An abundance of cultural activities and events make Wayne County a great destination any time of the year. From the Ohio Light Opera’s nationally recognized theater in the summer to the Wayne Center Ballet Company’s Nutcracker in the winter, there is something to satisfy every taste year round.
Known as the “Gateway to Amish Country,” Wayne and the surrounding counties are home to the world’s largest Amish population. Famous for their beautiful quilts and high-quality craftsmanship, the Amish people are also known for their peaceful ways and timeless lifestyle. A large number of restaurants, shops and stores feature authentic Amish products, from food to furniture. Numerous world-renowned companies call Wayne County home including The J.M. Smucker Company, Wooster Brush Company, and The Cat’s Meow Village, creators of the popular two-dimensional wooden collectibles. Shop at one-of-a-kind retail stores such as Lehman’s Hardware, P. Graham Dunn Gallery, Simply Smuckers, and Everything Rubbermaid.
Wayne County provides a wealth of educational opportunities as well, from 10 local historical societies rich with local history, to major colleges including The College of Wooster, University of Akron Wayne College, and The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI), and Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). The Secrest Arboretum on the OARDC campus offers Ohio’s largest collection of old-world roses, and a spectacular rhododendron display garden.