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Kidron

Heartland Destination

Story and Photos by Emily Rumes | Amish Heartland Writer Published: May 1, 2017 12:00 PM
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If you are lucky enough to visit Kidron, Ohio and take a moment to appreciate life on a sunny afternoon, hearing the clippity-clop, clippity-clop of buggies going by, you may notice that the pace and the beauty of Kidron is ideal for introspection and taking your time.

You may also notice architectural examples of the Swiss settlers, drawn to build their homes and farms in the rolling hills of Wayne County two hundred years ago. Kidron is a place for gathering with friends, having conversations at the local restaurants and enjoying the simple things in life. It is also home to Lehman's Hardware, one of Ohio's top tourism destinations, and Gerber's Amish Farm Chicken.

If you go through town on a Thursday "Auction Day" the noises, sounds and smells that surround you will give you a more lively experience. You'll see a community full of energy, filled to the brim with a constant coming and going.

In addition to the Amish community in Kidron, there is a strong connection to the Mennonite peoples of the past and present, their deep religious convictions and ancestral ties to the area. The Kidron Community Historical Society, Kidron-Sonnenberg Heritage Center and Sonnenberg Village is home to a museum featuring the visual history related to the Swiss Anabaptist culture that developed in the Kidron-Sonnenberg area. The Heritage Center is open Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free, with donations very much appreciated.

On May 13th the Mercy River Gospel group will perform at 7 p.m. at the Sonnenberg Village Welcome Center, 13497 Hackett Road, Apple Creek, with a freewill offering being taken. (For mapping purposes, many of the addresses for local businesses and points of interest in and around Kidron will have an Apple Creek zip code, the two communities are just over 5 miles apart).

 

SPRING & Summer Events in Kidron:

May

5th - Lehman's Customer Appreciation Day

25th - ASCENSION DAY (There will be no Livestock

Sale in Kidron today, and Amish owned businesses will be closed in observance of the Day of Ascension)

26th - Ascension Week Sale Day for the Kidron Auction - more info at KidronAuction.com

27th - Dutch Oven Gathering at Lehman's

June

9th & 10th - KIDRON DAYS

10th - Grilling Competition at Lehman's (Registration Required)

17th - Father's Day Ice Cream Social at Lehman's

24th - Car Show at Lehman's

July

1st - Crippled Children Benefit Sale at the Kidron Auction Grounds

7th & 8th - Lehman's Summer Celebration


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