together for a fun-filled week in the heart of Amish country. Local businesses, farmers and residents of the community come to participate in and enjoy animal showmanship, demolition derby, rodeo, live music and much more. This year the fair takes place August 10-15, 2015 at the Millersburg fairgrounds. The festivities this year are marked by the special knowledge that this will be the last time the fair is held at the current location. In 2016, the event will be moved to the new fairgrounds at Harvest Ridge.

The schedule of events for the fair is packed full as usual. Admission opens Monday through Saturday at 8:00 am, and closes at 8:00 pm Monday through Thursday, and at 9:00 pm Friday and Saturday.  $10 ride passes are available from noon to 3:00, and are good for the entire day. Each day contains its own highlights before the week culminates in a special closing ceremony.

Monday, August 10 – Ride passes are $12 for this day only. 4-H booth judging, king and queen coronation and swine and poultry showmanship are just several of the events that will occur during the day. In the evening, the rodeo and talent show will feature the varied skills of the community.

Tuesday, August 11 – Admission is reduced to $3 per person until 3:00 pm. Animal showing for meat goats, horses and swine will take place during the day before acoustic band Felt takes the stage to end the evening.

Wednesday, August 12 – This is designated kids’ and veterans’ day. Active military and veterans receive free admission. The Tasting Smorgasbord and a multitude of types of animal showing will occur before the Antique Tractor Pull. Later, the Amish Country Theatre will perform a comedy skit featuring live bluegrass music.

Thursday, August 13 – Admission is again reduced to $3 until 3:00 pm. The daytime events will include the Horse Versatility Show and livestock sale. Later, the evening will be filled with the roar of engines as Motocross occurs at the grandstands.

Friday, August 14 – One more day of reduced admission at $3 until 3:00 pm! Dairy and llama showing along with the Horse Fun Show are included in the day’s events. Later, Autumn Burning, a local modern rock band, will wrap up the events with original music.

Saturday, August 15 – The final day of the fair contains the garden tractor and pedal tractor pulls. The events of the fair will come to a head as the demolition derby kicks off the evening. Later, AC/DC tribute band Thunderstruck will finish off the last evening of the 2015 fair.

This final fair season at the Millersburg Fairgrounds promises a great time in the heart of Amish country. Come out to experience the events, and enjoy some of the best Holmes County has to offer. While visiting, make the Berlin, Ohio area, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast your home base while enjoying the fair or exploring Holmes County.

Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast
Submitted 8/6/15 by Jessey H-K

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Ohio Bed and Breakfast Serves Gluten-Free and Dietary Restrictions

The Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Holmes County, Ohio, not only serves a hot country breakfast daily, but also takes pleasure in providing special breakfasts for dietary restrictions.  With advance notice, we are happy to prepare a breakfast made to your dietary needs, whether vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, or another allergy or intolerance.

In preparing gluten-free breakfasts, we are careful to not cross-contaminate with foods containing gluten. We use thoroughly cleaned skillets and utensils for our special request diets.

Many people suffer from non-celiac gluten sensitivity, which is different from Celiac's Disease.
Recent guests to The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast enjoyed and very much appreciated our cooking to their non-gluten dietary requests.

Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast Guests
If you are planning a stay at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, and have a dietary restriction, we would like to know if you are allergic to an ingredient(s) or sensitive to that food. If, for example, you request a vegan breakfast, it would be helpful to know what you would prefer instead; if you eat items such as green peppers, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, or zucchini. Let us know if you want an alternative to cow's milk; such as almond, rice, or soy milk. If you request "No eggs," do you mean you don't want to eat eggs or if you are allergic to muffins that contain eggs. Our breakfasts are great and we will be happy to accommodate your dietary request, so long as it is not some exotic item not available to us - hey, we're in Amish Country.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
July 22, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Thunder Over Holmes County Brings Traveling Vietnam Wall to Millersburg

This year, during the 2015 Thunder Over Holmes County event on July 3-5, a touring half-scale version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be present in Historic Downtown Millersburg. The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast invites its guests and all visitors to Amish County to see this one-of-a-kind memorial and partake in the many festivities of the July 4th weekend.

