Today, more than 2.5 million people use the Towpath Trail every year. It runs over 85 miles from Tuscarawas county to Lake Erie.
Our family is planning to turn the little barn into a Peace Treaty Towpath Trail Snack Shack in 2017. On April 24, 2017, the IRS Federal Employer Identification Number EIN number 82-1286139 was assigned to Joe Rinehart DBA Towpath Trail Snack Shack. A Tuscarawas county, Ohio vendor's license from the Auditor's office is required before we may sell granola to the bikers, canoeist, fishermen, & hikers crossing the nearby Stark-Tuscarawas county line.
We intend to offer Amish goods, jerky, prepackaged trail-mix, granola & related healthy locally produced products, ice cream, cold bottled water, tee-shirts, photographs, post cards and such to the bikers and hikers enjoying the trail.
In May 2016, my family donated a 12' legal easement of our property frontage to allow Towpath Trail development to close the last remaining gap in the trail between Scenic Byway route 800 in Dover, Ohio to the shore of Lake Erie in Cleveland. In Sept 2016 the village of Bolivar, Ohio and the Bolivar Mainstreet Association Towpath Trail Committee developed the trail from downtown Bolivar to about 20 feet from my property line. In 2017-18, the towpath trail will be developed across my property to the 12' 6" low Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad bridge on Scenic Byway Route 212 to the McDonnell Bolivar aqueduct trailhead.
Our property is the also the location of an historical intersection of the Greenville Treaty Line, the Ohio-Erie canal, Towpath Trail, Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad, Scenic Byway Route 212 section, Western Union telegraph lines (several poles still standing) and the Ohio Buckeye Trail.
The Greenville Peace Treaty was the first peace treaty authorized by George Washington and the US Congress.