Living Hasseman House History 30 May 2013, 11:33 amWe were blessed this year to have a stop in from Mark Hasseman. Mark is from Colorado and is the son of Doyle Hasseman, one of the three children of William and Olgerita "Olgie" Hasseman. The other son's name was Thereon and their sister was Rhea. All three Hasseman children have passed on.
Mark was thrilled to take a slow reminiscing tour of the house and we could tell it sparked a lot of fond memories. He talked about the great times he had visiting his grandparents when he was young. He was so exited to see how the house has been restored and is serving guests from around the world with a wonderful stay in Amish Country.
The Hasseman House was built in 1900 by the French Serquet (Sirkay) brothers from France and was at that time the largest house in Holmes County. Both the Serquet's and the Hassemans, who bought the house in 1919, were dairy farmers on the 300 acres of lush land.
There is so much history in this house and it was great to meet a living part of it in Mark Hasseman.
If walls could talk..................................................
Sprechen Sie Deutsche? 21 Mar 2013, 5:31 am
Wonderful Guests Come to Pray at Hasseman House 28 Jan 2013, 7:20 am
We were super blessed last week to have a group of 4 couples stay with us for a few nights. They rented all four rooms and really blessed us.
They are a group of friends who about 3 years ago started meeting together weekly to pray for their church, which was at that time having problems. God intervened and moved in mighty ways to work in the situation, and through it they became close friends and decided to continue meeting regularly for prayer, praise and fellowship.
We are so glad to picked us to stay with for a prayer retreat. On the first night we heard a beautiful sound as they were in the parlor with a guitar singing hymns. We felt led to join them and were welcomed into the time of singing and prayer. It was very touching.
As you can see from the picture below, Joy & Faith really enjoyed the visit too. They spent some time playing games with the group and also Pam, one of the ladies, taught the girls how to sew a special project for them to keep :)
This was our first group of 2013 and we really felt that it was a great way to start the year! Looking forward to seeing them all again in the future!!
WWII Veteran With an Amazing Testimony! 6 Dec 2012, 7:09 am
and flew the famous Mustang P-51.
My (Jason) Grandfathers were in WWII: on my Father's side a tank commander and on my Mother
side 5th Army anti aircraft. Jenny's Grandfather was also a paratrooper. So, meeting Don was a real treat!
Car Breakdown - God's Faithfulness 13 Jul 2012, 11:15 amBack in May we went on our anniversary trip celebrating 15 years! Our girls had been picked up the day before by Grandma & Grandpa and we had just gotten on the highway and had been driving for about a half hour when I started to notice that the temperature gauge was fluctuating up and down very quickly. My first thought was, "Does it normally do this?" No! So I stopped the car along the highway and looked under the hood. There was radiator fluid spewing all over the engine with steam everywhere!!
Well, we don't have a cell phone because running a B&B means when you go away you want a break from the phone :) So, for about half and hour we tried signalling to cars (had the hood up and white rag hanging out the window) and no one stopped. Some waved but I think they all thought we had a cell phone.
I got a chair out for Jenny and thought to write a sign saying "No Phone" with a picture of a phone on it. We prayed it would work.
Right away a truck pulled off in front of us. It was far away but as I got closer I noticed the word on the back: FAITH. Wow, it turns out that Glenn and Reed were both Baptist preachers and Reed runs a mission in Jamaica called Faith mission. They offered us their phone and said they would not leave us until AAA arrived. While we were waiting I shared about my music and the wanted to see my dulcimer.
My dulcimer was given to me by a guest a few years ago, Rick Meyers, who lives in North Carolina. (See earlier blog). It turns out that Glenn and Reed, who are from South Carolina, live near the border and know Rick. Amazing!
Our AAA tower was kind and also a Christian. He called a mechanic, Jim Reed, in Cambridge, who was able to get us in immediately. It turns out he is a fellow believer and he shared how he had been booked solid for the week and would not have been able to get us in but someone cancelled right before the AAA guy called. Coincidence? I think not.
Within two hours we were fixed up and on our way.
We had a great trip and were reminded of God's faithfulness and His care over every detail of our life.
A week after we got back Jim Reed called and booked a night for his anniversary and stayed with us. Below is there picture.
Another story of God's faithfulness during a breakdown happened a few years ago. We were on our way to a Dr's appointment and had just passed Lehman's Hardware in Kidron. All of a sudden the car had no power and we were just able to get it into Lehman's drive.
We had the girls with us, so we knew we would need someone to be able to take Jenny and them home as AAA only will allow two people in the tow truck.
We prayed again and went into Lehman's. I asked to use the phone as the cashier's station.
While on the phone with AAA a couple walked in the door that I recognized.
It turns out they were the only guests staying with us over the past few nights. He came up to me and asked what was going on. They were about to head to Sugar Creek so they could take Jenny and the girls and drop them off on the way. Again, amazing! What were the odds of that happening?
They could have been anywhere in Amish country or even in Lehman's and not run into us. But at the exact time that I am on the phone with AAA they walk in the door.
