Mount Vernon 2011 Trip Day

Saturday June 11




Travel 249 mile today



D. Picking Company

The D. Picking Company is the only hand hammered copper kettle manufacturer remaining in the United States. Founded in 1874, this is the last of the Old Copper Shops still making its original product - Apperbutter Kettles - primarily by hand. 

In this shop, the original patterns are in use and work is being done on the original tree stump work benches. Experienced coppersmiths are at work as the blacksmith shapes the handles at the old forge. The company produces applebutter kettles, candy and caramel corn kettles, and tympani. Its decorative line includes an assortment of flat bottom kettles, skillets, wastebaskets, coal hods and shovels, preserve kettles, ladles, skimmers and scoops.

The copper shop is still operating in the original building erected in 1873.  A bit of America at its finest. Phone the Bucyrus Tourism & Visitors' Bureau to arrange your visit to the D. Picking Company.


D. Picking Company
119 S., Walnut Street
Bucyrus, OH 44820

Phone Number(s)

Toll-Free: (866) 562-0720

E-mail Address(es)

General Information:

Special Hours: Tours by appointment only

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Caramel Kettles

19" x 151/2"
19" x 17"
20" x 16"
20" x 19"
23" x 151/2"
Preserve Kettles

Appr. 3 Gallons
Decorative Bowls

10" in Diameter
Candy Kettles

12" x 7"
14" x 8"
16" x 9"
18" x 10"
20" x 11"
22" x 12"
22" x 14"
24" x 13"
24" x 16"
30" x 18"
Wate Paper Baskets

Round or Oval
Tympani Shells

Available in all sizes & Styles
Apple Butter Kettles

3 Gallon
5 Gallon
8 Gallon
10 Gallon
15 Gallon
20 Gallon
30 Gallon
40 Gallon
50 Gallon
75 Gallon
Coal Hod

Comes with Shovel
Flat Bottom Kettles

1 Quart
2 Quart
4 Quart
6 Quart
8 Quart
10 Quart
3 Gallon
5 Gallon
8 Gallon
10 Gallon
15 Gallon
20 Gallon
Mini Cheese Kettles

10", 13" or 20"
Custom Copper Work

Call us with Specifications
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Cooper's Mill

Ever wondering how apple butter and jelly is made? Don't miss a visit to Coopers' Mill where you can get a first-hand look. You'll even watch as they make their delicious apple butter in copper kettles over a wood fire! 

Cooper's Mill's Country Store offers their products as well as a variety of deli items, fresh produce, candies, homemade fudge, gift items, baskets and seasonal garden plants. They are also the local outlet for Lincoln Highway keepsakes. Their gift baskets  are known and and shipped nationaly.


Cooper's Mill
1414 N. Sandusky Ave.
301 S. Sandusky Ave.
Bucyrus, OH 44820

Phone Number(s)

Toll-Free: (866) 562-0720

E-mail Address(es)

General Information:


Monday: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Special Hours: Factory tours must be scheduled in advance

We would like to welcome you to this photo tour or to stop by for an entertaining & educational tour through Coopers Cider Mill, Apple Butter, & Jelly Factory.

Apple Butter

Take time to go into our screened-in porch to watch the apple butter bubbling in open 50 gallon copper kettles over a wood fire.

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Jams & Jellies

You may observe, first hand, the delicious ripe fruits cooking into our irresistible products. We cook in small batches and use home-canning jars.

Bringing the jelly to a boil We begin filling jars.
The jars move down the line. We label the jars.

Our Jelly Factory is in operation usually 4 to 5 days a week, year round. Tours available 9:00 am to 11:30 am and 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm , Monday thru Friday. No charge for tours.

Cider Mill

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Beautifully built, this 1912 42-inch rack and cloth cider mill is a fascinating machine. This is one of the largest cider presses
in the state of Ohio and is capable of pressing 450 gallons per hour. The pump that runs the press is dated 1867. Our press is
no longer in operation.

Checkmate Boat Manufacturing

The Checkmate Boat Manufacturing Company is a great experience where you can tour the plant and actually see a Checkmate Speed Boat being molded. With a reputation for producing some of finest racing and leisure boats around, the boat's beautiful metallic finish really glistens in the water and on land.
While discovering the Bucyrus area, this attraction is a must see! Tours of the plant maybe arranged by contacting the Bucyrus Tourism and Visitors' Bureau.


Checkmate Boat Manufacturing
3691 St. Rt. 4

Bucyrus, Ohio 44820

Phone Number(s)

Toll-Free: (866) 562-0720

Special Hours: By appointment only


Additional Information





is about speed. It’s in our DNA. It’s been this way ever since 1963 when Bill Combs set out to build the finest, fastest, best performing racing boat at his factory in Bucyrus, Ohio. By his own admission, Bill was obsessed with racing. He originally began by modifying boats. He then realized that it made sense to build his own racing outboard – and Checkmate was born. With his high performing outboards in tow, Bill and his sons hit the racing circuit in the late 60’s - early 70’s. Almost overnight, Checkmate boats and racing became synonymous. Throughout the ensuing decades, Checkmate continued to dominate the racing circuits.

As the racing line developed, Checkmate entered a new category -- the performance boating market. Soon, Checkmate was renowned for being one of the premium performance boat manufacturers in the country. True to its roots, Checkmate continues today to build quality boats using time-tested methods and styling.

Checkmate’s legendary reputation for speed, incredible styling and finishes appealed most to Checkmate’s current President, Doug Smith. A former co-founder and president of BAJA marine, Smith decided to come take on a new challenge. He dusted off the cobwebs and rekindled the fires of his love for speed. In 2007, Doug Smith grabbed the opportunity to re-join the performance boating industry and came aboard at Checkmate. Leveraging Checkmate's top-notch quality and outstanding performance record, Doug inaugurated a new era in Checkmate’s history. True to his word, Doug Smith continues to uphold the classic styling, high standards and commitment to quality that’s always been part of the racing icon called Checkmate.