The beginning to an amazing story...
In 1990, together, Kenny and Dixie Gottfried retired from a life of farming and began transforming overgrown acreage to the seven-acre beautifully-landscaped area that exists today.
In 1995, the Gottfried’s contracted with a Holmes County Amish family to build the White Cedar log home. That fall the couple moved from their existing home to their new log cabin. Over the years, together they developed additional flower beds within the lake area even as Dixie’s health deteriorated. Although she left us in 2005, her home and the surrounding area that she enjoyed so much was dedicated as a Memorial Park for others to continue to enjoy.
After Kenny met and married his new wife Alberta, they wanted to share the beauty and serenity of the Dixie Gottfried Memorial Park with others. They created brochures and spread them at retirement homes, visitor centers, campgrounds and rest stops in Wyandot and Crawford Counties. That summer the park had 12 groups out to the gardens plus countless other individuals.
In the next five years, the park had a steady stream of groups coming to see the flowers, the fish, the beauty of the area and to sit on the front porch and watch the birds. In 2012 Kenny decided it would be the last year. It was a tough decision to make as they enjoyed people coming out to the park. However, quite a few young couples requested to hold their wedding ceremonies at the park and they gladly obliged paving the way for Everhart Gathering Place.
BILL & ARABEL EVERHART