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“A unique experience. A step back in time.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Columbus Washboard

Columbus Washboard
Ranked #2 of 4 Tours in Logan
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Pinckney, Michigan
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3 reviews
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“A unique experience. A step back in time.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2011

A must see if you are in the area. Have a custom washboard made and watch it being done.

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Wheeling, West Virginia
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8 reviews
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“Interesting place with an interesting story”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2011

My wife and I were visiting Hocking Hills as a way to take it easy for a little while. We usually travel to the Carribean so doing the nature thing a few hours from home was an interesting change of pace. We stopped in Logan to grab a bite to eat on our way out of town and happened upon some literature for this place and were happy to find out it was a few blocks away and a tour was starting at two. Despite my wife's antipathy towards this, we soliered on and were absolutely delighted in what we found. We waited around in the little gift shop/museum for our tour to begin, paid our $4.00 per person and picked out our complimentary magnet. Our tour began and we were suprised that our tour guide James, a British ex-pat, was also an owner of the company. The tour itself was short and interesting. The company is the only manufacturer of washboards left in the US and all materials are made as locally as possible. Some of the machines they use were from the original factory and date back to 1907. After the tour, our newfound interest in American made washboards prompted us to purchase a washboard chalkboard. When the particular size and model were not available, james took us onto the factory floor and allowed us to watch while an employee made us one. They still charged us regular price plus our discount. They were extremely friendly and accommodating made abundantly clear when we realized that they stayed past closing to do this. Overall an awesome distraction from our nature overload.

Visited July 2011
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St. George, Utah
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“proud to be Made in America”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2011

Not many folks alive today can recall washing clothes on a washboard, HOWEVER....there is still a demand for them and unbelievably, there is still a factory making them today in the good ole US of A.
A group of dedicated owners saved the Columbus Washboard Factory by moving it from Columbus Ohio to an old factory in Logan Ohio, and today they have much of the original equipment and are using it...and using local hardwoods for frames...and I think they only buy American made glass and aluminum for the body of the boards....so it's truly an American treasure, hiding the the Hills of Ohio!
Have guided tours for a modest price ( If I recall it's $3.00) Reasonably priced items in their gift shop...interesting collections of antique washboards, washing machines. Also I think they host a music festival in June.
And I almost forgot, the world LARGEST WASHBOARD is hanging on the outside of the building!

Visited May 2011
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