A drive through the town will reveal the area’s fruitful land. Or leave the car for a while and opt for a horse-and-buggy.
Mesopotamia is home to a portion of the Middlefield community, the second-largest Amish community in Ohio and the fourth-largest in the nation.
The historic district — also known as the Commons — features 21 buildings built before the Civil War that are all included on the National Register of Historic Places.
One of the 21, End of the Commons General Store, is run by the Schaden family. Inside the oldest general store in Ohio, you'll find the Amish stocking up on supplies for their families, and gifts for friends and family such as kitchenware, snacks and cookbooks.
Every summer, the annual Ox Roast and Antique and Flea Market, where 4,500 pounds of beef are served over a weekend, features dealers selling all types of wares and live music.
The Commons also hosts an annual Fall Heritage Day exhibiting craftsmanship and homemade food. There’s even a quilt raffle.
For an extended stay, book a room at the Old Stone House Bed and Breakfast, which lets guests experience authentic Amish life. Originally owned by Revolutionary War captain Hezekiah Holcombe, the hand-chiseled, color-matched stones of the house are a testament to the hard work and care of this community.
Meet the Amish and even dine as a guest in one of their homes after seeing the countryside from a buggy tour.
Before heading out, take a little of Mesopotamia with you. Places such as Millers Furniture, Creekside Lawn Furniture, and Hershberger’s Housewares specialize in the much-lauded home goods and gifts to buy from the Amish community.
The End of the Commons General Store is one of the oldest general stores in Ohio, and has been in continuous operation since 1840. Located in the heart of Amish Country and serves the local Amish community as well as visitors. Features grocery items, bulk foods, a gift shop with Amish collectibles and the Commons Cafe (on-site eatery).
Built in 1825, historic sandstone farmhouse. Near 28 wineries, 10 state parks, lakes and many outdoor activities. Short/long-term accommodations available. Full house rental for reunions, wedding parties, and family gatherings. Family and horse-friendly. No pets permitted. Major credit cards accepted.
Educational year-round working farm in the heart of Amish Country features a market, seasonal produce, events, and hayrides. Agricultural and Amish cultural tours, groups of 20 or more can arrange for a customized farm tour (April-October). Visit the website for an Amish driving tour map and list of farm events.
Located inside the End of the Commons General Store, this small cafe offers seating for up to 25 and serves up plenty of favorites including hamburgers, french fries, chicken, pizza, hot and cold sandwiches, many other deli items, ice cream, and homemade fudge treats.
The center of town, better known as the "Commons", is surrounded by 28 buildings, 21 of built before the Civil War and are included on the National Register of Historic Places. Today it is part of the fourth-largest Amish Settlement in the country and second-largest in Ohio.