The Heart of Ohio Road Trip - U.S. Route 36

Story & Photos By Matt Bayman

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U.S. Route 36 cuts straight through the heart of Ohio. In fact, if you travel far enough east on the road, you’ll end up in the Village of Centerburg, which is the geographical center of Ohio and proudly known as “The Heart of Ohio.”


   Downtown Centerburg has four beautiful murals that depict life in the town between 1890 and 1930, plus a great antique shop called the Village Mercantile and a hometown diner known as the Intown Restaurant, which is popular for its all-day breakfast menu. Across the street, a white gazebo sits right next to Main Street, as do several historical markers and buildings.
 

   It is small towns just like Centerburg, and the unique attractions found within and in between them, that makes driving the entire length of U.S. 36 in Ohio a very colorful experience. It’s a chance to see a large slice of life and scenery in the Buckeye State, as well as some of the best roadside attractions Ohio has to offer, most of which are completely free to visit.
 

   Starting in Palestine, near the Indiana border in Darke County, this trip follows U.S. 36 east for 204 miles, ending at the eastern terminus of the road in Uhrichsville. Along the way, travelers can explore secluded covered bridges and waterfalls, historic villages, mills and canal sites, Amish communities and wineries, peaceful hiking trails, state parks, unusual and spectacular monuments, diverse architecture, and, of course, plenty of antique shops, variety stores, boutiques and one-of-a-kind restaurants, pubs and ma and pa diners.
 

   It’s a trip that can be taken over several days or longer, and there are plenty of bed and breakfasts, log cabins, hotels and campgrounds to stay at along the way. There are also a number of great festivals that take place in the towns along the route. Timing up a road trip with any of these festivals can add to the experience.
 

   Although U.S. 36 passes through several major towns in Ohio (and more than 30 overall!), including Delaware, Mount Vernon and Urbana, it is largely a rural route. In fact, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation, in Ohio, U.S. 36 is designated 83% rural, with only 6 miles being coded as “freeway.” It really is a peaceful drive with very little traffic and plenty of country scenery, including many historic farms, red barns, barn quilts and little white churches.
 

   Phone reception also remains strong throughout the drive. This comes in handy when wanting to learn more about any of the attractions found along the way.


   While most of the attractions are found on, or within a few blocks of U.S. 36, others require a short detour. So, along with a phone or GPS, a good-old-fashioned map comes in handy for this trip. I suggest an Ohio Atlas & Gazetteer.
 

   Additionally, once you’ve reached the end of the road in Uhrichsville, you may want to continue your adventure by looping back home on Ohio Route 39 west (see HERE), which can be accessed in nearby New Philadelphia. This will take you through the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country, as well as by Mohican State Park and through Mansfield (home of the Ohio State Reformatory and The Shawshank Trail), among other stops. Route 39 eventually meets up with Interstate 71, which leads back to Interstate 70 (or even U.S. 40) and then home.


   Overall, you’ll be amazed at just how much there is to see and do on this trip, as well as at how diverse Ohio really is. Any time of year, this trip delivers.

Some of the highlights of this trip include:

  • Historic Roscoe Village

  • Culbertson Covered Bridge & Bigelow Covered Bridge

  • Honey Run Waterfall

  • Cy Young Memorial

  • The World’s Smallest Sundae

  • The Three Rivers Wine Trail

  • Johnston Farm & Indian Agency

  • Cedar Bog Nature Preserve

  • Coshocton Antique Mall

  • A limestone natural arch

  • Alum Creek State Park

  • Gravestones shaped like a recliner and a log cabin

  • The Old Stone Fort

  • Canal boat rides on the General Harrison II & Monticello III

  • Historic Bear’s Mill and the newest covered bridge in Ohio

  • Greenville Falls State Nature Preserve

  • Unusual Junction

  • Davey Woods State Nature Preserve

  • Rutherford B. Hayes Birthplace Memorial

  • The Johnny Appleseed Museum

  • Bun’s Restaurant 

  • Bradford Railroad Museum and wall mural 

  • Dennison Railroad Depot Museum

  • The Fletcher Covered Bridge  

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Palestine, Greenville & Gettysburg
   Start your adventure with some pizza at Sharp’s Tavern in Palestine, or choose from a wider selection of restaurants in historic downtown Greenville, where plenty of unique shops and boutiques also await. Highlights in the town include the Garst Museum, Annie Oakley Park, the Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe, and more. The Annie Oakley Festival and Gathering at Garst are both popular festivals that take place in July.
 

