Planning a trip to Holmes County? Here are 3 quirky roadside oddities in Ohio Amish country that are worth a detour. If you brake for roadside attractions, these are a must-see! Keep reading to learn more about visiting these larger than life tourist attractions.
We took a road trip to Ohio Amish Country for my Mother’s Day gift this year. Since we had only one day there, I had planned everything out to make sure we made the most of our time. The itinerary included lots of shopping and food. However, I also made some time in the schedule to check out 3 weird roadside oddities in Ohio Amish Country.
My family is quite used to my adoration of roadside attractions by now, so there aren’t too many complaints when I want to stop and take pictures. Usually my kids groan about being forced to pose in front of the world’s largest whatever, but I think they secretly love it 🙂 They get their revenge on me though when we get back in the car and they start singing Weird Al’s Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota LOL.
3 Roadside Oddities in Ohio Amish Country and Where to Find Them
- Cheese Mouse Totem Pole at Shisler’s Cheese House in Orrville, OH
- Giant Cuckoo Clock in downtown Sugarcreek, OH
- Giant Adirondack Chair at Troyer’s Furniture in Sugarcreek, OH
Here is the route we took to visit these 3 roadside attractions in Ohio Amish country. All three are relatively close – within a 30 mile drive of each other.
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The Shisler Cheese Mouse Totem Pole
We had started our day at the Smucker’s Store and Cafe in Orrville. On the way between Smuckers and Lehman’s, we came across the first of our three planned stops at roadside attractions in Ohio Amish country – the Cheese Mouse Totem Pole.
The Cheese Mouse Totem Pole is located at Shisler’s Cheese House in Orrville, Ohio. The wooden totem pole stands about 12 feet in the air and features an adorable big-eared mouse perched on his stash of Swiss cheese.
The mouse totem pole is right outside of the shop to the right of the stairs – you can’t miss it! So whether or not the cheese store is open, you can stop and take a few photos.
Shisler’s Cheese House is a cute little store carrying an assortment of baked goods, deli meats, drinks, candies, and of course cheese. So if the store is open when you stop by, be sure to check it out. I mean you can’t visit Ohio Amish Country and not buy any cheese, right? 🙂
Want to visit? The Cheese Mouse Totem Pole is located at 55 Kidron Rd, Orrville, OH 44667.
Giant Cuckoo Clock in Sugarcreek
After we shopped at Lehman’s and had some lunch at a yummy Amish buffet, we set out for the second of the three roadside oddities in Ohio Amish country – the Giant Cuckoo Clock in Sugarcreek.
This ginormous cuckoo clock stands on the corner of Main Street and North Broadway, right in the middle of downtown Sugarcreek.
It is definitely the largest cuckoo clock in Ohio. At one time it was in the Guiness Book of World Records for being the largest cuckoo clock in the world, but from what I can tell from an online search – Germany may currently hold that title.
Whether it’s the world’s largest cuckoo clock or not, the Sugarcreek Cuckoo clock is still quite impressive to see. The cuckoo clock is 23-1/2 feet tall, 24 feet wide, and 13-1/2 feet deep.
The cuckoo clock in Sugarcreek, OH operates daily from 9 am to 9 pm during the spring, summer, and fall. It chimes on the hour and half hour. After the clock chimes, the door on the right opens and a polka band emerges to play a catchy little tune. The song lasts for several minutes before the band goes back inside the door on the left.
On the weekends, quite a crowd gathers to see the show at the clock, so you might want to get there 10 minutes or so beforehand to get a good spot to take pictures.
Giant Adirondack Chair in Sugarcreek
Just right up the road from the Sugarcreek Cuckoo Clock is the last of the three roadside attractions in Ohio Amish country that we visited on our trip – the giant Adirondack Chair at Troyer Furniture.
Standing over 12 feet tall, the Giant Adirondack Chair periodically receives a new paint job. In the past, it has been a solid color or painted to celebrate the Ohio State Buckeyes. Right now it is painted to pay homage to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Whatever the current paint job, the Giant Adirondack Chair is a fun place to stop and take pictures. In fact, Troyer Furniture encourages it and loves it when you post the pictures to their Facebook page. The kids all had a fun time climbing up in the chair and posing for pictures.
Want to visit? The Giant Adirondack Chair is located at 985 Main Street, Sugarcreek, OH 44681.
Other Roadside Attractions in Ohio Amish Country
We didn’t get a chance to see everything on our trip, but there are other fun landmarks and photo opps scattered throughout Amish country in both Holmes and Wayne counties. If you have more time in the area than we did, then you might want to check these out…
- The Towering Cow at Smith’s Dairy in Orrville, OH
- The World’s Largest Amish Buggy at the Wendell August Forge in Berlin, OH
- The Cheesemaking Mural at Heini’s Cheese Chalet in Millersburg, OH
- The Cross Section of a 513 year old tree at Keim Lumber in Millersburg, OH
- The Rocket Booster Memorial in Sugarcreek, OH
Other Ohio Oddities and Roadside Attractions
Want to learn more about other Ohio roadside attractions and must-see oddities that are a favorite with tourists? Then check out these great books…
Ohio Oddities: A Guide to the Curious Attractions of the Buckeye StateOhio Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat StuffOhio Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff
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