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Ohio Music Playlist #1

This is the first in our music playlist series. Our playlists will give you a view in many different artists and Ohio themes. Our playlists are best played on shuffle.

OHIO FUNK

During the 1970s, Funk music coming from Ohio became popular. Funk is a mix of soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz. Funk music for the most part is about being able to have a great danceable beat. So get your groove on and listen to some Funk from Ohio.

If you want to know more about Funk visit the The Funk Music Hall and Exhibition Hall, located in Dayton.

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Places to go on a long Summer Weekend – 2019

Summer is a great time to spend a long weekend in Ohio and visit all the great places. With Summer in full swing, we thought we would give a list of some of the great places to explore. The list also was a chance for us to highlight some of our original reviews of these great places.

Amusement Parks

Zoos

Parks and Historic Places

The Pioneers

This year in May a new book came out by the Pulitzer Prize winning historian, David McCullough. The Pioneers is a book about the settling of the Northwest Territory in Ohio. McCullough’s books can be very dense with historical facts and stories. Some of his books are best done as audiobooks, listened to while driving. If you want to do a themed trip, get The Pioneers on audiobook and go on a trip down the Ohio River.

Here is a map called the Ohio River Run. This map will give you some idea of places to visit while traveling down the Ohio River.

Two places to visit, that go along with the book The Pioneers are:

We hope this list of places gives some good ideas of how to spend  a long summer weekend in Ohio.

2019 – the 1/2 way mark

Well we are halfway through 2019.

The majority of this year has been spent discussing Columbus. The city is always giving us something new. We don’t think we will ever be able to explore it all. We explored the hills of the southeast. The beauty of the area is worth visiting anytime of year. We also looked into the history of a major conflict in our state.

This year we celebrated a decade of reviewing the Buckeye State. While this was a major milestone, it made us realize that some of the places we visited in those first few years have had major renovations and changes. Expect us to do more update as things change.

In the last six months we have explored a few new places and seen some new sights. We have plenty more to tell of our journeys. We have old places to explore that are becoming new all over again. A trip to the renovated Cincinnati Museum Center will be like going there for the first time. New additions to the Cincinnati, Toledo, Columbus, and Cleveland Zoos have us want to make trips there in the upcoming years. New rides at the Kings Island and Cedar point, and the old favorites, warrant trips back.

We like to dive into that which made Ohio the state is it is. As the world honors the 50th year since the flight of Apollo 11 expect us to be celebrating along with them. We won’t forget the Ohioans who made the trip possible, or the ones who have continued on. We also have some history on more down to earth events including sports and the arts.

With a look to the past, a journey to the future, and more visits to the interesting sites of Ohio, the second 1/2 of 2019 should be as full as the first.

Updates! Updates! Updates!

RandomOhioReviews.com

After 10 years we finally have the address we want. This address will lead to the same page you are on, but is easier to remember.

We have also updated all our reviews to include more information and be easier to read.

Now all of our reviews include an address to the location we are reviewing. The address is linked to a Google map of the location. This means that with a simple click you can plan a trip to the site, or see how far away it is. We have also included links to the official website of most of the locations. With this you can find the official information on times, costs, and events of the locations. We want to make sure that you have the most up to date information on each place before going. Not much ruins a trip more than getting somewhere and finding out that it is closed on the day you went.

We hope this makes your enjoyment of the great state of Ohio and all the fun and interesting things to do in it easier.

History of The Siege of Fort Meigs

In the early 1800’s France and Britain’s war spilled over into North America. The British allied with the American Indians in The Northwest Territory to help defeat American settlers in the area. The British also maintained a force in the area against the treaties it signed after the American Revolution. This angered the new nation and it declared war.

The Northwest Territory was lightly populated at the time, but had many forts to protect the region. A majority of the fighting of the war took place in the area, and along the border of Canada, which was still British at the time. Fort Detroit, along the Canadian border, was a major fort in the system. The Americans had plans to use the fort to supply an attack on Canada and to defend the Northwest from attacks. The British Attacked the fort and gained control in the summer of 1812. The defeat was a major blow to the American Army.  The United States need Detroit back and General William Henry Harrison was sent to regain the Fort and nearby city.  Unfortunately he was defeated before even reached the Fort.

After his defeat Harrison regrouped along the Maumee river, near modern day Toledo. There he started to build Fort Meigs at the beginning of February. Most of the men Harrison had brought were nearing the end of their enlistment and new men had to be found. This caused major delays in construction. Brigadier General Green Clay was ordered to bring 1200 men from Kentucky as Major Eleazer D. Wood continued construction. The weather was poor that spring, and this prevented an attack on the unprepared fort and gave Clay’s men time to arrive.