   Five miles east of Greenville, just off of U.S. 36, is Historic Bear’s Mill. But before you arrive there, watch for an interesting buffalo statue (pictured above) on the south side of the road near Turtle Creek Golf Course. It’s on private property, but can be seen clearly from the road.
 

   When visiting Bear’s Mill, along with touring the historic building, make sure to explore the full grounds, which includes Ohio’s newest covered bridge. It is free to visit.

Points of Interest

  • Sharp’s Tavern, 101 S. Main St., Palestine

  • Garst Museum, 205 N. Broadway St., Greenville

  • Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe (and its bubble gum walls), 125 N. Broadway St.,

  • Montage Café, 527 S. Broadway St., Greenville

  • Sweet Annie’s Cabin, 436 S. Broadway St., Greenville

  • Annie Oakley Park, downtown Greenville

  • Buffalo sculpture, next to Turtle Creek Golf Course, east of Greenville

  • Historic Bear’s Mill, 6450 Arcanum Bear’s Mill Road, Greenville

  • Lazy R Campground, 8714 U.S. 36, Gettysburg

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Bradford, Covington, Piqua & Fletcher
   Upon enterting Miami County, make a very short detour to Bradford to see the town’s unique railroad history, including a museum and a Pennsylvania Railroad Tower. Come back in early October for the Bradford Pumpkin Show, popular for its many themed parades and pumpkin ice cream. A mural in the downtown depicts both trains and pumpkins and is next to The Train Stop Restaurant, which has excellent biscuits and gravy.


   Just before reaching Covington, make sure to visit Greenville Falls State Nature Preserve, located on Rangeline Road just south of U.S. 36. It features a cascading waterfall, a limestone natural arch and a number of historic relics from the early 20th century, as well as two short hiking trails.


   In downtown Covington, visit a number of shops, including clothing and antique shops. There’s also Buffalo Jacks restaurant, which, among many other items, serves alligator, elk, bison, wild boar and other wild game. It’s also decorated like the Wild West, which adds to the experience. 
 

   In Piqua, try famous pasta and pizza at 3 Joe’s Pizzeria & Trattoria; shop at a year-round Christmas and Halloween store called The Apple Tree Gallery, or a very large Hallmark store with everything imaginable in it; visit the Piqua Library, which is housed in the Gothic and historic Fort Piqua Plaza; and pick up some Hungarian pastries and tortes at Dobo’s Delights. And don’t forget to visit Johnston Farm & Indian Agency, where one of two canal boat rides offered on this trip can be enjoyed during the summer and early fall. Just north of Johnston Farm is Lockington Locks Historic Site, which is worth the short detour, especially if you enjoy canal history.
 

   After visiting Piqua, take very short detours to Garbry Big Woods Reserve & Sanctuary, two different parks with very peaceful scenery and short, easy hiking trails; The Fletcher Cemetery, where a log cabin and recliner tombstone attract visitors; and see the Fletcher Covered Bridge.

Points of Interest

  • Bradford Railroad Museum, 200 N. Miami Ave.,

  • BradfordPennsylvania Railroad BF Tower, across the street from museum

  • The Train Stop, 121 N. Miami Ave., Bradford

  • Greenville Falls State Nature Preserve, 9140 Covington-Gettsyburg Road, Covington

  • Buffalo Jacks, 137 S. High St., Covington  

  • Siegel’s Country Store,  242 E. Broadway St., Covington

  • Adam’s Greenhouse, 6373 U.S. 36, Covington 

  • 3 Joe’s, 414 W. Water St., Piqua

  • Fort Piqua Plaza, 110 W. High St., Piqua

  • Scottish Thistle, 110 W. High St., Piqua

  • The Apple Tree Gallery, 405 N. Main St., Piqua 

  • Dobo’s Delights, 417 N. Main St., Piqua

  • Susie's Big Dipper, 323 N. Main St.

  • Johnston Farm & Indian Agency, 9845 N. Hardin Road, Piqua

  • Lockington Locks & Lockington Dam, Lockington

  • Garbry Big Woods Sanctuary, 2540 E. Statler Road, Piqua

  • Garbry Big Woods Reserve, 6660 N. Casstown Sidney Road, Piqua

  • Dilbone Massacre Monument, west of Fletcher on the north side of the road.

