If you're not familiar with The Mohicans, it's a place unlike any other. Kevin Mooney, director of sales and marketing, explained that business at The Mohicans centers around destination weddings with brides coming from around the United States to get married amid the beautiful scenery and stay in one of four beautiful treehouses.
How did the treehouses at The Mohicans become so widely known? Two of those treehouses were designed by famed builder Pete Nelson, who is the star of the Discovery Channel's “Treehouse Masters” series.
“One was built before the show was produced, but one was built during the first year that Nelson started the show,” Mooney said.
The White Oak Treehouse was the first that Nelson designed for The Mohicans, followed by the Little Red Treehouse, which was featured on the show during the “Tree House Brew Haus” episode. From there The Mohicans grew in fame.
“We do weddings all year round,” Mooney said. “Believe it or not, we had a bride from Florida come up, and no one that came with her was from Ohio. She wanted a winter wedding, and she got 10 inches of snow two days before the wedding.”
Today there are four treehouses: the two designed by Nelson and two more that were built within the last two to three years. Each cabin features all the amenities one could wish for: plumbing, electricity and space for up to four guests, depending on which treehouse one chooses.
One of those treehouses, the Old Pine Treehouse, is constructed purely of reclaimed materials including century-old barn siding and hand-sawn beams. Each is set high in a treetop, giving guests a bird's eye view of the surrounding forest.
According to Mooney, the two newer treehouses feature a more rustic style and are considered by many to be even better than the originals. “These two treehouses that we built after Pete, I used hand-hewn beams, granite countertops. When you walk in and you see barn siding that was actually on a barn for 100 years, there is a different feel to these treehouses.”
In the future more treehouses may be added to The Mohicans. “I think if the demand is there, we will build more,” Mooney said. “We are currently getting ready to open up a fifth treehouse, and if the demand stays, I think we'll do more.”
This year bookings for the treehouses are already packed. The Mohicans was featured in the 2017 Ohio Travel Guide, and Mooney reports that he is seeing more bookings than ever before.
The treehouses at The Mohicans have become a top destination, not only among brides looking for new and unusual wedding venues, but also among locals in Holmes and surrounding counties. However, because bookings are packed, Mooney advises people to not just drop in and have a look around. Instead he recommends people get in touch with The Mohicans ahead of time.
If you'd rather not book a night in one of the treehouses, tours will soon be available. “I would say that starting the first week of June, we'll start giving tours,” Mooney said.
Information about upcoming tours will be available on Facebook and also at www.themohicans.net, which will be updated with scheduling information in the coming months.
Published: March 20, 2017