My daughter, granddaughter and I visited the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center last month on a trip to "Amish Country" in eastern Ohio. We wanted to understand better what "Amish" and "Mennonite" is all about, and the Heritage Center fulfilled that wish beautifully!
The highlight of the day was the Behalt mural - a 265-foot historical "cyclorama" that illustrates the story of the Anabaptists (Amish, Mennonites & Hutterites). Heinz Gaugel, the artist, beautifully tells the history of the various Anabaptist groups (more information here: http://www.behalt.com/gaugel.html), and our tour guide was fantastic in explaining the entire mural. Even my 5-year-old granddaughter was entranced with the stories.
Following the mural experience, our tour guide took us to a refurbished one-room Mennonite schoolhouse, and an Amish-built barn that housed a genuine Conastoga wagon as well as an authentic modern-day Amish buggy. My granddaughter was thrilled to be able to sit in the buggy and have her picture taken.
The gift shop had a lot of lovely gifts, books, foods and more information.
We highly recommend visiting the Heritage Center FIRST when you go visit Ohio's Amish Country. You'll be glad you did!