  • Fletcher Covered Bridge, located one block north of U.S. 36 on Downing Street

  • Fletcher Cemetery, 8245 Casstown-Fletcher Road, Fletcher

  • Poor Farmer’s Campground, 7211 N. Lost Creek-Shelby Road, Fletcher

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Conover, Lena, St. Paris & Westville

   Before exiting Miami County, take note of Lena, the birthplace of 4-H founder A.B. Graham. In Conover is the A.B. Graham Memorial Center, which houses a small museum dedicated to the 4-H Club.
 

   After the peaceful town of St. Paris, the scenery around U.S. 36 changes from flat farmland to rolling hills. Watch for plenty of barn quilts, as well as some very historic farm houses and barns. A place to see the changing scenery is Davey Woods State Nature Preserve, located about 3 miles northeast of St. Paris on Lonesome Road. This small park has hiking trails that pass through the hilly woods. It’s considered one of the best woodlots remaining in this part of Ohio. Nearby Zimmerman Road, which leads back to U.S. 36 from Davey Woods, has several more barn quilts to see.


   In Westville, stop by Studebaker’s Country Restaurant for its numerous all-you-can-eat meals (including cod, tilapia, chicken strips and spaghetti) and then visit the historical marker for Harvey Haddix – the baseball player who pitched 12 perfect innings for the Pittsburg Pirates, only to lose the game. He grew up in Westville.  

Points of Interest

  • A.B. Graham Memorial Center, 8025 U.S. 36, Conover

  • Caven’s Meats, 7850 U.S. 36, Conover

  • Davey Woods State Nature Preserve, 7661 Lonesome Road, St. Paris

  • Studebaker’s Country Restaurant, 4679 U.S. 36, Westville

  • Harvey Haddix Historical Marker, 4194 U.S. 36, Westville

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DETOUR – Cedar Bog Nature Preserve

   Before exploring downtown Urbana, take a detour to Cedar Bog Nature Preserve, where you can see what Ohio looked like more than 10,000 years ago. It's a place where clear water bubbles up through the ground; where rare and endangered plants and animals live; and where every color of the rainbow can be seen during a one-mile hike on the park's boardwalk trail, which is wheelchair friendly.
 

   The boardwalk trail is the focal point of any visit. It passes through amazing landscapes that can't be seen anywhere else in Ohio, including the only place in the state where northern white cedars grow. If you’re lucky, you may even see an endangered spotted turtle, a massasauga rattlesnake or tortoise-shell butterfly. Interpretive signs help lead the way.
 

   An Education Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday through Saturday. Admission to the preserve is $5 for adults; $4 for children 6-12; and free for children 5 and under. Cedar Bog is located 5 miles south of downtown Urbana at 980 Woodburn Road.

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Urbana

   Historic downtown Urbana is a shopping and dining Mecca. It has antiques, boutiques, variety stores, restaurants, bars, coffee shops and everything else in between, plus a number of interesting attractions, including the Johnny Appleseed Museum, the Champaign Aviation Museum and the Ohio Shrimp & Fish Festival.


   There are also some interesting dining options, including a free “World’s Smallest Sundae” at the Rock ‘n Robin Diner and eating pizzas named after famous musicians and bands at Wing Bar. Other popular restaurants include Fusion 40.83 and Café Paradiso.
 

   If you’d like more time to explore Urbana, a stay at the Scioto Inn, a beautiful Victorian bed and breakfast located in the middle of the historic district, may be in order.
 

   The Ohio Shrimp & Fish Festival takes place on the third weekend in September at Freshwater Farms of Ohio in Urbana. Along with plenty of seafood to enjoy, visitors can pet sturgeon fish, watch a Trout Feeding Frenzy and listen to live music.
 

   As with most towns on this trip, the architecture in Urbana is very interesting. The Gloria Theatre is especially classic, and still in operation.

Points of Interest

  • The Farmer’s Daughter (restaurant), 904 Miami St.

  • Depot Coffee House, 644 Miami St.

  • Johnny Appleseed Museum, 579 College Way

  • Fusion 40.83, 115 Miami St.

  • Kaleidoscope (antique shop), 117 N. Main St.

  • Café Paradiso, 13 Monument Square

  • Scioto Inn, 205 Scioto St.

  • The vintage Gloria Theatre, 216 S. Main St.

  • Rock ‘n Robin Diner, 1010 Scioto St.

  • Champaign Aviation Museum, 1652 N. Main St.

