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Mervin and Ruth Yoder started the Fields of Home business in 1995. Having lived on the property since 1976, the Yoder's believed their backyard would be a decent location to begin a bed and breakfast.
For the past seventeen years the couple, who have been married for nearly 41 years, have grown in business, in relationships and in faith.
Fields of Home Guest House originated on two acres with what is referred to as "The Lodge" being the only housing for their traveling visitors. That is until two additional cabins were built in 2001 and 2002 and the Yoders purchased another 20 acres for the property.
"We didn't really start out with the intention of growing this much," Ruth said. "It just wasn't something we intended to do. It's a God thing the business just fell into place."
"The Lodge" is equipped with five rooms: Hickory Room, Maple Room, Fontana Room, Wicker Room and the Violet Room. Each is unique in their atmosphere, set up and dcor; however, all five maintain the country feel that Ruth and Mervin strive for.
The individual cabins are known as Harvest Cabin and Arrowhead Cabin, each are equipped with a queen bed, sleeper sofa, two-person Jacuzzi, fully-equipped kitchen and gas log fireplace.
The Harvest Cabin also includes a loft, plus its own washer and dryer. Unlike "The Lodge" rooms, these cabins come without a continental breakfast.
Over the years Ruth has appreciated meeting so many different people who come to visit the area.
"We meet a lot of interesting people and we've gotten to know a lot of people," Ruth said. "Especially the groups from outside the country a lot of people come who have an interest in the area and the Amish. Some people just like to get to know the Amish."
Ruth and Mervin take the opportunity to communicate with their guests and answer any questions they may have. They believe that people come to the area not only to getaway and enjoy the country, but also to understand the community and build relationships.
"We strongly believe in the sovereignty of God and we urge people to see that world view," Mervin said. "We have the privilege to articulate that faith through the relationships we build and the people we meet. It is a ministry and you have to use the tools you're given."
Most importantly, Ruth and Mervin have built Fields of Home around the customers needs. They each work toward taking care of the customers' needs, which is why they make themselves available for the business as much as possible.
"It's about your commitment to people," Ruth said. "It's how you relate to your them that flavors the business."
Since Fields of Home began Ruth and Mervin have been particularly adamant about how they view themselves in the community and how they would like their community to see them as a business.
"I think our goal has been not to oversell ourselves," Ruth said. "We want people to come here and be pleasantly surprised."
For the future, Ruth and Mervin plan to remain dedicated. The couple sees themselves working and running the business until a new opportunity presents itself.
"We'll probably do this until the Lord gives us something else," Ruth said.
Fields of Home Guest House is located at 7278 CR 201, south of Fredericksburg. For more information call 330-674-7152 or visit www.fieldsofhome.com.