Fall is in full bloom. The days may be getting shorter and the nights colder, but - for those willing to weather the crisp autumn air - a colorful display of fall foliage awaits. From winding country roads to rolling fields to deep woods, rural Trumbull County offers great spots to take in nature's annual show. On Saturday, area motorists were treated to a tour of several such places in Mesopotamia.
MESOPOTAMIA - Motorists hit the rural roads of northwest Trumbull County Saturday to view the fall coloring, which is near its peak. And there still is time to view nature's fresh coat of autumn coloring as northern Ohio is boasting ideal conditions.
Tribune Chronicle photos / R. Michael Semple
A farmer works a field along Parkman Mesopotamia Road in Mesopotamia this week.
Saturday's 2012 Trumbull County Farm Foliage Tour in Mespo featured seven suggested stops for the drive-it-yourself tour with an agriculture and rural-way-of-life twist:
A tractor-drawn hayride from Mespo Elementary School on Kinsman Road (state Route 87) shuttled passengers to Miller's Furniture, 8847 N. Girdle Road, where hardwood and custom-built furniture is available. The next stop is Mesopotamia Historical Museum and Meeting House on The Commons, where lunch is available along with a display of historical household items dating back to the 1800s and articles from a typical Amish home.
Ridgeview Farm and Country Market on state Route 87 sits on the Trumbull Geauga County line and features seasonal fruits and vegetables and a wooded hayride with a six-acre corn maze for paying customers.
Another stop on state Route 534 around The Commons was the Mesopotamia United Methodist Church, where a congregation has worshipped for more than 200 years.
Tours were available at Kuhn's Manufacturing, just east of the center of town, where innovative equipment like accumulators and grabbers for handling small, square bales of hay are designed and manufactured.
Across the street from the 14-foot high, 32-foot long world's largest Amish horse and buggy is the End of the Commons General Store, which has been in continuous operation since 1840. Besides viewing antiques, visitors can find more than 1,000 bulk food items, old-time soda pop, old-fashioned candies, homemade fudge and hand-dipped ice cream.