The Amish Way

The old barn before rebuilding.

An old Amish barn before rebuilding.

A lot of folks idolize the Amish, and envy their way of life — even wishing there was some way they could live like that. It is a good life, but one that requires long hours of hard work, with many less conveniences than the rest of us enjoy. It is possible for any of us to live very simply, but the Amish lifestyle is so intertwined with faith and community, that to truly live like them would almost require joining them or a similar group. The Amish are devoted to a lifetime of living by the Bible and the obeying the rules of the church. Living in community and helping each other is one of the prime factors of their culture — both a blessing and a deep commitment to the group. Continue reading

How To: Turn your daytrip into an Amish Country getaway

Think there's nowhere to stay in Amish Country? Think again! The Sojourner's Lodge is just one of your many choices. Nestled on 20 acres including a 3-acre lake, it's a beautiful 10-minute drive from Lehman's store in Kidron.

Think there’s nowhere to stay in Amish Country? Think again! The Sojourner’s Lodge is just one of your many choices. Nestled on 20 acres including a 3-acre lake, it’s a beautiful 10-minute drive from Lehman’s store in Kidron.

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Shonda Miller, Lehman’s Retail Marketing Specialist. Shonda is literally the eyes and ears of our store in Kidron, spearheading large and small events, booking entertainment (and live animal appearances), welcoming tour groups and handling all manner of advertising. Welcome to the blog, Shonda!

For years, the Customer Service Department at Lehman’s has been a sort of unofficial Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. In addition to myriad questions they field daily about products and purchases (How do I light my new oil lamp? Will the teepee I ordered arrive in time for my daughter’s birthday?), they also answer questions about local sights and attractions. After all, while we never set out to be a CVB by any means, Lehman’s is situated in the heart of Amish Country, and we have an insider’s take on this very unique area of Northeast Ohio. So, what can you expect from a trip to Lehman’s? Who visits our store in Kidron, Ohio? What else is there to do in the area? Continue reading

Happy Earth Day: 40,000 Trees (Give or Take)

jay and galen with trees

Jay and Galen Lehman stand with a tree on Jay’s property outside Kidron, Ohio. Nearly all the trees in the photo were planted by Jay.

Today is Earth Day. And yesterday, our founder, Jay Lehman turned 86 years young. It’s fitting that Jay’s birthday neighbors a holiday dedicated to caring for the earth. Because Jay has spent decades – literally – planting thousands of trees – literally – around our store in Kidron, Ohio,  our office and warehouse building, and his home. It’s a “hobby” he’s passed on to son Galen (Lehman’s President) and grandson Matthew as well. And what a legacy it is – read on…

Fun Facts about Jay, Galen and TREES:

As of Spring 2014 (last year) Jay and Galen estimated they had planted about 50,000 trees.

They plant nearly all hardwoods – a mix of walnut, oak, cherry and sugar maple. This should allow a sustainable harvest of quality hardwood over the next 100 years.

jay with tractor of trees

Those are baby hardwoods in the back of Jay’s tractor. Jay planted them around our office and warehouse building in 2008.

Galen says: “200 years ago, when the first settlers arrived here, the land was covered with hardwood trees. It is said that you could walk from one side of Ohio to the other without seeing the sky. … I suppose Dad and I are just trying to put things back the way we found them. Most of the trees back then were chestnuts. Some of the beams in the oldest parts of our store, reconstructed from barns and cabins dating to the early 1800’s, are made of chestnut. A few lonely chestnut trees still stand near our our Kidron store. Somehow, they survived the blight that nearly wiped out the American Chestnut back in the 1950’s.”

Read more about Jay, Galen and planting trees here:

Happy Earth Day!