A picture of the traveling Wall

Though the traveling Vietnam Wall will be view-able at Hipp Station in Millersburg from Thursday evening until Monday morning, opening ceremonies for Thunder Over Holmes County will begin at 6:30pm on Friday, July 3rd. The fireworks show will take place on the 4th after dark, but there are plenty of activities, vendors and live entertainment shows to enjoy before and after the display.

The Wall being moved by a trailer truck

Having begun its tour of the country more than 30 years ago, the "Moving Wall" is a half-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. The goal of the Wall is to bring the experience of the memorial to communities and veterans who may not have the opportunity to travel to DC. Built by Vietnam veteran volunteers, the Wall went on display for the first time in 1984 in Texas. Since then, the Wall has made its rounds all over the continental US from April through November.

A Vietnam Veteran visiting the Traveling Wall with his dog

July of 2015 will mark the first visit to Millersburg that the Wall has made. It promises to be a truly unique and moving experience for residents and visitors of Holmes County, especially during the July 4th weekend.

For an exceptional view of the fireworks and modern accommodations just outside of Millersburg, we have the Blossom Suite available for Saturday, July 4th. This Suite is part of our Apple Hill property and can accommodate up to six guests comfortably. For more information, contact The Barn Inn at (33) 674-7600 or book on our website.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Holmes County Trail to host 11th Annual Benefit Auction

Though trains stopped rolling through Holmes county years ago, the old railroad line, now a paved path for non-motorized vehicles and pedestrians, continues to serve residents of the county and beyond. Being a privately funded operation, the Holmes County Rails-to-Trails Coalition has used the funds from the annual benefit auction to maintain the trail since the first one was held 11 years ago. On Saturday, June 13, the Coalition will continue their efforts to invest in the area's unique non-motorized transportation and recreation corridor. The Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast invites our guests and any other visitors to the area to participate in this vital and one-of-a-kind community event.

Beginning at 7:00am on Saturday, the benefit auction promises a day full of various auctions and activities for all ages to enjoy. Breakfast will be served at the opening of the event, and auctions will commence at 9:30am. Part of the tradition of the auction is the Road Apple 5k run that begins at 7:45. This run begins and ends at Hipp's Depot in Millersburg, making a full circle of the trail system that stretches from Fredericksburg to Brinkhaven. 
Among the auction items are hand-crafted quilts, grandfather clocks, other wooden furniture, a 16x24 log cabin, an outdoor patio set, and even a raffle for a 3-year-old pony. Also included are outdoor playsets, buggies and other outdoor equipment.

Food vendors and a bake sale will also be present, serving local favorites such as BBQ chicken, pulled pork, home made noodles and plenty of desserts. 100% of the proceeds from the benefit auction will go into the maintenance of the trail and its depots. For more information, visit

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ohio Bed and Breakfast is destination in May 2015 Redbook Magazine Amazing American Road Trips

The Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is a destination stop along a 132 mile road trip featured in the May, 2015 issue of Redbook Magazine.  Redbook's article titled, "5 Amazing American Road Trips," features the Bluegrass & Buggy Ride Tour that beginning in Louisville, Kentucky, leading you through a medley of diverse cultures, sights, sounds, and tastes.  You'll begin with horses and bourbon, stop at the Kentucky Derby Museum, eat specialty BBQ and pickles at Momma's Mustard, and wind northward 32 miles to Shelbyville, Kentucky, home of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

May, 2015 Redbook
 Continue 22 miles beyond to Frankfort, Kentucky to tour the 200-year-old Buffalo Trace Distillery, which is interesting and cool even to teetotalers and juniors.

Travel another 79 miles to Cincinnati, a city that offers many fantastic museums.  Top on your list might be the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.  Learn how Ohio played in the role of freedom to American slaves.  Find the Cincinnati Museum Center, with three museums housed in the city's historic art deco train station.  Your children will love the children's museum, which has an indoor wilderness-themed playground. I've personally been there with our grandchildren, which they loved.  The wilderness playground is a maze of trees and tunnels; bridges suspended from tree to tree (cool even to adults).  You'll also have to try Cincinnati's famous chili at Camp Washington.

Beyond, 144 miles, in Newark, Ohio, visit the Longaberger Homestead.  Another 55 miles ahead, welcomes you to Ohio Amish Country, the home of the largest community of Amish in the world. Here the natural beauty and natural grace of Holmes County and the Amish culture have created a destination where the notion of doing things, creating things, feeling real life with hands – and hearts – is very much alive.

