-By Deborah Everts
Character counts in Randolph. It’s a place where people care about one another. Close-knit families with traditional family values and community pride are among the attributes of the people of Randolph.
Randolph is a community of spirit and optimism. Its residents are strong and they come together in times of disaster and need. In 2010, our small community experienced not one, but two disasters — a tornado and a blizzard. On July 24 of that year, an “EF2” tornado packing winds up to 130 mph tore down Main Street decimating the town’s cemetery, many of its beautiful old trees, and much property.
Bewildered residents pulled together and worked side-by-side to clean up the debris left by the unexpected tornado and to repair the damage left behind. Together, they brought their community back to its feet and to a state of normalcy.
That same year, in early December, a savage blizzard dumped 5-feet of snow on the area within 48 hours leaving residents stranded and literally snowed-in. Very few residents were able to leave their homes for several days and people were seen up on the rooftops shoveling the heavy snow off in fear of their roofs collapsing. Again, residents pulled together and pitched in to help their neighbors throughout the town.
We’re very proud of our community and all the things we’ve been able to accomplish. Randolph is steeped in historical ambiance with many of its buildings dating back to the early 1800s. The Historic District became official in 2013 and the community now has 225 properties listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
In March 2013, the century-old fire hall on Bank Street was transformed into a beautiful inn — fittingly called The Inn at One Bank Street. Travelers visiting the area or just passing through now have a comfortable and unique place to stay.
Randolph is located along the southern border of an Old Amish Order community that was first established in 1949. The Amish Trail is Randolph’s biggest draw and people come to our town from all over the world.
The face of Randolph is ever-changing with new businesses, new residents, and new ideas to improve our already beautiful community. We continually work toward being more than just a place for people to drive through, or stop and spend a few hours. We’re making it a destination.