Visit this unique spot in Alliance, Ohio, where you'll find the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of trolls.

Even though our journey to Alliance, Ohio, started early, leaving Columbus by 8 a.m., we were defeated in finding out the Feline Historical Museum, housed in a magnificent former bank and built like a brutalist granite jewelry box, is closed on Saturdays throughout the winter — a good reminder to always call. Don’t trust the internet.

The closure was a particularly huge disappointment since a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed cat house the museum is displaying recently went viral. But the absence of one highlight in the sparse downtown of Alliance only magnified the star attraction: Sherry Groom’s Troll Hole.

The drive to Alliance is bleak. Once you pull off I-71 and head east, you’ll start to see the forgotten Ohio that is all too familiar in 2020. It’s a long strip of empty factories in Wooster, Akron and Barberton; closed storefronts; abandoned houses, and permanent Trump signs. The final stretch into Alliance is an exaggeration of that script.

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