It’s that time again; fireworks and summer cookouts. The celebration of independence and greatness as a free people. Independence Day, or more commonly called the 4th of July. It seems like this time of year we’re always reliving and remembering our history to remind ourselves how great a nation we are. This is important, of course, because of the struggle that made it all possible. We can’t forget what our forefathers and foremothers did to get us where we are in the modern free world.
It’s this time of year, however, that gets us here at the Inn at Honey Run focused on the landscape around us and the fascinating community that surrounds us. It’s not just that people are patriotic and like to wave the stars and stripes here in Holmes County, because of course they do. What’s more profound to us, however, is that we’re a proud, often very traditional, community all year long.
The Amish are a standing testament to the roots of our culture and the beauty of maintaining a closeness with the land for simplicity and sacredness. But even outside of those cultural enclaves, the people of Northeast Ohio understand the rhythms of nature and how to cultivate and appreciate the land. That’s what baffles most of our visitors when they come out to this region. Everything is well-kept and beautiful, from the rolling crops to the neighborhood landscaping.
People in Holmes County, and I include myself and staff, have a deep abiding love, respect, and pride for our country and our roots. It’s what binds us together and serves to offer an escape for others from the urbanized areas. People need a place where they can go that feels untouched by all that concrete, a place that reminds them of the beauty of their world, their country, and their culture.
On this Independence Day, we salute the people of Holmes County and the beauty of the Ohio land. These rolling green hills, thick forests, and bubbling streams are what make America beautiful and have inspired a people to strive for centuries toward a better, more peaceful world.
Enjoy the night sky explosions and the family cookouts this season, and try to take in some of the landscape while you’re at it.