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Longaberger Homestead

Frazeysburg, OH, USA
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Longaberger Homestead
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cookiesbaking wrote a review Jun 2018
Overland Park, Kansas13 contributions3 helpful votes
We always stopped at the homestead every time we came to the basket party each summer. It was a wonderful place to shop.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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Past_Master_1992 wrote a review Sep 2017
Lebanon, Pennsylvania270 contributions52 helpful votes
Seems to be an upturn after years downward trend. Great weekend, they had quite a few "prototype" baskets released for sale. Many more products for sale than the last few years. Enjoyable weekend. One problem, second floor of the Homestead is not open to people with handicaps, elevators are not working, it is my understanding that have not worked for five or more weeks? I am surprised they can get away with this due to the Americans With Disabilities Act.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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ToneSavvy wrote a review Aug 2017
Massachusetts349 contributions26 helpful votes
On a cross country drive, I wanted to surprise my wife (a Longaberger collector for 25+ years) with a stop at the Homestead. As we pulled up, I was certain the place was shuttered and abandoned. Pot holes, general neglect and out buildings in disrepair. She wanted to press on and sure enough, we saw one car in a parking lot and stopped. The visitor center appeared abandoned, but was open. We found a lone soul who directed us to their retail shop and museum. You could clearly see this was once a grand showcase of a company's crown jewels. The buildings are huge, ornate stair cases and dozens of show rooms with vast amounts if product for sale of items crafted in the hey days of the early 2000's. All that's missing are people. We were the only folks in the place. It was sad and while my wife was greatful for the side trip, she was left wondering "What Happened?". It's a company trying to hold on to the glory days that must be way in the rearview mirror. The company website gives no indication the Homestead is but a shell of its past. Too bad, really.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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wallygrant2016 wrote a review Jul 2017
Overland Park, Kansas85 contributions20 helpful votes
We pulled into a parking lot that probably holds 500 cars and we were one of only 5 cars. It was surprising how few people were visiting and I would think somewhat embarrassing for the owners. Museum area had some interesting displays but most areas were just wares for sale You can make your own basket but they no longer do factory tours which I understand they use to. Lots of baskets for sale but even some on sale were still priced high.
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Date of experience: June 2017
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Barbara B wrote a review Jun 2017
Napa, United States54 contributions27 helpful votes
This was my first return visit to the once booming, very exciting Homestead in 15 years. I wasn't expecting grandeur, a busy parking lot or long lines for the bathrooms. But, I most certainly did not expect to see large pot holes in the parking lot, weeds sprouting up on all walkways and a welcome center with no one at the front desk. This initial impression is sad, sad, sad. Past the welcome center are the shops that sell all the favorite basket nick knacks that you once loved or may need. They do sell first quality baskets of all kinds (not just visitor's-only baskets) and many past baskets at a decent discount. Lots of pottery, too, but I think most was the China made pottery. Beautiful wooden items, including cutting boards and other kitchen items. The best deal was "Stuff as many basket liners into a bag for only $1!" You just need to know what baskets you need liners for. There were more employees than visitors on the day we visited and an employee told me that it's never busy, unless it's October (X-mas shopping) or they're having a special event. It's only a mere shell of what it used to be. I was saddened to show the Homestead to my family. We drove to Frazeyburg specifically to visit. There were no road signs or roadside indications that we were near the place. And ditto about all of the large baskets that are deteriorating. They really are a special part of the Homestead. If you don't remember it from "back in the day," go visit! You won't know what you're missing. If you remember it from the good ole days, just be prepared. I wish I had read reviews before visiting.
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Date of experience: June 2017
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