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THE CAPITAL OF OHIO TOURISM

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Ross County and Chillicothe, Ohio offers visitors not only the opportunity to explore Ohio’s heritage but also provides a beautiful setting for outdoor recreation. Located in southern Ohio, Ross County is part of Ohio’s Appalachian Country that consists of many of the counties throughout eastern and southern Ohio.

 

Chillicothe was the first capital of Ohio and contains lots of historical sites that allow each visitor to learn more about the heritage of the area and life in different eras. Learn facts about Ross County from the prehistoric, Hopewell Culture to the view from Thomas Worthington’s estate that became the background to the Great Seal of Ohio.

 

Step back in time at Adena Mansion & Gardens with a tour of the home and grounds of Thomas Worthington, who was known as the “Father of Statehood.” The guided tours take you on a journey through the mansion to learn about life in that era. Relive the life of Shawnee leader, Tecumseh, at the Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre, home of “Tecumseh” Outdoor Drama. Visitors will witness the epic life story of Tecumseh as he struggles to defend his sacred homelands in the Ohio country during the late 1700s. Guided tours of the Ross County Heritage Center provides visitors with the opportunity to learn more about the history of Chillicothe and Ohio, knowledge about Native Americans in the area, the military training center known as Camp Sherman, and much more!

 

Travel even farther back in time to 200 BC at Ross County’s National Park. Discover the Hopewell Culture and learn about the ceremonial earthworks that these natives had created. At Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, you can get a ranger led tour through the earthworks to uncover more facts about this culture. This location is currently nominated as a World Heritage Inscription site for the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks.

 

Another treasure for Chillicothe is the 160 year old continuously operating, Majestic Theatre. This theater is not only a historical site but continues to offer entertainment to the area. It hosts over 100 events each year that feature a variety of musical performances, plays, and workshops.

 

If you enjoy being outdoors, Ross County is definitely where to be! Ross County is fortunate to be able to offer visitors five State Parks with beautiful scenery and many trails for walking or biking. Many of the State Parks also offer a variety of activities which include beach areas for swimming, boating, and fishing. If you enjoy biking, Ross County is part of the Tri-County Triangle Trail that contains over 32 miles of paved trails. If you prefer to be on the water, visitors can relax and enjoy nature by traveling down Paint Creek by canoe or kayak at one of the canoe liveries.

 

For visitors who enjoy festivals, Ross County hosts several annual festivals throughout the year. Each festival offers its own unique touch to complement the community and its heritage from the Native American heritage to the beautiful autumn colors of Southern Ohio. Some of the most notable festivals include the Feast of the Flowering Moon, International Sunflower Festival, Salt Creek Valley Festival, Southern Ohio Storytelling Festival and the Fall Festival of Leaves.

 

Don’t miss out on some of Chillicothe’s best local flavors! Visit restaurants in downtown Chillicothe for a variety of great food and fun atmosphere. You can also spend the afternoon browsing through the unique shops that make up the downtown area and then spend some time in Yoctangee Park.

 

Whether visitors are looking for a weekend getaway or a longer stay, Chillicothe and Ross County can provide them with something fun to do while learning about its heritage. With many more historical sites and special events, there is never a shortage of activities. You can find more information about the area by visiting the Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website at www.VisitChillicotheOhio.com.

 

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The roar of the engines and the rooster tail plumes of water shooting skyward are the exciting sights and sounds you won’t want to miss. Hydroplane Racing comes to Celina, Ohio on Saturday & Sunday, August 23 & 24, 2014.  More than 20,000 spectators will line the shoreline along Lakeshore Drive in Celina, Ohio to witness this breath taking racing action.  Admission is FREE and there is no charge to park for those attending this exhilarating racing event.

 

There is a long and prestigious history of hydroplane boat racing in Celina, Ohio dating back to 1958.  That’s when Inboard Hydroplanes first roared across the waters of Grand Lake St Marys. The Regatta attracts over 60 boats and teams from throughout the Midwest and Canada every year.  

 

The racing action will begin at 10 am both days.  Don’t miss the Rooster Tail 5K Run on Sunday morning. There will be all you can eat pancake breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 7:30 to 11:30. Plenty of great food and adult beverages will be available during the weekend. Following the racing action on Saturday night enjoy free musical entertainment from County Mile and Erastus. 

