The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Covered bridge series

May 16, 2009

Olin Bridge county’s only extant covered bridge with family name

Olin family members take special pride in bridge, honor ancestor with covered bridge museum

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Grandbouche says they also have discovered that answering machines simply refuse to work in the museum. They’ve purchased two new ones and, despite testing them at home, were unable to get the devices to record a message at the museum. Grandbouche says her mother is “scared to death of this place” but the spirits seem to obey Grandbouche’s commands to stop their activity.

Visitors are likely to be too absorbed in the educational displays, photographs and memorabilia to notice the presence of any spirits, however. Bottorf says the museum is evolving from originally being a place to display his mother’s collection to one that helps visitors understand the craft of covered bridge construction and the bridges’ role in the development of America.

The museum is open 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, June 1 through Oct. 31. It is also open by appointment. Call 998-0025 for information. A $2 per person donation is suggested.

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