August 22, 2012 8:05 AM
Ashley and Brittany Hill
After being inspired from the release of the 2011 WK model
commercial, the slogan “The things we make, make us”
has stuck a chord. I’ve always wanted to see Toledo,
Ohio… the place where Willy’s were first made.
After packing up our Flame Red Jeep Wrangler with our Martins and a
few snacks from Trader Joe’s, we did just that! We were on a
pilgrimage to find the meaning behind what makes a true American
There is so much more behind the product. It is the people that
create these products that make us who we are.
Brit and I drew up a map, pulled out the Atlas, recruited our mom
to be our official photographer and off we were! We headed to
Toledo, snapped a couple of quick photos in front of the JK
assembly plant and even found the original 1901 English Tudor
Tillinghast-Willys mansion that just so happens to be for
After cruising the city, and waving to every single Wrangler in
sight, we got off at Willy’s Parkway and stumbled upon the
Holiday Inn French Quarter that happened to be celebrating 60 years
of the American road trip! It was meant to be! We couldn’t
believe that every single Jeep Wrangler that is on the road
originated right here, in Toledo!
To celebrate we helped blow out the candles in the New
Orleans-inspired lobby, visited with the friendly staff, and
continued to head East as we started writing our first song
inspired by The Band’s “The Weight!”
“The Jeep Girls pulled into Nazareth
We were feeling jus ‘bout dead
We just needed some place
Where we could lay our head”
As the sun was rising on our mighty Jeep, we pulled into the town
of Nazareth, Pennsylvania! Nazareth happened to be the high school
that we went to with our first Jeep many moons ago, but this
Nazareth has a different meaning. It is the birthplace of another
American Legend…The Martin Guitar!
We spent the day with Martin Guitar owners, watched the guitar
making process, and shared a great day of American Heritage in our
Jeep as we toured C.F. Martin’s original factory in downtown
To continue the journey we drove the Jeep among the horse drawn
carriages right in front of Independence Hall in
As day turned to night…and the lyrics of “The
Weight” continued to spill through the “tweeters”
as I played along with my Dreadnought, it only seemed appropriate
to share some tales at the Four Seasons in Philadelphia’s
premier museum district.
We began practicing our new song and drew up a new road map in our
spacious window sill.
More to come…and more American Legends to discover!
Remember to always “Have Fun Out There!”
Ash & Brit