 

There is no admission charge and parking is free.  So mark your calendar now for August 23 & 24, and don’t miss the Governor’s Cup Regatta Inboard Hydroplane races for a weekend of FREE FAMILY FUN!   For more information check out www.celinaevents.com.  
 

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AN AMISH MARATHON
 

Run with the Amish in the Annual Adams County Marathon on September 27, 2014.

 

It begins at the Amish Miller’s Furniture, Bakery & Bulk Foods in West Union, Ohio, east of Cincinnati. All participants completing the run will be awarded a unique Amish finisher medal. All participants receive a tee shirt and goody bag. Registration is online at WheatRidgeAmish.com.  Packets may be picked up at Miller’s stores located at 960 Wheat Ridge Road in West Union, Ohio.

 

This is also Amish harvest season when the seasons change from summer to autumn and Ohio prepares for this most festive period of fairs and festivals. The Wheat Ridge Amish homestead of the Miller family is nestled in southern Ohio Appalachia country making for a gorgeous day.

 

The Amish fun continues in October with the Wheat Ridge Old Thyme Herb & Harvest Celebration and the Annual Miller's Anniversary Customer Appreciation Day.

 

October 4, 2014 is the 37th Annual Miller's Anniversary Customer Appreciation Day. Visitors get a free 2015 Miller's calendar complete with 2015 sales dates and special event dates. The menu includes BBQ chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, fresh pie, homemade ice cream, coffee and soft drinks.

 

October  10 – 12, 2014 is the Wheat Ridge Old Thyme Herb Fair & Harvest Celebration. It is located at 817 Tater Ridge Rd. in West Union, Ohio. Call 937-544-8252 for more details about this event.

 

What started in a modest farmhouse has grown to a family business that features 34,000 square feet of Amish furniture under one roof. Plenty more outdoor furniture, gazebos and barns are just outside. Across the lot is a bulk foods store and the historic family bakery. More than 30 years after the first loaves of bread, pies and other baked goods filled the southwest Appalachia air with Miller’s baking fresh from the oven, a family celebrates their blessings. To show appreciation for the employees and customers they have fall appreciation events and cookouts offering numerous sales.

 

Miller’s Furniture Store provides a full-line of quality hand-crafted interior and outdoor furniture, including playhouses. Inside Miller’s Bakery & Gifts Store people can watch as the fresh baked goods come out of the kitchen oven. Miller’s Bulk Foods Store has a variety of special spices and ingredients to make just about anything. Their most popular items are the variety of meats, cheeses, jellies and homemade candy.

 

The Miller’s are continuing the family tradition dating back decades by providing the best possible Amish baked goods, Amish-made furniture and Amish bulk foods. This authentic Amish family-owned and operated business attracts folks from hundreds of miles away. Their motto developed over the years is “If we don’t have it, we make it.”

 

Miller’s Bakery, Furniture and Bulk Foods is open Monday through Saturday 9 – 5. They are located at 960 Wheat Ridge Road in West Union, Ohio 45693. You may call them at 937-544-8524 or visit Miller's online and even see a video.

 

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THE WACO STORY 
 

 

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Transport yourself back in time to when flying was a wonder and a joy to behold. You can see the fine details of the landscape below - things you never noticed from a plane before because everything is up close and personal.  Feel the wind on your face, and smell the flowers and fields below. The roar of the engine is all you can hear. Easy to fly … rugged and sturdy … and above all else, dependable … WACO earned the right to rank with the greatest airplanes ever built. The result was an aircraft that offered thrilling levels of performance together with luxurious accommodation. This is what WACO airplanes were designed for.

 

Founded in 1921 as Weaver Aircraft Company and located in Lorain, OH, the WACO Aircraft Company relocated to Troy in March 1923.  It was the first aircraft company to use assembly line production and shock strut landing gear. Leading all civilian aircraft production at a ratio of two to one from 1927-1929, the company had sales distributors in 24 countries worldwide.  The United States government became the prime contractor of WACO Aircraft Company’s troop/cargo gliders (CG-4A) used extensively during World War II.  The company also managed the United States Army’s glider program for 15 companies that produced gliders nationwide.  The last WACO, model W “Aristocraft” was built in Troy in June 1947.

