Whether you're craving a summer stroll at the nationally recognized historic Serpent Mound, looking to catch a Muffins versus Diamonds base ball game in Ohio Village, or get a taste of freedom at the most active Underground Railroad “station,” the John Rankin House, our wildly diverse family of historic sites and museums across the state can connect you to stories and storytellers of generations past.
The Ohio History Connection welcomes all to be a part of history in the making. We strive to create a safe, accessible and friendly environment to explore our sites and collections. Our core value of inclusivity challenges us to constantly: seek out and remove barriers to participation, empower underserved audiences and improve how we deliver our services. Click here for more information about accessibility at Ohio History Center and Ohio Village.
Our system of historic sites is uncommon; only a few states in the nation share our approach of linking landmark destinations and we are the largest in the nation. Thanks to the unique partnerships between the Ohio History Connection and the local groups that manage the sites on our behalf, we are making history by preserving history. Like us, these nonprofit groups, local parks and recreation departments, and Travel and Visitors Bureaus are committed to preserving our stories. The Ohio History Connection is proud to work with these local groups to help bring Ohio's varied and fascinating history to life.
Please note, the use of drones is prohibited at all Ohio History Connection sites. To inquire about commercial filming permits, contact Neil Thompson, manager of media and public relations, at [email protected]
Learn more about our sites in our latest travel guide!
Explore a one-of-a-kind village, home from 1819 to 1898 of a communal society of German religious dissenters
Learn about the steel industry that dominated Youngstown in the 20th century
Visit the tomb of the ninth president of the United States and learn about his life and accomplishments
Explore the Harding Home, Presidential Library & Museum and Harding Memorial in Marion, Ohio
Find a nature center, hiking trails, stone outcroppings, abundant plants, native orchids and more than 100 species of birds
See where the future Civil War general and president of the United States lived from 1823–1839, then visit the school he attended
Tour the birthplace of Ulysses S. Grant, Civil War general and two-term president of the United States
Visit an 1825 church that's an architectural landmark and a reminder of northeast Ohio's New England heritage
See an ancient burial mound built by American Indians between 800 B.C and A.D. 100
Visit one of the last remaining ancient conical burial mounds in Columbus
Discover the 19th-century North Union Shakers and the 20th-century planned suburban community of Shaker Heights
Visit a site established in 1912 to preserve the memory of Chief Logan and the place where he delivered his eloquent 1774 speech
Discover a vestige of Ohio's Miami and Erie Canal, an important example of 19th-century civil engineering
Explore a scenic gorge and discover centuries-old rock art created by the ancient peoples of Ohio
From ancient mounds to Ohio's 19th-century canals, explore 2,000 years of history at this peaceful 250-acre site
Come to Serpent Mound to see the world's most spectacular effigy mound.
Explore Schoenbrunn, a village founded in 1772 as a Moravian mission among the Delaware Indians
Visit the first Quaker yearly meeting house west of the Alleghenies, a National Historic Landmark associated with the antislavery movement
Tour the restored home of poet Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872–1906), acclaimed writer and voice for equality for African Americans
Visit one of Ohio's best-documented and most active Underground Railroad "stations"
Tour Our House Tavern, a restored 1819 tavern that hosted Gen. Lafayette when he visited French-settled Gallipolis, Ohio, in 1825
Explore the story of the Ohio River and step aboard the W.P. Snyder Jr., the nation’s last intact steam-powered, stern-wheeled towboat
Visit an architectural wonder of ancient America, the largest set of geometric earthen enclosures in the world
At National Road & Zane Grey, explore the story of early America’s busiest route West, and learn about locally-born author of Western novels Zane Grey.
Enjoy our exhibits and programs to learn about Ohio's and our nation's African American history, art, culture, and social movements.
At the Museum of Ceramics, learn about East Liverpool's heyday as a center of the ceramics industry from 1840 to 1930 and see a great collection of locally made wares.
Climb steps to the top of one of the two largest conical mounds in eastern North America
Tour the McCook House, home of Daniel McCook, now a museum honoring the Ohio family known as the Civil War's “Fighting McCooks”.
See American Indian symbols carved in rock on the south shore of Kelleys Island
Visit a museum in an 1861 mill and learn about the history of milling from ancient times to the present
Visit the home and presidential library of the 19th president of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes
Visit the Cincinnati home where Harriet Beecher Stowe, later author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin," lived from 1832 to 1836
Tour the family home of composer Benjamin Hanby (1833–1867), who wrote "Up on the Housetop" and "Darling Nelly Gray"
See deep grooves that a glacier scoured into limestone about 18,000 years ago, plus ancient marine fossils
Visit the site of two remarkable battles in American history
Explore a fort that helped secure the Great Lakes region during the War of 1812 and visit a museum about the war and the fort
Visit the place where Ohio’s only Revolutionary War fort once stood, and see the Tomb of the Unknown Patriot of the American Revolution
See the place where Fort Jefferson, an advance outpost of Gen. Arthur St. Clair, stood in the 1790s
Enjoy natural beauty and hike to see one of the best-preserved ancient hilltop enclosures in North America
Explore North America’s largest ancient hilltop enclosure earthwork.