These experience serve as a reminder of the faithful God Who has revealed Himself in the Bible through His Son Jesus Christ. He truly is concerned about all the little details of our lives. Jesus said that not even a single sparrow falls to the ground without God knowing it (Matt 10:29). These are comforting thoughts :)
International Guests Staying at Hasseman House 21 May 2012, 6:43 pm
People often ask us where most of our guests come from. The answer is that most do come from Ohio and neigboring states. Many looking for a vacation in a beautiful country setting such as Amish Coutnry, but who don't want to drive to far and spend a huge amount, end up staying with us.
But we do have guests from farther away. This past few weeks have been very international for us.
One night we had some walk-ins who were two Geologists. Giuseppe was from Rome, Italy and was an really good self taught pianist. After breakfast he played some Bach pieces very well for not being able to read music.
The other scientist was from Germany and his wife from Vietnam.
I enjoy using my limited German and speaking Deutsche with a real native.
This past week we had Cornelius and Dorothee stay with us (picture above). They were traveling in the States and are from Holland. I asked them if there really are a lot of tulips and they said there are and they are very impressive.
They had heard of Corrie Ten Boom, a true follower of Christ, who was from Amsterdam and who helped many Jews escape from the holocaust. Her autobiography, The Hiding Place, is a great book and was also made into a movie. The Boom house in which many Jews were hidden is not far from where Cornelius and Dorothee live.
Having international guests is one of the blessings of running a bed and breakfast. We meet so many people from so many walks of life and from so many places in the world!
Bluegrass at the Hasseman House!! 18 Nov 2011, 7:52 am
We were really blessed last week to have the Burkholder brothers stay with us here at the Hasseman House. I had met them and their wives this past summer while playing piano at the Amish Door Restaurant (I play every Saturday from 4-7 p.m.).
Because of our common interest in music they decided to stay a few days with us and bring their guitars. On the second night we had a bluegrass session in the parlor. We sing a lot of our favorite hymns and standards. Then, Wayne Miller, from the local music group, Holmes county Bluegrass, showed up with his wife. He was invited by the Burkholder's who are some of his biggest fans :) We had a great time and played a lot of fun music together. Having opportunities like this is just one of the many blessings of running the Hasseman House B&B.
It's hard to believe its nearing the end of November and that Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. May this be a time for all of us to give thanks to the Lord for all He is and the great gift of His Son, Jesus Christ!
First Fish Caught at Hasseman House Pond! 10 Oct 2011, 7:58 am
Wow, do bluegill grow fast! We just had our new pond stocked a few months ago, so I had not planned on doing any fishing until next year. Well, last night a couple came, Judy & Charles. Judy had seen on our website that we have a new pond, so she came prepared. Fishing pole and gear, along with meal worms for bait :) So we went out and within minutes she caught the first fish to be caught in our pond. Above is a picture of her bluegill. So, it's official, we now have fishing available to our guests here at the Hasseman House. Of course we threw back the fish and we will have a catch and release policy so that we do not over-fish the pond.
I decided to get into the action and grabbed my pole. I was catching small large-mouth bass right away on my Rooster Tail spinner!
We had a great time and even Joy & Faith got their poles out and caught some. Judy plans on fishing again during her three night stay with us.
We are also so excited about all that has been going on at the Hasseman House Property. This year an active Amish Farm, Wholesome Valley Farms, started up. It has been great having fresh chemical free produce available right next door. They also sell a whole line of natural foods, like Maple Syrup, local honey, and fresh ground grains. Many of our guests stop in and have really been impressed!
Last week they had the first Family Fun day which was a big success. Local vendors were making goat soap, baskets, apple butter, and other fun items. The all natural fresh potato chips cooked on the spot in a fire heated kettle were awesome. The stew and chili, also cooked on an open fire were also extremely tasty. The children also enjoyed pony rides and a jump house. We are looking forward to next year's Family Fun Day.
October is in full swing here and we are keeping busy. The leaves are turning and the weather this past week has been beautiful.
We are so thankful to God, who gives such blessings!
New Guests and New Friends - Plus Goats:) 7 Jul 2011, 6:48 am
Joy chasing the goats
Our pond has filled up the the brim and we are enjoying the new aspect it gives to the Hasseman House property. I really enjoy flying my RC Super Cub on floats and landing/taking off on it. Many of our Guests receive an RC show in the evening when I'm out flying.
A picture of "Mary" flying - taken by Moshe
Last month we were super blessed with a couple who came as walk-ins. Moshe & Rivka Katvan are Israeli Sabras who live in New York and work as professional photographers. We really hit if off with them and when they left they were now new friends. This past week our local Bargain Hunter News Paper came out with an article on them and the shots they took of Amish Country while staying with us. Here is a link to the article: http://www.holmesbargainhunter.com/article/20110630/FEATURES/706309977/-1/hbh
This was another reminder of how much we are blessed to do what we do as Innkeepers. We meet so many interesting people and have formed so many friendships through our work here at the Hasseman House B&B. We truly see what we do as a ministry of hospitality and are reminded of the Lord's admonition in Hebrews 13: 2, " Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it." We really never know just who might walk in the door when we greet our guests.