 

The WACO Air Museum and Learning Center is located at 1865 S Co Rd 25A in Troy, OH and is Miami County’s best-kept secret.  The WACO Aircraft Company was the largest manufacturer of civil aircraft in the country in the late 1920's and early 30's and was the region’s largest employer.  The museum is dedicated to the preservation of the WACO Aircraft Company and the employees that made it great during the Golden Age of Flight. WACO is located right in the middle of the Aviation Trail which goes from Dayton to Wapakoneta, where there are numerous sites of interest.

 

The Learning Center strives to promote STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math) through its many programs for students throughout the year. Lectures of aviation interest held each month draw quite a crowd. The highlight of the entire year is a photographers dream with the WACO Homecoming and Fly-In. This year it will be held September 12-14 with the big day on Saturday. This is the opportunity for WACO’s to return to their origins.  Many other vintage aircraft also fly in to be part of the weekend celebration. There will be a children’s tent on Saturday with lots of activities. The Barnstormers radio control group thrill the crowd with a demonstration of their power and agility. A group of Model A cars will also be on hand to view and photograph. WACO bi-plane rides will take place all weekend.

 

The Museum is open Monday - Friday from 9 am – 2 pm and Saturday & Sunday from noon-5. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for students 7-17. Under 7 is free and there is a military discount of $1. A new audio tour is included with admission and will provide the museum goer with lots of interesting stories.

 

Some of what you will see at the museum:

  • 2 hangers with a total of 7 complete aircraft & 2 glider noses

  • Mock up of factory with genuine tools & office equipment

  • WACO simulator to practice your aviation skills

  • Picture time-line of all WACO's produced

  • Display of Hartzell propellers

  • "Brukmobile" and fuel truck

  • Glider information display

  • Gift shop with snacks

  • Civil Air Patrol display

  • Engines from various models of WACO's

  • Lots of pictures and other WACO memorabilia

WACO is handicap accessible and has 2 wheelchairs on site. Group tours are also available and can be scheduled by calling 937-335-9226. Visit http://www.homegrowngreat.com/ for more information about WACO and the surrounding area.

 

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"SIMPLIFY, SIMPLIFY"

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Henry David Thoreau’s words continue to ring true more than 150 years after he originally put them to paper.  He found his serenity in the woods and has motivated generations to seek solace in nature. 

 

Unlike Thoreau, most of us cannot go to the woods and live in a cabin for two years to find ourselves.  We can, however, vacation in the woods and discover the serenity he found at Walden Pond so many years ago.

 

Since the turn of the last century travelers have visited the Hocking Hills to connect with the natural world.  A getaway in a cabin surrounded by trees and wildlife is the perfect antidote for today’s schedule filled, busy life. 

 

Today there are more ways than ever before to be moved by the majesty of Mother Nature.  A Hocking Hills State Park hike will change your point of view.  Get a bird’s eye point of view on a zipline.  Get an explorer’s point of view in a canoe.  Get a new point of view from a past point of view.

 

Trek Theatre presents Bluegrass music every Saturday through August 30 on a simple outdoor stage nestled in a wooded alcove.  Before the music begins Shawnee storyteller, Ron Hatten, presents “Circle of Life”, an authentic Native American point of view of life and our connection to the natural world.  The story begins at 6 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. bluegrass concert.  Bring a picnic, folding chair or blanket and enjoy an evening of entertainment in the cool shade of this simple amphitheater.

 

Discover the rarely seen regions of the Hocking Hills with Hocking Hills Adventure Trek.  Try professionally guided rock climbing, rappelling, belly boat fishing, naturalist-led hikes and storytelling in the Hocking Hills.  Adventures are offered year-round and on-demand.

 

Explore the Hocking River at night on a moonlight tour.  Hocking Hills Adventures host moonlight tours on August 9 and September 7.  Hocking Hills Canoe Livery offers moonlight tours on August 9, September 6 and October 11.  Hocking Hills Canoe Livery also has New Moon Glow Floats on August 23, September 27 and October 18 when the river is illuminated with glow sticks.  Both outfitters provide all the equipment you need along with post-tour refreshments and entertainment.

