We talk about the history of this great state all the time. We visit many of it’s historical sites and see many places and every time we go somewhere new we look for the Historical Marker. Every time we learn something new. The information helps to put the area in to the overall larger historical picture. Yes, some of the plaques may be local, and the information may not seem relevant to the state as a whole, but it is the little things that add up to make the state the place it is today.
As the website states
“…Historical Marker program is administered by the Local History Services Department of the Ohio History Connection. Since 1957, the program has placed more than 1,700 markers that share our state’s history. Partnering with community sponsors, we help tell the unique stories of the people, places, things, or events that helped shape individual communities as well as Ohio and the nation. Approximately 20-30 new markers are accepted into the program each year.”
The Ohio Historical Marker program’s website is a great place to find information about the history of Ohio. Every maker is categorized, organized, and searchable. Every page has the text of the marker, photos of the marker in place, a relevant photos of the marker’s subject, and a map to the marker’s location. The site is a valuable tool for anyone doing research for a school project. One can spend a while just seeings what in their area, or having a look at the strange things that have happened in Ohio.
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.
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:
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.
In the southwest corner of Ohio, about 1/4 of the way up the map is the region surrounding the county of Hocking. The county has less than 30,000 residents. The region is in a part of the state crisscrossed with back roads and no interstates. Yet despite it small size and out of the way location millions of people visit it each year. The big question is what do all these people do in Hocking County and the surrounding region?
Shopping: The region does not have many large big box chain stores, but makes up for it in the many little art studios and mom and pop shops dotting the region. A quick search on the internet, or with the help of the friendly staff at the regional welcome centers, will bring up a large list of places to find that unique item or gift.
For the last few years we have been doing a list of places to see in Ohio. This is our wish list of places to see for the year. There is no order or ranking. So, we hope you enjoy, 19 places to see in 2019.
John Glenn Museum – In the 50th year of the Apollo 11 moon landing we wanted to visit more of this new museum