Friday, January 10, 2020

Holmes County Forge is Coming in Spring 2020

Holmes County Flea Market is thrilled to soon become the home to the Holmes County Forge! We will release more details this spring. Forge Visitors will be able to experience of watching an old-world craft firsthand. Twice a month, the Forge will offer knife-making and blademithing demonstrations.

Bladesmithing is an old art form that has been returning to popularity with the television show on the History Channel, Forged in Fire. This art is thousands of years old and found in cultures as diverse as China, Japan, India, Germany, Korea, the Middle East, Spain and the British Isles. If you have never seen anything like bladesmith, we encourage you to come visit Holmes County Forge to see these incredible, live demonstrations!

Holmes County Forge
Mark your calendars for spring of 2020 for the arrival of Holmes County Forge! 

Watching someone create a knife by hand is quite an entertaining event. Additionally, the likelihood of finding this kind of demonstration anywhere else in the area is not high. So, this one-of-a-kind craft is special, and we look forward to sharing it with you.

Surely, you will notice that the detail that goes into each step is what makes it so unique and awe-inspiring. The bladesmith starts with raw steel and forms a rough shape with only fire, an anvil, and a hammer. From there, the blade profile is refined, and the blade bevels are brought to life on a belt grinder. The next step is the quench where the knife is hardened. Finishing varies according to application and can be a painstaking process.

From beginning to end, knife-making will be taking place right here at Holmes County Flea Market! As you plan your spring trip to Ohio’s beautiful rolling hills of Amish Country, do not forget to schedule a visit to Holmes County Flea Market to check out the new Holmes County Forge! As we have more information, we will be sure to share it with you on our Facebook page and Instagram profile, so make sure that you are following us closely on social media. We can’t wait to share the amazing craft of bladesmithing and Forge demonstrations with you.

Monday, November 18, 2019

More Things to do While in Amish Country

things to do in Ohio's Amish Country

Ohio’s Amish Country offers so many things to do and places to explore. You could visit for a week and still not cover all the attractions, historical sites, and restaurants. Of course, visiting Holmes County Flea Market is on the top of our list, but we’re sharing a few of our other favorite things to do in Amish Country, Ohio to help you make the most of your trip.

The Farm at Walnut Creek – a working Amish farm that is also home to hundreds of exotic animals, a wonderful produce stand and a gift shop. Great for all ages and groups. Located at 4147 Co Road 114 in Sugarcreek.

The German Culture Museum — The museum is home to an impressive collection of area memorabilia and displays of Amish, German and Swiss heritage. Focusing specifically on the history and settlement of Holmes County and Walnut Creek Township. Great for all ages, although mindfulness of the artifacts is required. Located at 4877 Olde Pump Street in Walnut Creek.

Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area – a wonderful scenic wetland and wildlife preserve area that has places for fishing, and camping as well as walking and enjoying wildlife. Located at 1691 Centerville Road in Shreve.

Age of Steam Roundhouse — The Age of Steam Roundhouse, Sugarcreek, Ohio, United States, is a private roundhouse housing steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars and other railroad equipment. Located at 213 Smokey Land Road SW in Sugarcreek.

The Holmes County Open Air Art Museum — The Holmes County Open Air Art Museum is a fusion of nature and art set within a majestic landscape of lush forest and rolling hillsides. Spread throughout the grounds of The Inn at Honey Run, the region’s only Open Air Art Museum showcases original works from local and regional artists of various backgrounds, mediums and disciplines. Great for groups and all ages. Located at 6920 County Road 203 in Millersburg.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Little Known Facts about Amish Culture

Amish Country Ohio

1. Amish first came to Ohio in 1808. Today there are nearly 60,000 Amish living in Ohio.

2. Holmes County is the center of Ohio's Amish community. Holmes County and the neighboring 6 counties are home to over 30,000 individuals and 227 church districts.

3. The Holmes County area is the most diverse settlement of Amish Culture.

4. Most Amish followers speak what is referred to as Low German or Pennsylvania Dutch, which is traditional Amish language derived from Germon, Spanish, and Portuguese.

5. School normally ends at 8th grade. From there, children go directly into their life of work. Schoolrooms are traditionally one room and lead by a teacher who is unmarried young women.

6. Although their lives are faith based, Amish followers do not get baptized until at least the age of 16 but may be as late as 25. It is their own decision, and if they chose against baptism they are asked to leave The Church.

7. Those who leave the church are excommunicated and shunned from their family. Nearly 90% of teens decide to stay with the church, however.

8. Amish men stop shaving their beards after they get married, however, usually he will still have to shave his mustache.

9. Ladies have very limited wardrobe, normally no more than just 5 clothing sets.

10. Many dolls in an Amish home are faceless. This is to deter vanity and to show children that everyone is beautiful in the eyes of God.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Finding Treasure in Flea Markets

Amish Country Flea Market Ohio, Holmes County Flea Market

Flea Markets and Antique Shops can be a little overwhelming for people who don’t spend much time in them. There are so many things to look at in such little time! How do I find what I’m looking for? What if I don’t know what I’m looking for but don’t want to miss anything? A good flea market is home to a lot of unique items and we want to make sure you don’t miss a hidden gem. How do you find that hidden flea market treasure? Here’s 6 steps to finding your own flea market treasure.

  1. 1. Come well-rested. Flea Markets have a lot to look at, and tend to involve a lot of walking. Getting tired out and leaving early or not digging as well halfway through can mean you miss out on something cool.
  2. 2. Be there early. From beating the crowds to getting in before things get picked through and messy being early will pay off. It also gives you more time to look through all the goods.
  3. 3. Be open-minded. Just because a booth doesn’t look like it will have something you're looking for, doesn’t mean it won’t – it’s called hidden treasure for a reason.
  4. 4. Know your flea market. Familiarize yourself with the way the market works and how it’s laid out. If you plan on shopping there frequently, building a relationship with the vendors can also be beneficial.
  5. 5. Make at least two passes. Try to walk from both directions. You don’t realize how much you could miss in a single pass. You might see something hanging on the side of a vendor stall that you missed because you just perused past it.
Holmes County Flea Market carries such a range of merchandise and has friendly vendors who want to help you find exactly what you came in for. If you’re planning a visit soon, check out our vendor map to get a game plan for your flea market treasure hunt!

Holmes County Forge is Coming in Spring 2020

Holmes County Flea Market is thrilled to soon become the home to the Holmes County Forge ! We will release more details this spring. Forge ...