If you’re looking for oversized baskets, Ohio has you covered! The Buckey state is home to not one, not two, but three unique world’s largest basket attractions that the serious road-tripper won’t want to miss.
The Longaberger Company was once the premiere handmade basket company in the United States. Unfortunately, the once-bustling towns of Dresden and Frazeysburg are shadows of what they once were. The basket-shaped home office is deserted and the Longaberger Homestead that once welcomed thousands of visitors to their events now resembles a ghost town.
It seems that all remains of the Longaberger legacy are the baskets you’ll see below. And even those have seen better days.
The World’s Largest Basket
If you’re a Longaberger basket fan and you find yourself in Ohio, you really shouldn’t resist a stop at what is the World’s Largest Basket in Dresden.
This house-sized basket, which is prominently displayed on the corner of Main St. and W. 5th St., took 10 maple trees and 2,000 employee hours to complete in 1990. The basket which many call a picnic basket is actually modeled after Longaberger’s popular Market basket.
The dimensions of the basket measure 48 feet long, 11 feet wide, and 23 feet high.
The World’s Largest Basket Building
While this basket is pretty impressive, it shrinks when compared to the 7-story-tall building that once served as Longaberger’s headquarters in nearby Newark.
The large basket building is also a medium-sized Market Basket.
The 185,000 square foot basket sits on 21-acres along State Route 16 and is easily visible from the road. The building originally cost $30 million dollars to build and now sadly stands in disrepair.
I wasn’t content to drive by and not get a closer look. I photographed the building from the right and left and drove into the parking lot to get a better look.
I would love to have stepped inside the lobby when it was open to get a view of the glass atrium and hope whoever purchases the building (yes, it’s for sale folks) restores it and permits visitors.
The World’s Largest Apple Basket
The World’s Largest Apple Basket can be found at the Longaberger Homestead in Frazeysburg. You won’t find much at the Homestead these days. If you’re lucky, you may find a few lingering Longaberger collectors peddling their wares. I must warn you, this stop is a depressing glimpse of this former tourist attraction that lured collectors from around the world.
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