Redbook Bluegrass & Buggy Ride Tour Article
In Holmes County farmers still neatly plow fields by horse and by hand. Craftsmen build rock solid hardwood furniture and quaint shops feature goods that are as beautiful and functional as they are authentic.
Holmes County Ohio Photos
Twenty charming villages hug the winding roads and nestle amongst the rolling hills. Of course, each village has its own unique personality and assets, but what they have in common is a homegrown, by hand and by heart feeling.  The people who live and who work in these towns are testaments to the character and values that defined simpler times. Visitors find themselves returning again and again not just for the wonderful meals or charming shops but for the friendships they have formed with their sincere hosts.
The Barn Inn  Bed and Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio

 Start your Holmes County visit with a trip to the 265-foot mural in the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center depicting this distinctive way of life.  Spend time browsing Lehman's Hardware, Coblentz Leather, the Amish Home at Yoders, and the many furniture stores that truly take you back to a time of dedicated, patient craftsmanship. Fresh air markets offer up fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers. Shops feature colorful quilts, baked goods, chocolate, wine and cheese.  Unique, live theater venues feature bluegrass, comedy, and musical entertainment fun for the whole family. And at the end of the day you’ll find sweet rest and a great breakfast at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast. Innkeeper, Loretta Coblentz, will direct you to any one of the great businesses you may wish to enjoy.

Events and Attractions, Millersburg, Ohio

For those who like a little outdoor recreation mixed in with their authentic Amish adventure, there’s plenty of opportunity in the natural beauty and open spaces of Holmes County. Golf courses, horse stables, walking trails, canoeing and kayaking and hunting are popular pursuits. 

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
May 17, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Drunken Melon Marinade Recipe for Flavorless Cantaloupe and Honeydew

Serve the best cantaloupe and honeydew melons ever!  Use Drunken Melon Marinate and never again throw out flavorless cantaloupe and honeydew melons; or simply use this recipe to enhance already good melons.  We here at the Amish Country Ohio, Barn InnBed and Breakfast, had often thrown out flavorless melons. Never again.  We flavor them up with our signature recipe for Drunken Melon Marinade.  One of our guests last week remarked, “This is the best honeydew I’ve ever eaten.” 

Drunken Melon Marinade
1 ½ cups Passion Fruit Rum
½ cup granulated sugar
1 flavorless cantaloupe or honeydew

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Place Passion Fruit Rum in a saucepan and boil for about 1 minute.  Remove from heat and add sugar.  Stir sugar until dissolved then cool the liquid.
Cut a flavorless cantaloupe or honeydew into desired serving-size pieces and place into a bowl.  When marinade is cool, pour over the melon, cover the melon bowl, and place in the refrigerator.  There may not be enough liquid to cover all of the melon pieces.  They are best if they are marinated over night or for at least 8 hours.  I like to occasionally stir them so that all of the melon pieces get flavored.

We often use the marinade twice; after marinading one melon, place another melon in the marinade.  Always be mindful of food safety.  We never use the same marinade longer than one week.  Enjoy.  Please try this and let me know how you like it.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, near Berlin, Ohio, located in Ohio Amish Country, offers full country breakfast, always including fresh fruit. The historic barn is purposefully transformed into finely detailed country inn with 11 guest rooms, farmhouse accommodations, and vacation stays. Call 330-674-7600 for reservations. 

Submitted by: Loretta Coblentz
May 6, 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Amish Country Ohio Weekend Events May 1-3, 2015

  For those traveling to Ohio's Amish Country this weekend; May 1-3, there is plenty to do and see. Listed below are a few events that will be taking place in the area, that you may want to check out while you are here.

Friday & Saturday, May 1-2, 2015

Boogie Woogie Bugle Gals - Dinner Theater 12:15 pm. & 6:15 pm. each day at Amish Door Village. "The Fittser Sisters chase after the man of their dreams in this high flying musical comedy". Perfect for groups! Tickets are on sale at $40. Click here to order.