  • Wing Bar, 1765 U.S. 68

  • Freshwater Farms of Ohio, 2624 N. U.S. Highway 68

  • 9/11 Memorial in Urbana

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DETOUR – Three Rare Bridges

   This detour visits two covered bridges and one amazing steel truss bridge before looping back to U.S. 36 in nearby Milford Center.
 

   The first bridge is Culbertson Covered Bridge. It’s located along Treacle Creek and was built in 1872. It’s a very secluded bridge, which adds to the experience of visiting it. Just down the road is Bigelow Covered Bridge, which is probably the more interesting of the two. It was built in 1873 and still in use to this day. Lastly, is the Streng Road Bridge, a rare steel truss bridge built in 1914. 
 

   These covered bridges, and many others in the area, are highlighted during the annual Covered Bridge Bluegrass Festival, taking place on Sept. 27, 2019. Bands actually perform in a covered bridge!
 

DIRECTIONS: Just after U.S. 36 is joined by Ohio Route 4, take a right on Homer Road, then a left on the first road, Winger Road. Culbertson Covered Bridge is on Winger Road.
   After visiting this bridge, return to Homer Road, but this time turn left. When the road dead-ends, turn left on Ohio Route 161. Bigelow Bridge is located 3 miles on your left. To reach the Streng Road Steel Bridge, drive through the Bigelow Covered Bridge on Axe Handle Road. Turn right on Dellinger Road until it dead-ends into Streng Road, where you’ll take a left. Here, you'll cross this rare bridge, or you can pull over for a closer look. To return to U.S. Route 36, continue over the Streng Road Bridge and take the first left onto Orchard Road. This leads to Milford Center and U.S. Route 36.

 

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The Bigelow Cemetery State Nature Preserve is located just a little further east of Bigelow Covered Bridge off of Route 161. Along with historic pioneer tombstones, the park is covered in prairie grasses and wildflowers. It’s located at 600 Rosedale Road, Irwin.

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Marysville & Ostrander

   For the most part, U.S. 36 bypasses downtown Marysville, but Old U.S. 36 does pass through the popular Uptown District, which contains plenty of opportunities for shopping, dining and sightseeing. This includes: Uptown Antiques, the majestic Union County Courthouse, the Old Bag of Nails restaurant, Mrs. Renison’s Donuts and Worth Repeating Consignments, among many others.


   In between Marysville and Delaware are a few more worthwhile stops, especially in the fall. This includes Rusty Plow Farms, where U-pick produce is available, the CherryHawk Farm Apple Orchard, and Leeds Farm, which is worth a trip to Ostrander in itself, if only to see a house made of pumpkins and to watch pig races during their annual Fall Farm Fun weekends.

Points of Interest

  • Milford Center Prairie State Natural Area, U.S. 36, Milford Center

  • Uptown Antiques, 117 S. Main St., Marysville

  • Old Bag of Nails, 225 E. Fifth St., Marysville

  • Mrs. Renison’s Donuts, 622 E. Fifth St., Marysville 

  • McKinley’s Grille, 119 E. Fifth St., Marysville

  • Packrat Comics, 105 N. Main St., Marysville

  • Worth Repeating Consignments, 116 S. Maple St., Marysville

  • Rusty Plow Farms (U-pick), 12140 U.S. 36, MarysvilleCherry

  • Hawk Farm Apple Orchard, 16220 Springdale Road, Marysville

  • Leeds Farm, 8738 Marysville Road (fall only)

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Delaware

   After crossing the Scioto River on U.S. 36 East, you’ll reach Delaware, which is the largest city on this trip and therefore contains a little more traffic than the rest.


   However, if you’re looking for a diverse selection of restaurants and pubs to choose from, this is your town. Choices include the famous Bun’s Restaurant (pictured on the cover pages of this article) and the 1808 American Bistro, with dessert at Ollie’s Fine Ice Cream. Other hotspots include Blend of Seven Winery, The Flying Pig Ale House and Staas Brewing Company, among others.
 

   Make time for the Delaware Antique Mall, the Rutherford B. Hayes Birthplace Marker and a visit to the nostalgic Strand Theatre. There are also several nearby attractions that might be worth a detour, including Perkins Observatory and Olentangy Indian Caverns.

Points of Interest

  • Scioto RiverOhio Wesleyan University Campus, located along U.S. 36

  • Bun’s Restaurant, 14 W. Winter St., Delaware

  • 1808 American Bistro, 29 E. Winter St., Delaware

  • The Strand Theatre, 28 E. Winter St., Delaware

  • Ollie’s Fine Ice Cream, 19 S. Franklin St., Delaware

  • Blend of Seven Winery, 1400 Stratford Road, Delaware

  • The Flying Pig Ale House, 12 S. Sandusky St., Delaware

  • Staas Brewing Company, 31 W. Winter St., Delaware

  • Rutherford B. Hayes Birthplace Marker, 17 E. Williams St.

