Welcome to Wayne County: The Gateway to Amish Country
The rural charm of Wayne County's rolling hills, lush woods, and scenic farmland is only the beginning of the offerings available to visitors and residents. An abundance of cultural activities and events make Wayne County a great destination any time of the year. From the Ohio Light Opera's nationally recognized theater in the summer to the Wayne Center Ballet Company's Nutcracker in the winter, there is something to satisfy every taste year round. Known as the "Gateway to Amish Country," Wayne and the surrounding counties are home to the world's largest Amish population. Famous for their beautiful quilts and high-quality craftsmanship, the Amish people are also known for their peaceful ways and timeless lifestyle. A large number of restaurants, shops and stores feature authentic Amish products, from food to furniture. Numerous world-renowned companies call Wayne County home including The J.M. Smucker Company, Wooster Brush Company, and The Cat's Meow Village, creators of the popular two-dimensional wooden collectibles. Shop at one-of-a-kind retail stores such as Lehman's Hardware, P. Graham Dunn Gallery, Simply Smuckers, Everything Rubbermaid, and The Cat's Meow MarketPlace. Wayne County provides a wealth of educational opportunities as well, from 10 local historical societies rich with local history, to major colleges including The College of Wooster, University of Akron Wayne College, and The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI), and Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). The Secrest Arboretum on the OARDC campus offers Ohio's largest collection of old-world roses, and a spectacular rhododendron display garden. Whether you are looking for a peaceful get-a-way to a cozy bed & breakfast, a shopping experience in a wide variety of stores, or an entertaining cultural event, you can find just what you're looking for in Wayne County. Take a few minutes to browse through this site to discover all that the area has to offer-then enjoy the beauty of the countryside as you explore the heartland of Ohio.