Longaberger’s Big Basket building to open for tours

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FILE – In this Sept. 6, 2005 file photo, the Longaberger building is seen in Newark, Ohio. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — The former headquarters of Longaberger baskets will be open for tours in a fundraiser for an Ohio preservation society.

The Plain Dealer reports proceeds from the tours on Sunday will go toward Heritage Ohio’s efforts to invest in the rehabilitation of Ohio’s rural downtowns.

The building near Newark, known as the Big Basket, is a seven-story replica of the company’s medium market basket.

Heritage Ohio board member Steve Coon bought the building in 2017 and is working toward having it added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The building has been vacant since 2016.

Longaberger, a one-time hugely successful seller of handcrafted baskets, went out of business in 2018.

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