Columbus Washboard Factory
There’s nothing’s better at removing stains from cuffs and collars; nothing handier on a long camping trip; nothing quite so rustically decorative; and nothing that adds quite as much rhythmic zing to bluegrass, zydeco, and Cajun music. That’s what the new owners correctly believed when, in the 1990s, they bought the circa 1895 Columbus Washboard Company and moved it to Logan.
And there is, it seems, much to be said for both traditional laundry methods and traditional manufacturing. The “new” Logan plant is in a building that once housed a Godman Shoe factory, and much of the equipment dates from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
During a factory tour, you can see washboards assembled by hand (in just 45 seconds), learn how various surfaces serve different purposes, and shop not only for a board but also some really good soap! On the way in, look up to see the world's largest washboard (24 feet) and look down to see examples of the charming starbrick paving stones that were once made in the area.
14 Gallagher Ave.
- Logan, Ohio 43138
- 39.54035800, -82.41323700
- Store: weekdays 9--3; Sat. 11--2. Tours (May--Oct.): weekdays at 10, noon, and 2; Sat. at 11:30 and 1.
- Visit Website
- (740) 380-3828