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"
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 Fort Ancient Earthworks, 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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Included with general museum admission. Learn about some of Ohio’s famous females through tours, activities, and film screenings and explore the important role women have had in the shaping of Ohio. Sat. March 2, 9 & 16 at 1 p.m. Staff Highlights: Women’s History Tour Stop by for this staff led tour to learn […]
Here’s your chance to experience the Ohio History Center museum after hours and see whether our exhibits really do come to life! This family event promises to entertain children and adults alike. Dozens of different characters will be roaming the museum, and you can learn all about their unique place in Ohio history. Grab an […]
In this program, staff will give a brief discussion of the history of maple syrup, as well as instruction on the whole process of making this sweet treat. The program will include a brief discussion of Native, colonial, traditional and modern techniques of creating maple syrup, as well as a display of historic techniques showing […]
Yay, or Nay! Ohio became a state in 1803, but not without conflict. Step back to 1802 and witness the fiery debate for whether Ohio should become a state or remain within the Northwest Terrority. Observe the momentous debate highlighting the Territorial Governor Arthur St. Clair’s and Representative Thomas Worthington’s differing plans for Ohio’s path […]
Explore Ohio's history with your little ones. We're providing a drop-in, open discovery space for your little historian to build, create and discover everything Ohio. You and your kiddo age 3 to 7 can freely explore our hands-on stations, and we'll wrap up our discovery time with a story. Included with Ohio History Center general […]
You’re inscribed, great! Now what? Please mark your calendars for a free-wheeling discussion about what World Heritage inscription means for the communities where the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks sites are located. Joining our own Chief Historic Sites Officer, Jennifer Aultman, in conversation will be Brent Lane, from Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service. […]
In the first full week of Women’s History Month, we listen to the voices for truth of Grimke women from two centuries: Angelina Grimke Weld, her sister, Sarah Moore Grimke, and their lesser known but also important great niece, Angelina Weld Grimke. Suggested reading: Angelina Grimke Weld, Speech at Pennsylvania Hall (May 16, 1838) Sarah […]
Inspired by the highly anticipated solar eclipse, “Manifestation of Light: Exploring the Shakers’ Celestial Inspiration” delves into Shaker artwork, writing, and culture inspired by the sun, moon, and stars. From gift drawings to poetry to dance, the Shakers’ relationship with celestial light and cosmic geometry is grounded in real-world skills and references, providing a captivating […]
Incoming crafter alert! Adena Mansion and Gardens and Creative Chaos are partnering to host a craft and crop! This event will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2024, from 9 a.m.–9 p.m. at Adena Mansion and Gardens’ Visitor’s Center. Each crafter will receive a welcome gift and have the opportunity to craft a fun make-and-take […]
Join Cedar Bog Nature Preserve and Patrick Craig as we prepare for the total solar eclipse. Patrick will walk us through what to look for and how to prepare for the event. This will be an inside/outside event so dress for the weather! General site admission ($5) applies for nonmembers.
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.