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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Take a walk through the museum and grounds of Fort Ancient with archaeologist Bill Kennedy of the Ohio History Connection. This walking tour gives an overview of pre-contact American Indians in and at Fort Ancient: one of the most outstanding and best preserved Hopewell earthworks. Please meet in the lobby in front of the museum […]
Fort Meigs explores the civilian and military trades people of early Ohio in the years surrounding the War of 1812. This is a living history encampment to celebrate and discuss the frontier skills of blacksmithing, clothing production, leather working, rope making, foraging, cooking, and many more. Also featured will be a military recruiting office, military […]
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 […]
Enjoy a free community movie night! Bring your own lawn chair and/or blankets. About the movie: 42 tells the story of two men – the great Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) and the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers manager Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) – whose brave stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of […]
The Harriet Beecher Stowe House has evolved significantly over nearly 200 years from its original purpose as the president’s home on the Lane Seminary campus, to a busy boarding house and gathering place for Black community leaders, to an Ohio History Connection site. As the historic restoration continues, we are uncovering new questions and answers […]
Join us on Tues., Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. as Barb Powers of the State Historic Preservation Office shares her knowledge of the Ohio History Center’s iconic architecture. If you’ve always wondered about our unique building, this is the webinar for you!
All are invited to read and discuss books about the American presidency at this free book club. This month, the club is reading “The Revolutionary Samuel Adams” by Stacy Schiff. (This is a continuation of the August discussion.) This event will take place in person and online. For online login information, contact Historian Dustin McLochlin […]
On April 8, 2024, Spiegel Grove and the rest of Sandusky County will be plunged into total darkness as the moon completely blots out the sun. Astronomers have known about the 2024 North American Solar Eclipse for more than a century. You can find it predicted to the minute in the 1887 book “Canon of […]
Campus Martius Museum will be open to the public for free on Saturday, September 30th from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. In addition to the museum’s exhibits, visitors will have the opportunity to play with old fashioned toys and enjoy entertainment from musicians and storytellers.
In recognition of National Piano Month, the 19th century piano in the parlor at Hanby House will be used for performances during a special event. Visit the historic home on Saturday, September 30th from 1–4 p.m. to enjoy this special experience. Free and open to the public.
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.