Rural Ohio Surprises

We continued our travels in Ohio near the small town of Jefferson. We stayed four nights in one of the nicest Thousand Trails Parks we’ve ever been to, Kenisee Lake Resort.

While in Jefferson we met up with Titan brake mobile installers John and John (and Courtney).

When our truck brakes were replaced in Boise, we were told that they had virtually disintegrated due to overuse.    Randy began to research installing better braking support on the trailer itself and had pre-arranged installation of hydraulic over electric brakes.

Randy took the opportunity to clean the wheels and Elko supervised it all.

The end of the brake project was delayed overnight when the old studs and new studs were different sizes.  Randy combed northeast Ohio for the specialized lug nuts and found just what he needed.   The installation was complete and, after a test drive with John,  all seems well.  Randy says he can really feel the difference using the new trailer brakes.

We also did some exploring in the area.  We took a short drive and saw the shortest covered bridge in the United States.   The West Liberty Covered bridge is only 18 feet long.

Another short drive took us to the longest covered bridge in the United States.   The Smolen-Gulf Bridge is 613 feet long.   Both of these bridges are in Ashtabula County, Ohio.  There are 16 more covered bridges in the county  but we didn’t take that on as an exploration mission.


We were finally able to get close enough to a great lake to take a picture!   Elko wasn’t allowed in the lake side park so we snapped the picture and left. Although we traveled along a “scenic byway,” there were usually houses and estates between us and Lake Erie.  We expected scenic overlooks allowing us to stop and enjoy the view but there were none.    We really feel the difference in access to coastal areas compared to what we are used to in the west.

We found another difference from east to west right in the campground!  Our very nice neighbors were sending sky lanterns aloft with an active flame. We went right over to investigate!  Supposedly the flame raises the lantern and extinguishes itself before falling to earth somewhere along the wind pattern. (So it isn’t really a fire hazard – it’s just littering.)  We told them you could never do that in the west!!


I went to a very small Farmer’s Market in Jefferson. The man in the foreground noticed my Boise State bag and told me his daughter attended Boise State while stationed at Mountain Home. Its a small, small world!


Because I was in Jefferson and it was in Jefferson, I went to the Victorian Perambulator Museum and Art Gallery. I knew I would be seeing a collection of baby carriages and assumed I would buzz through and it would be slightly interesting.   Wow, was I ever wrong. Given that I have very little interest in baby carriages, miniatures and Victorian art in general, I was still amazed at the things I saw.

Twin sisters have collected over 250 handmade, artistic baby carriages over the last 42 years.  They give personal tours showing and explaining their vast collection. They do not allow personal photos so these are from their website.


One of their prized acquisitions is this carriage that Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret rode in as children. Later, it was used in a scene at the Munchkin Village in The Wizard of Oz.  Passing through several owners, including the Ringling Brothers, the carriage now resides in the Perambulator Museum in rural Jefferson, Ohio.


I had to look twice at the Christmas tree hanging upside down!  This tradition has its roots way back in time.   St. Bonafice journeyed from England to Germany in the 7th century to preach the message of God and used triangular trees to represent the Holy Trinity. The triangle pointed down to show God coming to earth. By the 12th century it was custom to hang Christmas trees upside down as a symbol of Christianity.   Ornaments hang nicely this way!

The Perambulator Museum is one of those places you could visit 20 times and not see everything.   If this is up your alley, check their website before you come to Jefferson, Ohio.   They are hoping to move to a larger facility in a larger city so more people will be able to see their collection.
IMG_1783The next day I went to the post office in Rock Creek, Ohio to mail a postcard to our grandson and saw this Cobra Attack Helicopter tucked in behind the building. Research indicated this is a memorial for Veterans of Foreign War Post 4953.

As always, wherever we go we find things that are unique and interesting! Next stop is Niagara Falls – I think we know what will be interesting there!


About Serene

Former full time RVers, transitioned to homeowners and travelers. We've still got a map to finish! Home is the Phoenix area desert and a small cabin in the White Mountains of Arizona.
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2 Responses to Rural Ohio Surprises

  1. Mark McClelland says:

    That business of sending flaming lanterns off into the night sky seems insane. I know that it looks cool, but ???

    With new tires and now new brakes, that trailer ought to be ready to go anywhere!

    • Serene says:

      We were stunned that anyone would think it was a good idea. He was a very nice man entertaining his grandchildren. No one else around seemed concerned.

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