Back in February, as Ruth was starting to become familiar with terms like “lake effect,” “walleye” and “ridge roads,” we came up with the idea of a field guide to our county, the largest in Ohio.
Having created an economic-development piece along those lines two years earlier, I began to think about the viability of a guide for the first-time visitor, new resident or any person interested in learning about the history, culture and natural resources of the area. Ruth suggested I tackle the project, and on Sept. 28, she and I released our first book as a joint project, “Ashtabula County: A field guide to the natural, historical and curious treasures of Ohio’s largest county.”
The book is available from Amazon.com and, after Oct. 15, will be offered on this site, as well. A Kindle version, without the index, is offered, as well.
When I began the project, I expected to end up with a book of 120 or pages, but the list kept growing, and we ended up with more than 250 entries. The categories are natural areas, monuments, structures, historical places, curiosities and ghost towns. We tried to stay away from commercial enterprises because we want people to be able to enjoy our area regardless of their financial state. And even with 250 entries, there were still many that we had to omit due to space considerations and needing to strike a balance between cost and being comprehensive.
A one-day free download of the Kindle version will be offered on Friday, Oct. 5. And we hope to have copies available in time for the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival, Oct. 13 &14. We’ll be at the Graham Road Covered Bridge and be selling books to benefit Habitat for Humanity.