How many times have you traveled down a two-lane highway, passing through a small town, and come upon a place on the side of the road that looks so inviting? You stop, or maybe pass by saying, ‘I’ll stop next time.’
The Plain Folk Café in Pleasant Plain, Ohio, is one of those places. Giving rebirth to the two-room school house, built in 1913, the café serves up coffee, meals and music.
The walls, lined with album covers and musical venues, remind one of the former days when patrons wore tie-dyed shirts and drove VW vans. It’s a little bit of nostalgia, and a little bit modern with the free wifi. About half of those album covers are very familiar, for they reside at my home protecting the vinyl LPs inside.
After passing by so many times, thinking I will stop next time, today was the day I stopped. I’m glad I did. I’ll be back.
Blue sky with whiffs of feather-like clouds.
Church bells ringing from the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.
People milling about in the courtyard waiting for the doors to open and Sunday Mass to begin.
Parking attendants with hi-viz vests direct church-going families in their cars to empty parking spaces.
The crowd in the courtyard grows larger then moves inside.
The view from the hotel balcony is peaceful and solemn.
Are you one of those drivers who will pull over to read an historical marker along the highway? I am. And, that’s how I found the marker for Buckeye Station.
Buckeye Station was built in 1797, and is the oldest documented structure built in the Northwest Territory of Ohio. Built by General Nathaniel Massie, who founded the first town of Manchester, and a dozen or so more towns including Chillicothe, the first capital of the state of Ohio. Buckeye Station was so named because it was built with the timber from Buckeye trees. Massie was a surveyor and politician.
Buckeye Station sits on the top of the bluff over looking the Ohio River on private property.
It seems like a spot in the road that comes upon you swiftly. Blink, and you have passed President Ulysses S. Grant’s birthplace, Point Pleasant, Ohio, on the Ohio River.