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: Watt Center Open House
The Watt Center is located in a historic building that once served as the office for the Watt Car and Wheel Co., at one time the world’s largest manufacturer of mine cars and mining equipment. It now serves as a local history museum and archive focused on Barnesville and the western half of Belmont County. […]
Notre Dame College Beyond 100: Centennial Opening Celebration
Join Us For: The 100th Birthday Party for Notre Dame College and the community, featuring food, music, children’s activities and tours of the historic Administration Building Distinguished Notre Dame faculty 20-minute presentations: Sr. Eileen Quinlan, SND, Ph.D., a 1974 graduate of Notre Dame and professor emerita of English, discusses “The History of Notre Dame College […]
Historical Society of Vandalia – Butler Open House
Our 8-acre historical farmstead is open from 1-3 p.m. All buildings will be open for public viewing. We will feature information on quilting and have quilts on display and teach quilting stitches.
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: 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: 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 […]