Breitenbach Dandelion Festival - will take place on Friday, May 1 from noon - 7 and Saturday, May 2 from 9-8. This festival provides fun and many activities for the entire family to enjoy. Dandelion wine sampling, cellar tours, and live entertainment are scheduled for both days. On May 2 at noon, children will enjoy the dandelion picking contest and making their own dandelion jelly. Children should gather in the picnic shelter on top of the hill. Dandelion sausage, dandelion bread, dandelion gravy, dandelion lasagna, dandelion ice cream, and dandelion sangria will be available both Friday and Saturday. Arts and craft vendors dot the hillside. Past vendors have included fine art, blown glass, handmade jewelry, lawn ornaments and much more! The festival will be taking place at the New Roadhouse Amphitheater located just 100 yards east of the winery on Old Rt. 39. Click here for more information. 

9th Annual Dutch Harness & Friesian Horse Sale - Taking place at the Mt. Hope Auction Barn Friday & Saturday. For more information click here. or call Steve Mullet at 330-674-6188.

Miller's Dry Goods Anniversary Sale - Don't miss the last two days of Miller's Dry Good's Anniversary sale! Receive 30% Off storewide (excludes quilts and handmade items). Free gift with $5 purchase, register for daily prizes and $50 gift card giveaways, and a grand prize of a $500 gift card. For more information contact Miller's Dry Goods at 330-893-9899.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

May Daze at Lehman's - Visit Lehman's on Saturday, May 2, for the annual May Daze event, and help them usher in the changing seasons. Product demos, food samples, live music, and children's activities make this a fun for all ages open house. They will be celebrating their 60th year in business with ice cream and cake. Plus join them for a ribbon cutting ceremony as they open Lehman's brand new outdoor garden.

The Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast still has accommodations available for Friday and Saturday. Call 330-674-7600 for reservations.

Submitted by: Elizabeth Schlabach
April 28, 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015

Amish Country Ohio Bed and Breakfast Gluten-Free Bread

Here at the Ohio Amish Country Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, we frequently cook for a variety of dietary restrictions and allergies. One of the most common requests is for gluten-free dishes. Using the flour and recipe from Dolch Bakery, we serve a moist and delicious gluten-free bread to all of our guests who request it.

Find here the recipe, which is also printed on the back of the package

Dolch Bakery Pour and Bake Bread

1 2/3 cups warm milk
1 whole egg, plus enough egg whites to make 3/4 cup of eggs total
1/4 cup melted butter or vegetable oil
1 Tbsp Honey
3/4 tsp sea salt (we use a little bit more)
1 packet of yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
1 tsp cider vinegar
4 cups sifted gluten-free flour

Place flour in large bowl or heavy-duty tabletop mixer. Add yeast to warm milk in separate bowl, let foam for 5 minutes. Add eggs, melted butter or oil, vinegar, honey, salt and yeast mixture to flour. Mix with regular beaters (not dough hook) at medium speed for 3 minutes, scraping sides of bowl with spatula as necessary. Place dough in greased 9 x 5 inch nonstick bread pan. Smooth top of dough with wet spatula. Cover with oiled aluminum foil or plastic wrap and let rise in warm place until dough is level with top of pan (approximately 25-35 minutes). Remove cover and bake at 375 degrees for 60-65 minutes. Cover with foil after 10 minutes to prevent over-browning. To test whether the bread is done, tap the top with your fingernail. A crisp, hard sound indicated a properly baked loaf. Turn loaf out on to wire rack and cool thoroughly before slicing.

We, here at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast sell Dolch flour.

Gluten-free Bread
 For more information, recipes, and to order the gluten-free flour directly from the bakery, visit

Holmes County Ohio
When visiting Ohio's Amish Country in Holmes County, Ohio, consider a stay at the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast located in the largest Amish population in the world.  Here natural beauty of the culture have created a destination where the notion of doing things, creating things, feeling real life with hands - and hearts - is very much alive.  Come and experience the authentic.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
April 17, 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ohio Amish Country Businesses Open on Good Friday 2015

Although many of the Amish and Mennonite businesses in Ohio's Amish Country will be closed on Good Friday, expect most of the shops along the Main street in Berlin and Millersburg, Ohio to be open, but may close at earlier hours then usual. Find a list below of businesses and restaurants that will be open on Friday, April 3, 2015 along with hours.

Camelot room is available for Friday. Farmhouse for Friday & Saturday.

