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The most famous person living in Meigs County is a legendary musician who found this location the perfect site to build a “ranch that grows guitar players”.

Guitarist and songwriter Jorma Kaukonen is best known for his work with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. A Grammy-nominated artist and member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Jorma is celebrated for his fingerstyle guitar playing.

In 1989, Jorma selected a scenic place near Pomeroy to be the home of the Fur Peace Ranch, a rustic guitar camp for practitioners of all skill levels.

“There’s nothing like life in a small American community where people wave to you whether they know you or not,” said Jorma in a recent interview with the Pomeroy Sentinel. “Southeast Ohio is so beautiful. It cannot but help to affect the people."

Initially, Jorma’s wife Vanessa admits she had a hard time imagining herself making a home in the rural hills. But, she was quickly won over by the warmth of the neighbors and the beauty of the land.

“The land had set a stage and created the tone for this inspirational environment . . . we were being inspired every day,” Vanessa explained. “It was impossible to imagine just what the Ranch would become.”

The Ranch opened in 1998 and over the past fifteen years the enterprise has grown to become a world-renowned teaching and performance facility.

“I believe that living in a small community puts you back in touch with the mindset that made America the great country that it is,” Jorma said. “The helpfulness of neighbors, the friendly smiles you see almost everywhere you go.”

In 2006, the Ranch added a 200-seat concert hall, the Fur Peace Station, making it possible to share the music with a wider audience. During camp season from March to November, the Station is home to a live weekly radio broadcast featuring the world’s finest musicians. Today, courtesy of a website and a YouTube channel, performances from the Fur Peace Ranch are enjoyed by people all over the world.

Thousands of musicians have found the Fur Peace Ranch to be a melodious haven. Jorma believes his vision and enthusiasm for Meigs County has broad appeal.

“I could see our area as a tourist mecca in the same way that I find North Carolina and Tennessee,” Jorma said. “We live in a sportsman’s paradise – all seasons of the year. The roads are magnificent to drive, the scenery breathtaking.”






 
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