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Preferences. Red, White, Or Blue.


Red, white, and blue trucks.
Red truck with red trim and the blue truck with the blue trim house.

Color preferences in small town America. Red, white, or blue.

This scene caught my eye when I noticed the trim of the houses matched the pickup trucks out front. It was taken in Murray City, Ohio, a nice little town with a great American Legion that’s well worth a visit.

The Wesley Chapel Church. Built In 1848.

The Wesley Chapel Church is located in the Hocking Hills area of Ohio. Some may find it sad that this old church is falling apart. I found it interesting.

There are many churches still standing built in the same time period all around Ohio. They are giant churches made with stone and brick masonry and they probably will be there for 100’s of more years.

Wesley Chapel Church in the Hocking Hills
Wesley Chapel Church in the Hocking Hills.

This church is just a clapboard building that poor homesteaders put together in the rugged Hocking Hills. With this construction in mind, it’s a wonder that it’s still standing today.

The pioneers that attended this church were a different breed and this church was likely one of the most cherished places in the area.

The interior shows the serious signs of impending doom. You cannot tell in the photo, but there is a giant bow in the middle of the floor. The cross has been vandalized with paint and windows are broken out. The long altar makes you wonder how many prayers were prayed and what they were praying for so many years ago.

Interior of Wesley Chapel Church in The Hocking Hills.
Interior of Wesley Chapel Church In The Hocking Hills.

Most who attended this church have either passed or moved on to much more modern amenities. Most of the property in the area is for recreation with campgrounds and rental cabins surrounding the area. I don’t feel much sadness for it’s decay, but I’m happy I was able to see it.

Ash Cave In Hocking Hills With Ice

Ash Cave is the easiest part of Hocking Hills State Park to hike to. It’s so easy that wheelchairs can get back to see it.

The 700 foot span of open sandstone recess is one of the most impressive natural wonders in Ohio. Add in some snow and ice and it’s even more beautiful.

There is a more rugged upper trail, but without spikes for ice on your shoes, it’s not wise to attempt in the winter.

Trail To Ash Cave at The Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio.
Icy creek along the trail to Ash Cave.
Ice at the bottom of the waterfall at Ash Cave in Ohio.
A waterfall forms a collection of ice at Ash Cave in Hocking Hills State Park.
Ash Cave At Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio.
Wide view of the 700 foot Ash Cave at Hocking Hills State Park.