Shop the World Famous Lehman’s
Down a winding, tree-lined country road in Kidron, in northeast Ohio’s Amish country, sits Lehman’s Hardware Store. Part store. Part museum. All adventure.
The intoxicating, earthy scent of smoked wood wrapped us in comfort and nostalgia as soon as my children and I entered.
What started as a business that supplied the Amish with what they needed to live an electricity-free lifestyle, now encompasses 45,000 square feet and has become a destination unto itself.
Our first stop was Lehman’s newly expanded Kitchen Wares section. An overwhelming amount of cooking, baking, preserving, and decorating supplies line shelves, walls and floors. Many display items are hands-on items, although I’m pretty sure we didn’t know the correct use of most. Like, for instance, I’m guessing the giant wooden spoons are for something other than dueling, which is what Shane and Ethan used them for.
In the expansive Vintage Toy room, toys are powered only by the imagination. I found several that were childhood favorites of mine. Remember Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls? How about a jack-in-the box that thrills and scares at the same time? Farm-inspired toys, trains, wooden play sets, wagons, puzzles and puppets all stand ready for their next big adventure.
We then headed to the Kitchen Appliance section where I immediately started redesigning my kitchen in my head. I now have an overwhelming desire for the cherry red appliances reminiscent of the 1950s.
I also loved the wood-burning oven, but since preheating my electric oven is a chronic issue, this might not be a good choice.
On and on the store continues. The book section rivals any stand-alone bookstore with all subjects of country living covered. Oil lamps, with all the necessary accessories, will bathe you in a warm glow on any “dark and stormy night.” Grills, locally made recycled outdoor furniture, all manner of gardening supplies, and camping and fishing gear encourage people to get out and enjoy nature.
Oh and wind chimes. There is a whole section of wind chimes hanging the perfect height for children to set off. You would think with ceilings about 28,000 feet high they would display them a little out of reach. But to my children’s delight, they were able to get all of them going at the same time. With Ethan on crutches, their getaway was impeded and I sheepishly grinned and mumbled my apologies as an employee patiently stopped the cadence.Don’t overlook the Cast Iron Café, serving lunch favorites such as soups, salads and sandwiches. Hand-dipped ice cream is a perfect snack-time treat. Enjoy old-fashioned soda pop or creamy, rich homemade fudge in an abundance of classic and seasonal flavors. Sit in the jail replica, which ironically is where we found ourselves after our wind-chime incident. Purely coincidental!?
Lehman’s Hardware Store is a must-see attraction and not an “afterthought.” Make plans to visit this treasure in Amish country soon. Bring your Christmas list – there truly is something for everyone!
Visit them at 4779 Kidron Rd, Dalton, OH 44618 or on the web at https://www.lehmans.com/