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.
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 exhibits and programs sharing Ohio's and the nation's African American history, art and culture
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 Nellie 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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Begin Black History Month by considering the narratives of two men who made their ways to Cincinnati after being enslaved in the South. Although part of a free state, antebellum Cincinnati was not friendly to abolitionists and African Americans. Newly free, James Bradley enrolled as a student at Lane Seminary, and Henry Bibb came to […]
Join us in celebrating Black History Month 2023 at the Ohio History Center The Tea Room Feb. 18, 2023 The Tea Room is a contemporary look at an African American Tea Ceremony that began in the mid-19th century. Annually on February 15, enslaved people joined together to fellowship over tea. This tradition evolved into gathering […]
Included with general museum admission. Join us for a weekend full of natural history programing and learn more about the plants and animals that call Ohio their home! Check out the list of activities and programs below! Please note that the time of display tables may be subject to change. Sat. Feb. 4 Timed Talk: […]
Calling all spouses, partners, family, friends and lovers! This special Sweetheart Edition of Mingle at the Mansion is celebrating love in all its forms. Spend a cozy evening at the Shaker Historical Society enjoying live music, champagne, chocolates from Sweet Bean Candies, chocolate covered strawberries, and a Shaker-inspired valentine craft. Friday, February 10, 7-8:30pm will […]
Escape the winter cold and join the Shaker Historical Society for a story time in our galleries! Parents can warm up with a cup of hot cocoa while their children work on their counting and listen to “A Shaker’s Dozen.” After the story, children and their caregivers will venture through the museum on a Shaker […]
Tyrek Hyde will perform this one-man show about Alonzo Fields, who served as a White House chief butler for four U.S. presidents: Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower. Famous guests through the years included Winston Churchill, Marian Anderson, Errol Flynn and the king and queen of England. As Fields says in the […]
Join us as Greg Brown, historian and collections coordinator at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum, gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the Learjet Longhorn aircraft on display at AASM. The first production aircraft to be equipped with “winglets,” the Learjet Longhorn was flown by Neil Armstrong in 1979 when he set five aviation records. […]
Do you ever wonder what people who have passed on would think about what is happening in the world? Would Martin Luther King Jr. come back and be happy about the progress we have made? Letters to My Father takes a look at how some people in the local community have been impacted by the […]
Join local historian Beverly Gray on Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 12pm for a talk about genealogy. Explore more about the history of Ross County as well as how to discover more about your family history. Admission is free and for more information please visit our website at adenamansion.com, email [email protected], or call (740)-772-1500.
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.