Major General Henry Procter had been told to attack the Americans along the eastern shores of Lake Erie, where they were building ships to regain control of the lake. He instead decided to attack Fort Meigs on the western shore. His idea was to stop a summer invasion of Fort Detroit and to capture its supplies. On April 26th he landed on the shores of the Maumee and head towards the fort. Along with his 900+ men he brought a contingent of 1200 American Indians lead by Tecumseh. Tecumseh was already well skilled in attacking American forts and fighting General Harrison having placed a decisive role in the Battle of Detroit and having battled in his own war against the General.

On May 1st the British artillery opened fire on the fort. The British continued the siege for five more days but Fort Meigs had been well built and was able to withstand the attack.  Harrison sent word to General Clay, who had not yet made it to the fort, to send some of his men to stop the cannons. Clay sent a group commanded by Colonel William Dudley. They were able to temporarily disable the cannons but in the fighting some followed Tecumseh’s forces in to the woods while others stay behind. This split allowed the British to regain control of the guns and destroy most of the Kentuckians.

A few months later the British attacked the fort for a second time. Knowing that guns would not work on the well built location they tried luring the Americans out. Tecumseh, who had used decoy actions to gain control of Fort Detroit staged a fake battle. The Americans, knowing that all of their army was safe with in the fort, or far off at other battles, did not fall for the tricks. Eventually the British gave up and moved on. Fort Meigs was too well built to be defeated.

With the British no longer attacking the area and a fort no longer needed, it was soon scaled down  to a simple supply depot and last the rest of the war. After the war the depot was abandoned and eventually burned down. Over the years the land has changed hands. Finally the Ohio History Society, now Ohio History Connection, gained control of the land. In the 1970’s they decided to turn the area into a historical museum and monument to the men who fought to keep Ohio out of the hands of the British.

Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center

13178 State Route 664 South, LoganOH 43138 

https://www.explorehockinghills.com/plan/welcome-centers

The Hocking Hills Welcome Center is one of the best places to start a trip to the Hocking Hills region. The center is located at the edge of downtown Logan, Ohio. It is a great place to get trail maps and information on the less traveled trails and parks of the region. Inside are brochures and guides on more than just the natural wonders, with lots of information on businesses catering to visitors. It also has a large collection of menus from local restaurants for anyone trying to decide where to go after a long day on the trail.

While the world has gone digital and most information is online, the centers staff is quite helpful and a great resource. They are happy to help visitors find the regions popular destinations, local resources, and hidden gems. The center also has many paper maps that are great for using on the trails or roads of the region. In an area where mobile phone reception can be and usually is spotty, this can be a real life saver.

While there don’t forget to leave enough time to go to the Paul A Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum just outside the front doors. This is one of the regions hidden treasures.

Random Ohio Reviews : 10 Years Later

A little bit of this …. a little bit of that ….. a Whole lot of oHIo. (okay mostly SW OhiO)

10 years ago today we posted these words and from there we were off to explore Ohio. Over the next decade we would explore many of the great places that this great state has to offer. Restaurants, museums, parks, local culture. If Ohio offered it we gave it a chance. After a decade of exploration we thought we had seen a good portion of the state but Ohio is like its  weather, when you think you know it, it changes.

We choose the name Random Ohio because we had no major focus in the early days. We loved going to anything that was Ohio. Eventually as we started to look at the pieces of the puzzle that is Ohio, we realized that this great state is almost impossible to describe in a concise manner. Everything about it is random.

From the north where the Eerie allows vast ships to travel from this state to others, to the south where smaller paddle wheelers and riverboats take to the Ohio, to the lakes and the rivers in between where swimmers, skiers, and recreational boats reign. Ohio seems to be something different depending on where in the state you are. Our travels have taken us to the farm lands of the northeast to the hills of the south to the industrialized Eerie shores. We may have gotten to some regions more than others, with the crowded Dayton Cincinnati region being over represented, but we have tried to show every part of Ohio. Our rough estimates show that:

  • 14% of our reviews have been from the Northwest :  Toledo and the Black Swamp region
  • 15% Northeast: Cleveland, Akron, and Canton
  • 15% Central: Columbus and the center of the state
  • 8% Southeast: Hocking Hills, Chillicothe, and Marietta
  • 48% Southwest: Dayton and Cincinnati

Our post have ranged from history to the arts to outdoor recreation to the local landscape. We have loved almost every minute of our journey through this great state. While we have tried to categorize them we have found that most, if not all, fit into many categories. Of our 152 reviews:

  • 83% have been about History: Since the first Ohioans settled permanently in 1788 the state has been preserving its past. Most places we visit love to tell their history, and we loved to hear it.
  • 65% Museums: A legacy of preservation brings on many museums. The great Ohio History Connection network of museums, national history museums, or local stops all have been worth a visit.
  • 50% Entertainment and the Arts: The great playhouses and art museums of the large cities to the small stages and outdoor murals.
  • 46% Food: Local fare known to the world to the local fare unknown to anyone from 10 miles away.
  • 40% Parks and Playlands: national parks, state parks, local parks, amusement parks.

