EXPLORE TREASURED PLACES
From a 214-year-old log house in Hamilton to Canton’s imposing McKinley Memorial, you can explore fascinating places that reflect Ohio’s rich heritage—some opening especially for Ohio Open Doors events or offering behind-the-scenes looks that aren't ordinarily available. All Ohio Open Doors events are free, and most are special one-day-only opportunities.
Use the calendar below to view and search for these special events. Select Ohio Open Doors in the Category field and use the Address field to search by name of city.
About Ohio Open Doors
The Ohio History Connection created Ohio Open Doors in 2016 to promote and inspire pride in Ohio’s heritage and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.
Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Oct. 15, 1966, the Act has proven instrumental in transforming the face of communities from coast to coast, establishing the legal framework and incentives to preserve historic buildings, landscapes and archaeological sites. It drives economic revitalization by attracting investment, supporting small business, stabilizing neighborhoods and creating jobs. “Ohio Open Doors shares stories of important landmarks right in our backyard, highlighting the history and unique nature of some of Ohio’s most treasured historic places,” says Burt Logan, executive director and CEO of the Ohio History Connection.
MANY IN NATIONAL REGISTER
The Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office administers the National Historic Preservation Act in Ohio. Many of the landmarks featured in Ohio Open Doors events are in the National Register of Historic Places, which the National Historic Preservation Act created.
Ohio Open Doors is sponsored by the Ohio History Connection and by more than 200 partnering organizations that are hosting events in communities across the Buckeye State.
Find an Open Doors Event Near You
Open Doors: Daniel Hertzler, Jr. Opens the Door to his Family Home
A Hertzler relative (Daniel Hertzler look-alike) will greet visitors to his family home where other costumed docents will elaborate of the family history from Lancaster, PA to the building of this home in 1854. Explanation of the historical events that transpired.
Open Doors: Behind the Scenes at the Old Rectory
The Worthington Historical Society will host a free “Behind the Scenes” Open House at the Old Rectory on September 18th, 2022 from 1 – 4 pm. Visit with Society volunteers throughout the 1845 building, with access to our archives, library, and collections storage along with the Doll Museum. Items from special collections will be on […]
Open Doors: St. John’s Episcopal Church History and Community Connections
Founded in 1804 by a band of settlers led by James Kilbourne, St. John’s Episcopal Church is the first Episcopal church west of the Alleghenies. You will be awed by the building’s construction including materials resourced and crafted locally and four central pillars made from milled solid black walnut trees. The cemetery rests 317 documented […]
Open Doors: Surprise History from the Archives
Take a chance with Muck Monster Mystery Archive and win a one-year membership and Lake Township Historical Society introduction to Lake Township Book.
Open Doors: Painesville United Methodist Church: Concert with Organist Jerry Marshall
Join us for a free music concert featuring organist Jerry Marshall, on Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 4:00. Enjoy visiting our historic church, built in 1873 in a Gothic Revival style and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. Our beautiful church houses our spectacular organ built by the Schantz Organ Company […]
Open Doors: Street of Yesteryear
Live reenactors will discuss various businesses and homestead life during the early 1900s. Taking place in the Putnam County Historical Museum Annex featuring a general store, millinery shop, barber shop, doctor’s office, one room school, and cabin and barn setting from the early 1900s. Guests will have the opportunity to hear the reenactors describe how […]
Open Doors: Major General William Lytle’s 252nd Birthday Celebration
Come celebrate the 252nd anniversary of the birth of Major General William Lytle. A free Open House with music by the Williamsburg Community Band, refreshments and tours of the recently completed Land Office (replica). Hailed the “Father of Clermont County”, William Lytle was appointed Deputy Surveyor at age 23 and surveyed the district near present […]
Open Doors: Alliance History Ice Cream Social
Join the neighbors of the Mabel Hartzell Historical Home for an ice cream social in the beautiful gardens of the home. The Alliance History Mini Museum will be open for visitors to view local history artifacts, the 1910 Alliance car, and the current exhibit “Advertising Novelties of Alliance Businesses”. Admission to the gardens, the ice […]
Open Doors: Early Businesses in 1900s
Two presentations by local artist/historian describing the history depicted on mural painted on side of early 1900s building. The art shows businesses formerly in this location in early 1900s including Rex Theater, Rappaport Store, etc. Artist will give two 30-45 minute presentations. Handouts describing the mural will be given out. Memorabilia and photos from these […]
Open Doors: Ohio Open House
During open house of the Century Inn, oldest known standing structure in Middlefield, learn about its historical significance to the Middlefield community.