 

Glide along the rugged paths taking in the sights, sounds, and scents of the natural surroundings on the new OFF-ROAD Segway® at Hocking Hills Canopy Tours.  Experienced personnel will train you to easily control your Segway, and then you are free to ride at your own pace in the designated Segway playground.  Next the OFF-ROAD Segway® Adventure will take you on a 1.5 to 2 hour guided nature tour.  As you master the Segway you'll discover ancient recessed caves, the scenic Hocking River, majestic old growth trees, native plants and wildlife... all in an up-close and personal way.

 

Soar like a bird along the newest zipline tour in the Canopy Tour Capital of the Midwest.  The new “X” TOUR, an “X-treme” zipline tour at Hocking Hills Canopy Tours.  A hybrid course design, using a combination of trees and towers, this cross-country style zipline boasts 11 zip lines that showcase many amazing Hocking Hills features. You'll sail above the rolling hills, zip into a hidden recessed cave, and cross the scenic Hocking River two times. This "X-citing", "X-hilarating", "X-treme" zipline tour will be sure to feed your adrenaline addiction!

 

Nothing could be simpler than a good pair of running shoes and a trail through the forest.  Test your endurance at the annual Hocking Hills Indian Run on September 20.  Choose your challenge by running 60k, 40k, 20k, 10k or 5k through vast wooded areas of the Hocking Hills State Park and Hocking State Forest.  You’re run crosses streams, past shimmering waterfalls, through deep gorges and lush forests, leading uphill and down.  The Indian Run is the ultimate trail run.  Registration and check-in is at the Hocking Hills State Park Dining Lodge.

 

Enjoy the simple things in life; a little time with Mother Nature, a secluded cabin in the woods, a relaxing evening of storytelling and music and a few adventures.  Visit Ohio’s Natural Crown Jewels – the Hocking Hills, close to home, a million miles from ho-hum.

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OHIO'S BUY WAY

 

 

Ohio's Biggest Yard Sale and the Route 127 Sale Intersect in Van Wert Ohio this year.

 

The 10th annual BUY-WAY Yard Sale begins Thursday, August 7 and runs through Saturday August 9, 2014 from the Indiana line east to Chester and Newell, West Virginia.  Van Wert, Ohio will again host both yard sales as the two routes cross through the center of town. The sales activity occurs by individuals and organizations along the Lincoln Highway, America's first paved transcontinental road which ran from New York to San Francisco, and roughly parallels US Route 30 in Ohio.


Travelers maps and guides for the Lincoln Highway are available at many service stations, convenience stores and mom n' pop retails across Ohio. This list will be updated a week prior to the 2014 sale for accuracy at www.historicbyway.com/yardsale.

 

Whether you call it a tag sale, a yard sale, garage sale, thrift sale...it is all about bargains waiting for you. Just about anything you want or need will be sitting along the road for you to purchase at bargain prices.  

"This event has become close to being a household word in the last ten years," said Mike Hocker, executive director of the Ohio-designated byway group, whose mission is economic development. The first year saw 250 yard sales across Ohio's portion of the historic Lincoln Highway, America's first coast-to-coast paved road. The sale population increased substantially each year, and parts of Indiana and Illinois soon joined in, with West Virginia now setting out goods, as well. Now Ohio, alone, offers over 1,200 individual sale events over the three day period.

 

This is a "win-win" for everyone by boosting our economy, offering some real savings for shoppers, and providing a fun and inexpensive vacation for the travelers. It is also our way of educating people about the history and culture of America's first coast-to-coast road.

 

Individual communities benefit by exposing travelers to the charms of their towns, their retails, attractions and restaurants. They've got to buy gas, too," Hocker said. "It also gives churches and organizations like local scouts and civic clubs to make money for their causes. Communities are also adding community-wide sales with local shopping maps, festivals, concerts, car shows and rallies, food and kids' activities...all to make the event more enjoyable for those traveling."

An official Traveler's Guide that includes a map of Ohio's Lincoln Highway alignments along with listings of many yard sales and community events along the way will be available at convention and visitor bureaus and chambers along the way in late July. Look for local newspapers with special insert maps for the sales in that area, too, helping merchants and businesses get a little more of the pie.

