Morning, cold, white, snow dunes cover the
parking lot where the wind picks up the
delicate water crystals to swoop them
lacily, blanket-like, across the surface and
elevates the white gauze up into funnels of
varying thicknesses, speeds, and heights, on a
frosty January, Friday morning
Let’s go the back way to the mall in Boardman, Ohio! Turn left out of the driveway—go north on Hwy 9—wind around pretty farms, large red or white barns, two to three story houses, snowy fields, the United School District—pass Hwy 172—stay on 9—oh, that’s Wenona Road to the right and it has a great meat store down a ways—oh, there’s Andy and Danielle’s farm there to the left, and there’s Cindy and Vernon’s place to the right in that yellow house, and Eugene and Rita live on the left in that gray house after you pass the “Leaving” Something sign—at the red light turn left on route 45—stay on 45, curving, curving—pass Junction 14, go and then turn right on 62/45/9, no wait turn left, no right, a short ways on a four-lane highway—go to the stop sign and turn left on 62 again to Canfield—turn right on 165 east at a stop light—drive thru Greenford—go through a four-way stop light—now we’re on east 165 and you pass through Beaver Township—turn left at the light on Hwy 164, or South Ave—turn left on Market Street, or Hwy North 7—oh, this is the wrong way to the mall—I’ll show you a better way on the way home—the GPS doesn’t know everything—
We enjoyed dining at and visiting the Spread Eagle Tavern & Inn located in Hanoverton, Ohio. It was built in 1837 and then restored in the mid-1900’s by the owner of a nearby tile company. Lincoln stayed here on his journey to Washington, D.C. Other notable people stayed here as well, along with three ghosts (they say). The food was magnificent, but I didn’t think to take photos of the meals for you. Here are some photos of the Tavern:
Below, a dining room where the kitchen used to be.
Below, a dining room where the horse stalls and loft used to be.
Below, an original Revolutionary flag.
Below, a view of the Inn. Three or four stories; you can stay here for several hundred dollars a night, and a ghost of a little girls plays on these stairs.
The roof tiles look like stone. This is part of an inner courtyard, in a light rain.
Below, all the ornate door frames throughout the building are different and each room is named, or dedicated after, special people (like the Dolly Madison, Lady Bird Johnson, Lincoln, and more. There are dining rooms all over the place, even down in the cellars!
This was a great experience, great food, great service, and needs to be visited at least once. Take the tour and hear the stories about its history from the manager.