Greasy Ridge: Nice road for drive; rich with history

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 26, 2004

WINDSOR TOWNSHIP - A lot of people probably remember hopping in the car with their parents for a drive to the country.

There was never a true destination, it was all about the drive. As a child, that driving can seem aimless, but for the adult with an adventurer's heart, a trip along Greasy Ridge Road can provide your wandering soul with a sense of purpose.

The hills of what is known as Greasy Ridge around this part of southeast Ohio provide an idyllic way to while away an afternoon.

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The drive can also be a bit unnerving, especially if you know a bit of local history, the hairpin curves and narrow gravel lanes leading off the road. It can get your adrenaline flowing and your imagination working overtime.

Danny Fulks, a local southern Ohio author, penned a book about Appalachian Ohio entitled "Tragedy on Greasy Ridge." The Jesse Stuart Foundation touts Fulk's knowledge of the area as unhampered.

"Fulks' heritage is his passport to the region's sometimes impregnable secrets…" said Christopher S. Duckworth, Timeline Editor.

The phrase, "rolling and verdant" hills seems aptly applied to Greasy Ridge. It is the country - and a beautiful country at that.

You may wonder who lives in the houses along the way. The well-maintained cottage with white vinyl siding contains a yard clearly tended with caring hands. A yellow bow to honor U.S. troops completes the all-American scene.

The grand farms dotted with running horses encircled by white fences are a common sight. If you bring the children, they will have many opportunities to exclaim, "Look at the horses! Look at the horses!"

A surprising oasis in the country for hungry or thirsty travelers is the R&R Grocery and Carryout. One could infer the name means "rest and relaxation," but it actually stands for Rigney and Reynolds. The Reynolds family are the current owners.

Donnie and Rhonda Reynolds not only provide groceries and refreshments to their customers, but they also provide a place for community members to come in for some actual rest and relaxation.

Business was brisk on Sunday afternoon, but the check-out line ran quickly and smoothly, thanks to a friendly cashier, Tina.

In the mornings and evenings, people like to come in, grab a seat on stools or feed bags and do what locals do best - talk.

Rhonda Reynolds said she has heard people say before they think the R&R means rest and relaxation.

"We like the scenery all the time. In the autumn, it is really spectacular," she said.

If the traveling bug bites, you do not have to drive far to leave behind suburbia. Just head to County Road 2 and enjoy the ride.