Businesses Open on Good Friday;

Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center (Behalt) - Hours: 9 am. - 3 pm.
Coblentz Chocolate Co. - Hours: 9 am. - 5 pm.
David Warther Carvings & Gift Shop - Hours: 9 am. - 5 pm.
Guggisberg Cheese Inc. - Hours: 8 am. - 5 pm. 
Heini's Cheese - Hours: 8 am. - 6 pm. 
Holmes County Flea Market - Hours: 9 am. - 5 pm.
Lehman's Hardware - Hours: 9 am. - 6 pm.
Sol's - Hours: 9 am. - 5 pm.
Troyer's Country Market - Hours: 9 am. - 5 pm. 
Walnut Creek Cheese - Hours: 8 am. - 4 pm. 
Wendell August Forge - Hours: 9 am. - 6 pm. 


Bags Sports Pub - Hours: 11 am. - 10 pm.
Chalet in the Valley - Hours: 11 am. - 8 pm.
Der Dutchman Restaurant - Hours: 7 am. - 11 am. (Breakfast only)
Farmstead Restaurant - Hours: 7 am. - 8 pm.
Hotel Millersburg - Hours: 11 am. - 10 pm.
Jitters Coffee House - Hours: 7 am. - 10 pm.
Rebecca's Bistro - Hours: 8 am. - 3 pm. 
Tarragon Restaurant (Finer Dining) - Hours: Breakfast: 8 am. - 11 am. Lunch: 12 pm. - 3 pm. Dinner: 5 pm. - 9 pm. (Reservations required) 

The Millersburg, Ohio,  Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast still has availability for the weekend: Friday-Sunday, April 3-5, 2015. Enjoy a full country breakfast served each morning. Click here to make a reservation or call (330)-674-7600.

Submitted by: Elizabeth Schlabach
April 2, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Make Easter Nest Cupcakes

Easter in Ohio Amish Country, is simply the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. The Amish hold Good Friday as a holy fasting day.  Easter is celebrated; however, not ostentatiously, but may include coloring eggs,  Easter egg hunts. and a special meal.  Here at the Berlin area, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, I have created delightful Easter egg, nest cupcakes.  Make these easy cupcakes and place them at each guest place setting for a special Easter treat.

Easter Egg Nest Cupcakes
Supplies need are:
Wilton Gum Paste mix
Wilton Nature's Design flexible fondant & gum paste mold
Jelly beans (speckled, pastel colored)
Shredded coconut
Chocolate to melt
Wilton jell food colors - green and brown

In advance create mini chocolate nests.  I made nests using dark chocolate and nests made of white chocolate.  For this application, I prefer the milk or dark chocolate. Melt a small bowl of chocolate and pour in enough cereal and stir to coat.  I used a round tablespoon for the mold. Simply place a small piece of tin foil into  the measuring spoon and place a rounded teaspoon full of chocolate-coated cereal into the foil, making an indentation.  This is a simple "No fuss" step.  Don't be too fussy when forming the nests.  Lift the foil from the measuring spoon and set aside to set.  IMPORTANT - When heating your chocolate, be careful to heat to the correct temperature to temper.  See tempering chocolate instructions.

Make Chocolate Bird Nests
Once your nests have cooled, you can simply pull the foil away from the nests.

Take about 1 cup of gum paste mix and mix in enough water to make a stiff, yet pliable modeling dough. Keep the gum paste in a plastic bag to avoid drying out.  Divide gum paste material into thirds.  Keep 1/3 white. Using gel food color, tint 1/3 green and other 1/3 brown.  Using the Wilton Nature's Design mold, with white gum paste, create tiny white blossoms; with green gum past, create green leaves; with brown create branches. Set them aside.  They will dry within several minutes.

You can purchase the Wilton mold and Gum paste at Walmart. Make gum paste glue to adhere leaves and flower to branches. For glue put a little gum paste powder in a small bowl and add enough water to make to a glue consistency.

Delight yourself and your friends with this Easter creation.

The Berlin, Ohio area Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is a Select Registry property offering fine accommodations, located in the heart of Ohio's Amish Country. This is the largest community of Amish anywhere in the world where our products and services are heartfelt and handmade. Visit our website or drop by if your in the area, we would love to show you our fine Inn.