Visit the place where Fort Amanda, a major supply depot for the American army during the War of 1812, once stood
Hike trails and see ancient pits left by America Indians who came here to quarry flint.
Visit a park at the site of the 1794 Battle of Fallen Timbers, one of the most important battles in our nation's development
Explore an 88-acre nature preserve showcasing an impressive geologic fault
Visit the place where George Armstrong Custer's birthplace once stood.
See Ohio as it was over 10,000 years ago at this 450-acre nature preserve.
Explore the museum and learn about the first organized American settlement in the Northwest Territory.
The site of the only significant Civil War battle in Ohio.
A reconstructed charcoal-fired iron blast furnace with original stack.
Named for the broad Muskingum River flood plain, this is the site of a 1791 attack on settlers by American Indians that marked the start of four years of warfare in Ohio.
Visit the 1807 hilltop home of Thomas Worthington, sixth governor of Ohio and one of Ohio's first United States senators
Explore the greatest journey in human history, one that put men on the moon and set the course for our nation’s space program
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All are invited to read and discuss books about the American presidency at this free book club. This month, the club is reading “Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams” by Louisa Thomas. (This is a continuation of the April discussion.) This event will take place in person and online. For online login information, contact […]
The National Road & Zane Grey is participating in the National Road Yard Sale. Its parking lot will be full of volunteers turned vendors. The museum will be open for tours all weekend.
For thousands of years, our outfits have represented our wealth, status, and power. For centuries, our fashion has been a representation of who we are. Through our clothes, we can tell stories about our lives, our values and the way the world affects us. The suffragists of the Edwardian Era (1890-1920) are now known as […]
School might be out, but the History Center is in! Stay cool with us this summer with themed programing each month. Monthly themes will include natural history in June, air and space history in July and the history of new Ohioans in August. Weekly programs will include morning story times, exhibit tours and documentary film […]
Behold the great revolution in military technology, the adoption of gunpowder! Crossbow to Cartridge is a living history event for the 15th-17th centuries. Military camps to explore, weapons demonstrations and lively engagement with the warriors and campfollowers of distant Europe and Early America. Particular focus paid to the science of gunpowder and the entertainments of […]
Archery was a common pastime for adults and children during Worthington’s time. Join us for Archery at Adena, where children will be given an introductory lesson on the estate. Feel free to bring your bow if you have one. (No crossbows, please!) Archery at Adena will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2023, at noon. […]
Shaker Historical Society is excited to welcome ICA Art Conservation educators for a presentation and conversation on how people can best care for their historic treasures and heirlooms. After a 40-minute presentation, the group will discuss their personal treasures. Attendees are encouraged to bring an item of personal interest to share the story of the […]
Enjoy a morning of yoga in the rose garden behind the historic Hayes Home. This event is by Yoga Haven, a yoga studio in Fremont. This class is designed for all levels, and teachers will modify it to students’ needs. The class includes basic yoga poses, breathing practices and deep relaxation. $12 for adults, $7 […]
Walk the arboretum of Spiegel Grove, estate of 19th President Rutherford and First Lady Lucy Hayes, and learn about the different trees. Tickets are required and available at rbhayes.org. Tree tours of Spiegel Grove are sponsored by Charles & Dr. Mary Wonderly.
Do you want to test your skills in a whole new way? Try geocaching! Geocaching combines a treasure hunt and a hike to locate hidden "caches" using GPS and a little sleuthing. A cache is a waterproof box that contains a logbook for all successful searchers to sign and few small trinkets like foreign currency, small rubber animals, stickers and toy action figures that geocachers exchange with each other.
Numerous caches exist at these and other Ohio History Connection sites but are owned and managed by Ohio History Connection local managers or private cachers. The official geocaching website, geocaching.com, can assist with maps of caches near you. Happy hunting!
Find helpful information about each Ohio History Connection site, collect site stamps representing each location and answer challenging trivia questions with your passport!
Ohio History Connection members can receive a passport for free! To request yours, please visit our Contact Us and select "Membership." Not a member? Visit one of our staffed Ohio History Connection sites to pick up your passport or request your passport online. Please allow 4 weeks for processing.