BUY-WAY Yard Sale participants in any state may list their yard sale information on the byway website – http://www.historicbyway.com – which shoppers can then print out and use to navigate their shopping. The Facebook page, "Ohio Lincoln Highway Historic Byway" also will have the latest information posted.

For more information call 419-468-6773.

 

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This month's recipient of
The Ohio STANDOUT Award

Ohio Renaissance Festival: Call it the king of festivals. This incredibly entertaining event is a standout in Ohio tourism because it thrills folks of all ages for more than 50 consecutive days every fall. Side splitting laughter and jaw dropping reactions are plentiful throughout the 30 acre 16th century village where about 100 shows are featured on 11 stages daily. Sword fighting, full armored jousting and humorous storytelling are only part of the adventure. Period craftsmen, artisans and food peddlers add to the merriment. But it’s the number of folks in full costume and accent that make this festival come alive. As do the musicians and dancing. Learn more about this great event at http://www.renfestival.com/.

 

This award recognizes Ohio's truest standouts in tourism. More details about the award and all award recipients are at www.ohiotraveler.com/standouts.htm.

 

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WOMEN'S HISTORY WALK
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Stroll through picturesque downtown Oberlin while learning about women’s rights and the fight to secure them in the Oberlin Heritage Center’s newest guided tour aptly titled “One Step More.”   

 

The 75-minute history walk is being offered Wednesday evenings in August at 6:30 p.m.  Reservations are necessary and may be made at www.oberlinheritagecenter.org or by calling (440) 774-1700.  The fee is $6 for adults, while OHC members, children and college students are free.  

 

In 1834, “founding father” John J. Shipherd pledged Oberlin’s commitment to “the elevation of  the female character” through education.  Little did he know, there was dynamite in that promise, and women carried the matches.   The Oberlin Heritage Center’s newest walking tour explores how Oberlin confronted and defined issues of femininity in the 19th and 20th centuries.   Hear stories of powerful Oberlin women including Lucy Stone, Marianne Parker Dascomb, Adelia Field Johnston, Mary Church Terrell, and Lucy Stanton Day, and learn how they used John J. Shipherd’s promise to shape what it meant to be a woman in Oberlin and in the United States.    

 

The Heritage Center offers several other themed history walks this summer and fall as well.  The Freedom’s Friends (Underground Railroad) History Walk begins at 11 a.m. each Saturday in August.  The Scholars & Settlers (Tappan Square) History Walk takes place Sundays in August at 1 p.m.  The Radicals & Reformers (Westwood Cemetery) History Walk is offered Saturdays in September at 11 a.m.  For the younger set, the Heritage Center will lead an “I Spy Oberlin: History & Architecture Scavenger Hunt” on the first Saturday of August and September from 3-4 p.m.  Designed for children ages 5-11 with an adult companion, this tour combines fun and learning as participants are encouraged to keep their eyes peeled for historic markers, decorative details and Oberlin oddities.  Each of the history walks includes a fee and reservations may be made at www.oberlinheritagecenter.org or by calling (440) 774-1700. 

 

For more information about tours, history walks, and other special events at the Oberlin Heritage Center, visit www.oberlinheritagecenter.org, call (440) 774-1700, or stop by the Monroe House main office at 73 ½ South Professor Street during business hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.   

 

As an added bonus, participate in the new “Windows of Oberlin” Scavenger Hunt. Are Your Eyes Sharp Enough to Win? 

 

If you have an eye for detail, try the new Oberlin Heritage Center fun-for-all-ages scavenger hunt with its focus on 20 notable windows located through campus and town.  Download the free scavenger hunt at www.oberlinheritagecenter.org or pick up a form at the Monroe House (73½ South Professor Street) to get started.  Those who return their answer sheets by September 1, 2014 with every window identified receive two free tour tickets for the Upstairs/Downstairs tour of the Heritage Center’s three historic buildings.  Participants also will be entered into a drawing for a free membership and a book of their choice from the OHC Museum Store. 

 

For more information about the Oberlin Heritage Center and upcoming events and tours, visit www.oberlinheritagecenter.org, call (440) 774-1700, or stop by the Monroe House main office at 73 ½ South Professor Street during business hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

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