A DRIVING TOUR OF SCENIC WAYNE COUNTY
Take US 30 W from Canton through Dalton. Just south of Rt. 30 on Zuercher Road, (take Wenger Rd. south off of Rt. 30 and follow signs) you'll find P. Graham Dunn, maker of laser engraved inspirational carvings.
Back on Rt. 30, or you may want to travel the more scenic and historical Lincoln Highway, (watch for the Red, White and Blue signs with the large"L")you won't want to miss the bigger than life cinnamon rolls at Das Dutch Kitchen before heading toward Kidron on CR52. On the corner, stop at Shisler's Cheese for some of the best tasting cheese you'll ever find. If it's Thursday, you're in for a special treat. It's auction day in Kidron. After visiting the famous Lehman's Hardware, where you will find all the non-electrical appliances and equipment used by the Amish, don't forget the specialty shops at the Olde Millstream Plaza. Take home an authentic hand made quilt or a beautiful handcrafted item from the World Crafts Store. Don't miss the Kidron Community Historical Society, right on the square in Kidron.
Continue your journey by taking Emerson Road(CR 79) W out of Kidron to US250 W. Watch for slow moving buggies. Travel through Apple Creek where there are wonderful restaurants, unique shops and Troyers Home Pantry, an Amish bakery. Continue on US250 toward Wooster. A "must see" is the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and the Agricultural Technical Institute. Enter off Madison Avenue at the main entrance to OARDC and drive through the Secrest Arboretum. In the spring the trees are breathtaking. The Rose Garden is in its prime in early June.
Follow Madison Avenue N into downtown Wooster. The downtown is a shoppers paradise with the Everything Rubbermaid Store, many unique specialty shops and a 115 year old department store. After you have shopped 'till you drop, enjoy a delicious meal at one of the wonderful restaurants or coffee shops in the downtown area.
Just a few blocks from downtown are the ever changing Wayne Center for the Arts and the Wayne County Historical Society, complete with an 1873 schoolhouse, mercantile shop and much more. The Ohio Light Opera performs at the College of Wooster during the summer. A Gilbert & Sullivan operetta may be the perfect finish to an eventful day in Wayne County. Just east of Wooster on Rt. 30, you'll find The Cat's Meow Village, maker of the two-dimensional wooden building and accessories. Visit the "Mewseum", make your own piece and relax in Casper's Cafe.
The southern route takes you S on SR3(Columbus Road) to Troutman's Vineyard. Relax with a picnic and one of their award winning wines. Return on Rt. 3 to SR226. The Pine Tree Barn is just ahead. You'll be treated to a restored 1868 barn housing a year 'round Christmas store, fine furniture and a gourmet luncheon restaurant.
Continue S to visit the shops of Shreve, including a quilt shop and Des Dutch Essenhaus, where you can eat in an Amish buggy. Return to US30 via SR226 and SR3.
The northern route follows SR585 N to Smithville where you can enjoy the Shops of Buchanan Place, featuring a general store, gift & collectibles, and a toy and game store. The adjacent Barn Restaurant is a renovated 1937 dairy barn. You'll love a relaxing stroll around the lake after dinner. Just up the road is the Smithville Community Historical Society, where you can see cloth being manufactured on a 100 year old loom at the Mishler Weaving Mill.
Follow SR585 south to Back Orrville Road into Orrville. The Orrville Railroad Museum is open on Saturdays and has occasional train excursions. Across the street is the Orrville Historical Society. The Toy and Hobby Museum, on Hostettler Road, will bring back fond memories of the toys you had as a child.
Continue on SR57 S, and just before you reach Rt. 30, you'll see The J.M. Smucker Company Store & Cafe, the wonderful store brimming with your favorite products and flavors. You'll find gift baskets, gift ideas, and delicious products to sample - all in a beautiful timber frame barn. Enjoy a snack at the new cafe.