I have a confession. I love baskets. More specifically, I love Longaberger baskets. I have several boxes full of them that I should take out of storage and display. And if you’re a Longaberger basket fan and you find yourself in Ohio, you really can’t resist a stop at what was the World’s Largest Basket in Dresden.
This house-sized basket, which is prominently displayed on the corner of Main St. and W. 5th St., took 10 maple trees and 2,000 employee hours to complete in 1990. The basket who many call a picnic basket, is actually modeled after Longaberger’s popular Market basket.
The dimensions of the basket measure 48 feet long, 11 feet wide and 23 feet high.
While this basket is pretty impressive, it shrinks when compared to the seven story tall building that is now Longaberger’s new headquarters near Newark.
The large basket building is also a medium sized Market Basket.
If you’re traveling along State Route 16, you can’t miss the roadside attraction which sits right off the highway. I wasn’t content to drive by and not get a closer look. I photographed the building from the right and left and drove into the parking lot to get a better look.
I would have stepped inside the lobby to get a look at what I hear is a beautiful glass atrium, but by this point, my husband was losing his patience with me and I still had one stop to make. I had also planned to stop at the Longaberger Homestead in Frazeysburg to photograph the World’s Largest Apple Basket. Unfortunately, I discovered that I didn’t plan our visit well since the Homestead was actually closed on the day we stopped by. I admit, I was more than a little bit disappointed but now I realize that just gives me a reason to plan a road trip on another day.
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