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Mesopotamia’s mural masterpiece

General store pays homage to 2 township business owners

Staff photo / R. Michael Semple Elliot Miller, 20, of Columbus, originally from Chardon, continues painting the large mural on the west wall of the Mesopotamia Post Office on Thursday afternoon. The post office is connected to the End of the Commons General Store. Elliot is the grandson of the late Eli D. Miller, who owned and operated Eli Miller’s Leather Shop in Mesopotamia. The mural depicts an 1850s farm scene.

MESOPOTAMIA — The End of the Commons General Store is paying tribute to two prominent township business owners with a 12-foot high, 35-foot long mural.

Eli D. Miller owned and operated Eli Miller’s Leather Shop and Country Store and Ken Schaden founded the End of the Commons.

Miller was a local Amish man that started his handcrafted leather store more than 40 years ago and was well known around the country for his leather work, such as belts and high-end horse saddles. He was well respected, both in the Amish and non-Amish communities, according to a news release from the End of the Commons.

The mural is being painted by Miller’s grandson, Elliot Miller, 20, of Columbus. The mural was expected to take five weeks to complete, and Elliot has been working on it for about three weeks.

The mural depicts the early days of Mesopotamia before Miller and Schaden started their businesses, as well as what the men have done to help build the small Amish town into the travel destination it is now, according to the news release.

Eli Miller died in late 2021.

The mural is being painted on the west wall of the township post office, which is connected to the general store. It will feature some of the historical locations throughout Mesopotamia over the past 100 years.

End of the Commons General Store is Ohio’s oldest general store and is located where Trumbull, Geauga and Ashtabula counties meet. It has been operating as a general store for more than 170 years.

Kenneth and Margaret Schaden purchased the store in 1982 and the family continues to run the business, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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