Submitted by: Loretta Coblentz
March 31, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Holmes County Ohio Events March & April 2015

After a long and cold winter spring is finally just around the corner in Holmes County Ohio. If you are tired of being cooped up all winter come stay with us at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast and take in all the sights and activities that Holmes County has to offer. Listed below is a schedule for upcoming events that you may want to consider when planning your trip to Amish Country.

Choose our "Love is Timeless" package of wine and roses along with a night's stay

Friday, March 27

Ryan & Friends - Comedian and Ventriloquist  at the Amish Country Theater in Walnut Creek with special guest Taylor University Chorale. For more information Click Here.

Dinner at the Doctor's House - Join us for a step back in time to the 1800s. Come with us to The Doctor's House 334 N. Whitewoman Street, Coshocton, Ohio. Enjoy the hospitality of Roscoe's leading citizens as you have the pleasure of dining in Dr. Johnson's home. During your visit
you may learn about dining etiquette or cooking practices of the 1800s along with humorous tales of the canal. Your meal will consist of 1 appetizer, 1 salad or soup, 1 entrée, 2 side dishes, 1 dessert, beverage, bread and rolls with Butter or olive oil & herbs for dipping. Dinner will be pre-ordered for your guests. All members will be served the same meal of your choosing. A generous menu is offered in addition to a historical menu. Cost of this unique experience is $45.00 per person. Minimum group of 4 ~ maximum group of 8. For more information call ( 740-622-7644) ext. 20.

Saturday, April 11

Easter Adventure - Easter eggs will be dropped from a Helicopter at The Farm at Walnut Creek. Call (330-893-4200) for more information.

Gospel in The Barn -  John Schmid & Mercy River will be performing at The Amish Country Theater at 7:00 pm. Click Here for tickets and more information.

Saturday, April 25

Berlin Barnstorming - Everyone loves a scavenger hunt, but in Berlin its a hunt for barns. Join the fun as participants race around town to find small wooden barns hidden in participating shops. Sign up for prizes including a grand prize.

Comedy Calamity - Join internationally-acclaimed Ventriloquist Ken Groves, and stand-up comedian Lynyrd, for a night you’ll never forget at The Amish Country Theater! Click here for tickets.

Be sure to visit our calendar for more upcoming events in the area.

Submitted by: Elizabeth Schlabach
March 24, 2015

Saturday, February 28, 2015

2015 Amish Country Entertainment

Along with the shopping, dining, rich cultural experiences and other events, Ohio's Amish Country is also host to three wonderful entertainment venues: The Ohio Light Opera, the Live Theater at Carlisle Inn, and The Amish Country Theater.The Innkeepers and staff of the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast encourage visitors to make one (or all) of these shows a part of your time spent here.

Entering its 37th performance season, the Ohio Light Opera seeks to explore and perform the best tradtional operetta and musical theater titles the industry has to offer. For its 2015 season, beginning June 13, The Light Opera will feature Brigadoon, Can Can, One Touch of Venus, Oh, Kay!, Friederike, Ruddigore, and Yeomen of the Guard. Single ticket prices range from $48-$52 for adults, $20 for students ages 16-23, and $10 for children 15 and under. Multiple-show subscriptions are also available. Click here for a full schedule of the showtimes and more information about each.

The 2015 performance season at the Live Theater at the Carlisle Inn will play host to another season of Half-Stitched beginning June 2 through August 15, and invite a new musical to the stage, Josiah for President, beginning August 21 until December 19.  Half-Stitched  tells the story of an Amish widow who decides to teach a quilting class that is open to the public. She never expects a Marine,  a biker, a dysfunctional couple and severl other quirky characters to sign up. This show is a clash of personalities and cultures that will leave you laughing and crying the whole time. Josiah for President follows a former Congressman who is determined to make Josiah, an Amish farmer from Pennsylvania, the next President of the United States. Josiah's hard-working, common sense attitude about life lands him as a write-in candidate for the Presidency, but can he tussle with the career politicians in an unfamiliar world? More information and tickets are available here.

The Amish Country Theater is a family-friendly comedy variety show in Walnut Creek, Ohio. During their regular season (which begins on May 14 and runs through November 7), the theater features everything sketch comedy, including a pair of Amish brothers covering modern pop songs, "The Real Housewives of Amish Country," a professional ventriloquist, and many others. During its off season until May, the Theater is host to several special individual and group performers, such as Bluegrass and other Gospel singers.Visit their website here for ticket and show information.