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Century Inn 200th Anniversary Celebration

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The Middlefield Historical Society (MHS) held a ribbon-cutting and tree dedication ceremony on July 14 in front of the Century Inn as part of their special celebration of the building’s 200th year. (l-r) Bill Blue, Middlefield Village council; Diana Cathan, MHS secretary; Sue Sullivan, MHS president; Kathie Jackson, MHS board member; Ben Garlich, Middlefield mayor, MHS member; Gilberta Town, MHS charter member, past treasurer and past secretary; Rick Seyer, MHS charter member and past president; Rachael Hartman (in back), MHS board member; Carl Hornung, Middlefield Village council, MHS member; Don Hunter, (seated) MHS vice president.

The Middlefield Historical Society (MHS) held a ribbon-cutting and tree dedication ceremony on July 14 in front of the Century Inn as part of their special celebration of the building’s 200th year. A day-long celebration offered guided-history tours of the building, located at 14979 S. State Ave. (Route 608) in Middlefield (44062).

The B & O Railroad Depot, now an ice cream shop, was opened 10 a.m. with extended hours and a contest to name the newest ice cream flavor. Winner to be announced. Stop in from 2 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and Sundays from 3 to 7 p.m. until Aug. 31 to get your taste of this new flavor in an authentic old-fashioned 1920s-era soda fountain. The red caboose adjacent to the depot is also authentic and formerly travelled the local tracks as part of the Baltimore & Ohio trains.

A genealogy station, Amish history and family heirlooms were on display during the celebration. MHS T-shirts with their new design, food and beverages, coffee and donuts,
an Amish bake sale, and foods from vendors were offered. Kids rode the barrel train and they colored a page featuring the Century Inn with a voucher for a free Little Tots ice cream cone.  

Among other upcoming events, Century Inn will host the 2018 Festival of Trees on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 30, Dec., 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9. To purchase a brick in the new memorial walkway or learn about MHS and its upcoming events, call Diana, 440-632-0400.

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