We have even found that the facts we learn about Ohio are random. 7 years ago we decided to give a list of 100 random facts about Ohio to celebrate our 100th post. We only were able to get 50 facts at the time but from that 50 we have added 50 more every year until we had 300 Random Facts About Ohio. From “Ohio is an Iroquois word meaning “great water.” to “The shortest time a governor has served is…” we have helped many a school kid finish a report or just satisfied the curiosity of our readers. The facts have become our most popular posts with almost 65% of our traffic coming from them. After 300 facts, when we think it is going to be hard to find more facts, the state and its citizens still keeps giving them to us.

The one thing that we have noticed that is consistent is that most Ohioans are proud to be Ohioans and support their local culture even as they venture out into the wider world.

As we look back over the past decade and the 530 post we wanted to a take a moment to reflect on what we have seen, heard, learned and experienced. This year we will be reflecting on some things Ohio has taught us and looking forward to the things we are yet to learn. Through out the year we will be posting about our experiences and our thoughts on different aspects of our travels. So stay tuned to see what we have in store for the next decade and beyond.

 

Repost: Ohio’s Great 8: A large collection of presidential sites in Ohio

In Honor of Washington-Lincoln Day, we remind you of some great places to learn about Ohio’s contribution to the office.

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Ohio has given this great nation 8 of its 44 presidents. Because Ohio is “The Mother of Presidents” it has gained a large collection of presidential items and locations. From small nick knacks to house, planes, and even battlefields her is our list of places to see a bit of presidential history.

Presidential Memorabilia:
The National Museum of the United States Air Force – Planes from every president to fly
Golden Lamb – Historic Inn and restaurant that has been visited by every Ohio president and many more.
First Ladies National Historical Site – The home of First Lady Ida Saxton McKinley which celebrates the wives of all presidents
Ohio Statehouse – Houses artifacts from presidential visits
Ohio Historical Center – Houses many artifacts ( not many on display) from Ohio’s historical presidential campaigns
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center – Tells the story of slavery and the struggle to end it. Talks about Lincoln, and many other presidents, struggle with the dreaded institution of slavery.
Cleveland History Center – Talks about the history of northwest Ohio and the area that made James Garfield. Right next door to Garfield Tomb.

William Henry Harrison:
Fallen Timber Battlefield
Fort Miegs
Adena Mansion and Garden – Visited many times as a Governor and General.
Tecumseh! Outdoor Drama – A loud Outdoor Drama telling the life and troubles of the great Tecumseh and his interaction with Harrison.
Tomb of William Henry Harrison

Ulysses S. Grant
Land of Grant – Birthplace, Boyhood home, and Schoolhouse

Rutherford B Hayes
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center – Also house the Tomb of the late President

James A. Garfield
James Garfield Birthplace
James A. Garfield National Historic Site
James A Garfield Tomb

Benjamin Harrison
Benjamin Harrison Birthplace – A small plaque .3 miles from his grandfathers tomb denotes the site of his birth

William McKinley
The William McKinley Birthplace Museum 
William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum – Also house the Tomb of the late President

William Howard Taft
William Howard Taft National Historical Site

Warren G. Harding
Warren G. Harding Home
Warren G. Harding Tomb

 

The Scioto Mile

https://www.sciotomile.com/

The Scioto Mile is a collection of 9 parks along the Scioto River in the heart of Downtown Columbus. Started in 2015, this “mile” was a reworking of the land surrounding the river. Dams were removed. The area was taken back to a more natural state and the its beauty was emphasized. The mile has more than 175 acres of land, but is more than just a series of parks along a river.

The parks are connected by the Scioto Trail. The trail makes up the backbone of the system running from Scioto Audubon Park in the south to the Olentangy Trail in the north and on to the Ohio to Erie Trail. It follows the east side of the river winding from park to park. The parks are not just open green spaces with a few benches. Many of them are filled with sculptures and memorials. There is a center dedicated to the visual arts. More in to the performing arts? The trail has a place for them too. The variety of things to see and do is enormous.

Along the trail is Milestone 229. A restaurant for people on the trail. This is not a fast food joint but a comfort food joint for everyone. It “offers a kids’ menu, as well as vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.” The restaurant has great views of the river and the Scioto Mile Fountain. The fountain is a large interactive fountain that comes alive at night with lights and fog. A must see on the mile.

In the middle is the name sake that flows through the city. This section of the river has been improved to be a great water recreation venue. Paddleboards, canoes, and kayaks can be seen on the river during the warmer months. Tours are even offered.

Along the west bank the trail goes through less parks but is no less as scenic. The trail ends up at the new National Veterans Memorial and Museum and one of the Greatest Science Museums in the nation.

The Scioto Mile is a great way to get out and see nature or to experience the city life, or do both at the same time. It is the variety that makes this state great all within the heart of its capital city.