Skip to Main Content

Nomads cross the vast cheese desert.

History of Cheesemaking Mural

Field review by the editors.

Millersburg, Ohio

Heine's Cheese Chalet is a required stop on any cheese country tour so you can see this indoor marvel, sixty feet long, painted by hand. It provides a unique perspective on the rise of Civilization. Come with us, to a time before there was cheese....

The mural begins on the left with a huge wedge of Swiss -- before there was a Switzerland -- crossed by nomads on camels. The mural charts evolving cheesemaking processes, consumption, and its impact to the present day, circa 1980. "Mutiny on the Bounty was partly over cheese," explains the accompanying text, also painted by hand. The illustration style is reminiscent of a child's guide to the Bible; though an elfish, round-faced boy with a half-eaten cheese morsel makes an appearance.

Happy cheese boy.

The mural concludes with a tiny billboard promoting the world's largest wheel of cheese, a ten-ton cheddar that was here until someone accidentally kicked the plug out of its refrigerated kiosk in the 1990s.

The entire mural was painted by local artist Tom Miller. "His work," according to Heine's promotional literature, "is now considered to be of collectible worth with increasing value."

Also here at Heine's Cheese Chalet is a 100-foot-long "viewing corridor" where you can (occasionally) watch cheesemaking in action behind glass. There are lots of Amish men with beard nets, stirring curds.

View of the cheese vats.

History of Cheesemaking Mural

Heine's Cheese Chalet

6005 CR 77, Millersburg, OH
At Heine's Cheese Chalet on CR 77, just north of its intersection with US 62, about a mile northeast of Berlin.
No cheesemaking on Mondays. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
Save to My Sights

Nearby Offbeat Places

Cross Section of 513-Year-Old TreeCross Section of 513-Year-Old Tree, Millersburg, OH - 5 mi.
Big PeachBig Peach, Millersburg, OH - 3 mi.
Storage Tank LocomotiveStorage Tank Locomotive, New Bedford, OH - 9 mi.
In the region:
Age of Steam Roundhouse, Sugarcreek, OH - 9 mi.

More Quirky Attractions in Ohio

Stories, reports and tips on tourist attractions and odd sights in Ohio.

Explore Thousands of Unique Roadside Landmarks!

Strange and amusing destinations in the US and Canada are our specialty. Start here.
Use's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Create Your Own Bizarre Road Trips! ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

Ohio Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Great American Alligator Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana (May 13-19, 2024)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings