St. Paris, Ohio: One Bathtub For Entire Hotel

Local museum displays dresses made of chicken feed sacks, and the one bathtub that served all the residents of the town's Cline Hotel.

Pony and Cart Museum

510 Washington St., St. Paris, OH
Pony and Cart Museum. Drive south on Washington St. almost to the end, past the Paris Court subdivision sign. The museum is on the right, a brown depot-looking building on a vast gravel lot. We went in the side door.
Sunday afternoons; some extended hours during Pony-and-Cart Festival. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Donations encouraged.
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One Bathtub for an Entire Hotel

We followed some low-key signs and arrived at this squat, depot-like building, and scared the volunteer half to death when we walked in the open door (It turned out the museum wasn't open). She was a good sport, however, and gave us a private tour of the interesting little tidbits of local history. Along with pony carts (and goat carts) of all shapes and sizes, there was memorabilia from the Class of '47 (15 students!), a neat 1916 film projector, depression-era dresses made of chicken feed sacks, and -- best of all -- the narrow metal bathtub that once served as the single bathing facility for the entire Cline Hotel. The museum also has a working player piano, which she was willing to let us try out.

[Kitsa, 08/09/2016]

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