  • Delaware Antique Mall, 18 N. Sandusky St., Delaware

  • Perkins Observatory, 3100 Columbus Pike, Delaware

  • Olentangy Indian Caverns, 1779 Home Road, Delaware

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Alum Creek Lake State Park, Sunbury & Centerburg

   Just east of Delaware, a bridge on U.S. 36 crosses over Alum Creek Lake State Park. On either side of this bridge there are spots to park and get out to look at the lake, as well as several short hiking trails. A great view of one of the lake’s shale cliffs can be seen on the east side of the bridge. Also, a campground and a large sand beach are nearby.


   In Sunbury, where U.S. 36 crosses Interstate 71, is the Tanger Outlets, the Myers Inn Museum and Hidden Creek Farms, where fresh produce is available in the summer and fall. Oak Hill Barbecue is a popular hometown restaurant in Sunbury, as is the Corner Café Restaurant.


   In downtown Centerburg, view the town’s historic murals, shop for antiques at the Village Mercantile, indulge your sweet tooth at Kristi’s Bakery, and get your picture taken in front of the “Heart of Ohio” sign. Or, visit in June for the Heart of Ohio USA Days Festival.

Points of Interest

  • Corner Café Restaurant, 535 Sunbury Road, Sunbury

  • Alum Creek Lake on U.S. 36

  • Tanger Outlets, 400 S. Wilson Road, Sunbury

  • Hidden Creek Farms, 581 S. Galena Road, Sunbury

  • Old Sunbury Courthouse, 51 E. Cherry St., Sunbury

  • Oak Hill Barbecue, 60 N. Columbus St., Sunbury

  • Myers Inn Museum/Big Walnut Area Historical Society, 45 S. Columbus St., Sunbury   

  • Ohio to Erie Trail, bike path in region

  • Intown Restaurant, 12 E. Main St., Centurburg

  • Village Mercantile (antiques), 24 E. Main St., Centerburg

  • Centerburg Painted Murals, 8 N. Clayton St., Centerburg

  • Kristi’s Bakery, 18 W. Main St., Centerburg

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Mount Liberty, Mount Vernon & Howard

   After Centerburg, U.S. 36 enters the Appalachian foothills and the road becomes surrounded by trees rather than farms. You’ll also start seeing signs of the Amish community that lives in the area, including horse and buggies on the road.


   Just west of Mount Vernon is the Heart of Ohio Trail (for cycling and hiking), Collins Country Greenhouse & Farm Market, and Pacemakers Dragway Park.
 

   One of the architectural highlights of this trip is Mount Vernon. The town was platted in 1805 and named after the plantation that George Washington built. Much of the town was built in this colonial style, including the courthouse, the municipal building and the post office.
 

   A park sits in the middle of the historic district and contains a Civil War statue, the Cooper Water Fountain and a veteran’s memorial. Nearby is the Woodward Opera House, which is the oldest opera theater of its kind in the United States.
 

   Mount Vernon has plenty of places to shop, dine and stay the night. The Mount Vernon Inn is a colonial bed and breakfast located on U.S. 36, and the Mount Vernon Grand Hotel is in the historic district. Highlights an overnight stay can include dining at the Alcove Dinner Theatre & Restaurant or Flapper’s Bar & Grille, visiting the New Testament Stone Garden, or even playing paintball at Crosshairs Paintball.
 

   After Mount Vernon, U.S. 36 enters a recreational area with camping and canoeing, as well as secluded log cabins and bed and breakfasts. Highlights include visiting Honey Run Waterfall, staying at Caves Campground, and taking a canoe trip on the Walhonding River with Kokosing Valley Camp & Canoe.

Points of Interest

  • Heart of Ohio Trail, Mount Liberty

  • Collins Country Greenhouse & Farm Market (plus live bees), 7211 Patton Road, Mount Liberty

  • Pacemakers Dragway Park, 8926 Columbus Road, Mount Vernon

  • Mount Vernon Inn, 601 W. High St., Mount Vernon

  • Crosshairs Paintball, 18445 Proper Road, Mount Vernon  

  • Knox County Horse Park, 7360 Thayer Road, Mount Vernon

  • Knox County Memorial Building, 112 E. High St., Mount Vernon

  • New Testament Stone Garden, 170 Mansfield Ave., Mount Vernon

  • Alcove Dinner Theatre & Restaurant, 116 S. Main St., Mount Vernon

  • Flapper’s Bar & Grille, 15 W. High St., Mount Vernon

  • The Mount Vernon Grand Hotel, 12 Public Square, Mount Vernon

  • Holiday Inn Express, 11555 Upper Gilchrist Road, Mount Vernon

  • Kokosing Valley Camp & Canoe, 25860 Coshocton Ave., Howard

  • Spearman’s Restaurant, 26155 Coshocton Ave., Howard

  • Honey Run Waterfall, 10855 Hazel Dell Road, Howard

  • The Caves Campground, 26941 Austin Road, Howard

  • The White Oak Inn (bed and breakfast), 29683 Walhonding Road, Danville

  • Sunset Ridge Log Cabins, 11772 Shoemaker Road, Danville

  • Weyrich Woods Lodge, 28081 McKee Road, Frazeysburg

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Coshocton, Newcomerstown and Uhrichsville 

   After passing through the small villages of Newcastle, Nellie and Warsaw, drivers will reach Historic Roscoe Village in Coshocton. This is a restored 1830’s Canal town that includes gardens, a museum, exhibits, horse-drawn canal boat rides and plenty of unique shopping and dining opportunities, including the popular Warehouse Steak n’ Stein Restaurant. It is open year-round and free to visit. Also, next to Roscoe Village is Triple Locks Park, another great canal site to explore on this trip.


   While in town, visit the Coshocton Antique Mall, the awesome Railroad Restaurant and Saloon, and the Johnston-Humrickhouse Museum.
 

   In between Coshocton and Newcomerstown are several other stops, including Unusual Junction (you just have to see) and Raven’s Glenn Winery & Restaurant, which is part of the Three Rivers Wine Trail.
 

   Two miles east of Unusual Junction, visit the Old Stone Fort by turning right on Route 751 and then left on Route 254. The “fort” is located just around the bend in the road.
 

   A highlight of Newcomerstown is the Cy Young Memorial, which proudly stands next to a youth baseball field and, in fact, is shaped like a baseball diamond. The parade at the annual Cy Young Days Festival in June features an actual Cy Young Award winner as the grand marshal.


   In town, try the Yellow Butterfly Winery or the Temperance Tavern.
 

   The final stops on this trip are the Gnadenhutten Museum & Park, which is the oldest existing settlement in Ohio, and the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum. For a unique overnight experience before heading back home, stay at the Brick House on Main in Gnadenhutten.

Points of Interest

  • Sue’s Steak & Ribs, 32381 U.S. 36, Walhonding

  • Roberta’s Diner, 124 Main St., Warsaw

  • Whispering Falls Campground, 42539 U.S. 36, Warsaw

  • Historic Roscoe Village, 600 N. Whitewoman St., Coshocton

  • Triple Locks Park, at Roscoe Village

  • Warehouse Steak n’ Stein Restaurant, at Roscoe Village

  • Johnston-Humrickhouse Museum, 300 N. Whitewoman St., Coshocton

  • Coshocton Antique Mall,315 Main St., Coshocton  

  • Railroad Restaurant and Saloon, 509 Main St., Coshocton

  • The Unusual Junction, 56310 U.S. 36, West Lafayette

  • Raven’s Glenn Winery & Restaurant, 56183 County Road 143, West Lafayett

  • Three Rivers Wine Trail (driving tour found HERE)

  • Old Stone Fort, 22921 County Road 254, West Lafayett

  • Cy Young Memorial, 591 N. College St., Newcomerstown

  • Yellow Butterfly Winery, 11661 Blue Ridge Road, Newcomerstown

  • Temperance Tavern, 221 W. Canal St., Newcomerstown

  • April’s Country Kitch’n, 640 Heller Dr., Newcomerstown

  • Hampton Inn, 200 Morris Crossing Ave., Newcomerstown

  • Gnadenhutten Museum & Park, 182 Cherry St., Gnadenhutten

  • Brick House on Main Bed & Breakfast, 529 E. Main St., Gnadenhutten

  • Tents of Grace Café, 120 N. Walnut St., Gnadenhutten

  • Dennison Railroad Depot Museum, 400 Center St., Uhrichsville  

  • Dennison Yard (restaurant), 313 Center St., Uhrichsville

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