By Kevin Williams
How many of you enjoy exploring small towns? The off-the beaten path places that the highways don't take you? Frankfort, Ohio is a small town of about 1000 people between Columbus and Chillicothe, Ohio. About 100 Old Order Mennonites (16 families) live in the rural countryside outside of town. The Old Order Mennonites here travel by horse and buggy, so their range is limited. But Frankfort provides most of what the Mennonites need to thrive: bank, post office, hardware store, and some groceries. I love small towns, maybe not living in one, but at least passing through them. They often have a greasy diner that serves breakfast all-day, a dairy bar,and a lot of charm.
OKAY, TEN MEMORABLE LITTLE TOWNS
Okay, just seeing how many of you have heard of any of these. Don't ask me how I came up with this list. And NOTE I didn't say these were my "favorite" little towns, although some are. But if someone stuck a gun to my head and said "name 10 favorite some towns", this is probably the list I'd come up with. Some of them are on my list because they just exude grit, others, I have personal connections or sentimental memories of, and others are, indeed, favorites because of beauty. I started to write a brief description of each or why it made my list below, but I think the explanation above is sufficient. This is already a pretty self-indulgent post, I don't think everyone wants to hear every connection I have to the list below. So, again: personal, sentimental, beautiful, plucky, or gritty. Canadian small towns, by the way, are often so much more "bustling" and charming that similar-sized places in the US. Retail main streets haven't been decimated as much there as here.