George W. Davis
Mount Hope offers an eye-catching panoramic scene of sprawling farms, rolling land and cattle that takes the imagination back to a time when most were quiet save for the clip-clop of horse-drawn buggies.
Today you still see and hear the horses and buggies, along with the occasional car horn or truck brake, which typically signal visitors to the town of approximately 1 square mile and an estimated population of between 125 and 200. There are no official population figures from the area. is unincorporated and not included in census counts.
However, business owners say that for the most part the small town is alive with hundreds of visitors basking in a bit of the past by attending the monthly sales at the Mount Hope Auction, just south of the community square, or by attending a wide range of shows, business attractions and other programs at the Mount Hope Event Center.
Thurman Mullett, who along with his brother Chester owns the Mount Hope Auction at 8076 State Route 241, estimates that certain attractions like the Sportsman Show and the Home & Garden Show can attract up to 15,000 people for the festivities of three days, which means businesses in the community benefit. financially.
Mount Hope is part of Salt Creek Township and is bordered by Mount Eaton to the north, Bunker Hill and Berlin to the south, Winesburg and Paint Township to the east, and Fryburg and Martinsville to the west.
Mount Hope was laid out in 1827. Early settlers were impressed with the fertile soil, good water, and rolling topography. In 1841, Mount Hope had a store, 12 houses, a school, a post office and two churches. Two years later, HD Perky was born near Mount Hope and pioneered the development of a prepared breakfast, known as Shredded Wheat.
• Considered the largest employer in the community, Overhead Doors Corp. of Lewisville, Texas, which purchased Wayne Dalton Door in 1994 and moved its Genie Co. headquarters to Wayne Dalton’s former headquarters at 1 Door Drive. Wayne Dalton, founded in 1923, still has 600 workers in its 880,000 square foot factory, while Genie has 115 employees in its 50,000 square foot headquarters. Overhead Door, with a total workforce of 4,100 employees, began operations in 1921 and has led the industry ever since.
Wayne Dalton offers one of the largest selections of residential garage doors as well as a range of commercial and industrial applications. Genie manufactures garage door openers and accessories for residential and commercial distributors across America and Canada.
• Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen, on Route 241 just west of the Town Square, has been famous for its wide variety of Amish-prepared lunch and dinner buffets and full menu selections, ever since the 260-seat facility was was built in 1994 by owners Gloria Yoder and Robert and Laura Burkholder. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday. The Burkholders raise Black Angus cattle on their 120-acre farm in Sugar Creek and supply the restaurant with ground beef for many of its dishes.
Robert Burkholder said some of the restaurant’s experienced staff had been there since it opened and several had worked there for more than 10 years. For fish lovers, perch dinners are available daily, and Alaska pollock is available Wednesday and Friday with BBQ ribs every Friday.
• A major attraction in Mount Hope are the auction and event centers, both on 241. Thurman Mullet said the auction website lists all auctions and shows for a two-month period, including cattle auctions, which attract hundreds of bidders and tourists. The Mullets’ father, Steve, started working at the auction in the late 80s and bought the facility in 1994, which has since been expanded. Paul Money opened the Mount Hope Event Center in 2017, with a 61,000 square foot exhibit hall.
• The Lone Star Quilt Shopinstallation of Mount Hope harnesses and shoes and Homestead Furniture are among the oldest businesses in town and were all started by Sara and Ervin Yoder on their property next to the quilt store at 7700 County Road 77, just south of the square.
Lone Star, which is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, has been in business for 41 years and is now owned by the Yoders’ daughter, Ada Miller, since her parents retired. The store offers 5,000 rolls of fabric, a full range of sewing machines and accessories for beginners and the most avid quilters. The store will be part of this year’s annual six-day Quilt Shop Hop from October 31 to November 5. Sara Yoder has made and sold hundreds of quilts for Lands’ End and has a quilt on display in the Ohio Governor’s mansion in Columbus.
The harness and shoe store was operated by Ervin Yoder out of part of the quilt store until his son Marty moved his Mount Hope Harness and Footwear store at 8129 Route 241 on the plaza so that Lone Star could expand its business five years ago. It offers a wide range of leather goods and other items, shoes and boots and biothane harnesses as well as specialist items for young people.
The shop is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday, until 6:30 p.m. on Friday and until 3 p.m. on Saturday.
• Farm furniture, which started in the 70s behind Lone Star, is now in a 30,000 square foot two-story showroom at 8233 Route 241 just north of the plaza and is owned by the Yoders’ daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Ernie Hershberger. Built by the Hershbergers, the showroom is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and features handcrafted Amish furniture for any room in the house or outdoors, including Ohio Heirloom furniture and furniture custom-built to last for generations, says Ernie Hershberger.
The Hershbergers employ nearly 60 artisans and vendors and specialize in designing and creating custom Amish furniture and accessories while offering products from national brands, including La-Z-Boy. The store has a design center for those who make an appointment by calling 330-674-4902 to discuss their designs.
• The cabin store at 7860 State Route 241, about a mile west of the plaza, is known for its wide variety of rustic overhead and cabinetry, unique furniture for bedrooms and living rooms, and dinette sets and kitchen cabinets. Owned by Junior Yoder, another offspring of Sara and Ervin Yoder, the Cabin Store is also known for its antler chandeliers and natural wood products ideal for relaxing. The store is open Monday to Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Mount Hope Hardware at 8120 Route 241 at the northeast corner of the plaza, carries appliances, paint, all kinds of hardware tools, and is the region’s largest supplier of gas refrigeration, which is especially used by Amish, according to director John Steiner. For 27 years, he has worked at the store, which has doubled its sales area to 8,000 square feet. Formerly owned by Lehman Hartware and now Keim Lumber of Charm, the store is open 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until 7 p.m. Friday and until 4 p.m. Saturday.
• Faith View Library across from the Cabin Store at 241 Township Road 616, owned by Linda Miller. It has a wide range of books, specializing in true stories, children’s books, bibles and journals, as well as gift items, movies, a women’s clothing boutique and more. Store hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 3 p.m. on Saturday.
• Coblentz Leather Goods, southeast of Mount Hope on US 62 between Winesburg and Berlin, offers a wide assortment of leather goods ranging from belts and briefcases to handbags, hats and more. A former horse collar shop started in 1975, it became the leather store owned by Marion Coblentz in 2007. Hours of operation are 7am-4:30pm Monday-Friday and 9am-3pm the Saturday.
• The Ashery Country Store, at 241 just north of Mount Hope, is a must-stop for diners from all over for its bulk foods, deli meats, cheeses, and Amish-grown produce in season. The family store is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Entertainment and catering
If Amish cuisine is for your taste buds, there are several places in and around Mount Hope to get a hot meal and greetings. Ms. Yoder’s Kitchen is on the list along with Restaurant Berlin Homestead on US 62, Restaurant Boyd & Wurthmann on State Route 39 in downtown Berlin, and several others within a short drive of Mount Hope. Just visiting the many shops, including Mount Hope’s Country Mart Grocery on County Road 77 just south of the plaza and the Red Mug Coffee Shop, can open your eyes to many things they don’t. have probably never seen before.
About Mount Hope
Based: 1827 in Salt Creek Township
Population: Estimate between 125 and 200. Actual figures not available
Website: Not available in Salt Creek Township, where administrators Daniel Gingerich, Lester Miller and Michael Kandel oversee the township and Mount Hope affairs
School district: East Holmes Public Schools, eastholmes.k12.oh.us