The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a museum of conscience, an education center, a convener of dialogue, and a beacon of light for inclusive freedom around the globe. Its mission is to reveal stories of freedom’s heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, challenging and inspiring everyone to take courageous steps of freedom today.
Explore North America’s largest ancient hilltop enclosure built 2,000 years ago by the Hopewell people. The site, thought to have served as a social and ceremonial gathering place, is on the short list for World Heritage status along with other ceremonial earthworks built by the Hopewell. Experience an on-site museum, recreated American Indian garden and three miles of hiking trails with scenic overlooks.
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Located in the hometown of the Wright Brothers, this sprawling park features five National Historic Landmarks and a National Register Historic District which include the Wright Cycle Company building, Hoover Block, Huffman Prairie Flying Field, 1905 Wright Flyer III, Hawthorn Hill, and the Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial. Together these sites tell the stories of the lives and legacies of Wilbur Wright, Orville Wright, and Paul Laurence Dunbar.
The Ohio History Center is our state’s history museum and the headquarters of the Ohio History Connection. While there, you can walk through a fully-furnished 1950s prefabricated house, explore an exhibit all about Ohio sports, learn about your genealogy in the archives, see an exquisite collection of restored Civil War battle flags, take a selfie with the Conway mastodon and walk back in time at Ohio Village, a recreated 19th-century town on the property.
Built in the Greek Revival style and consisting primarily of Columbus limestone, construction began in 1839 and concluded in 1861. It was here in 1861 that Abraham Lincoln was notified that he had officially been elected President of the United States by the Electoral College. Highlights of the magnificent Statehouse include a large-scale marble and limestone floor map of Ohio’s 88 counties and a stunning rotunda which features a 29-foot-wide skylight with a hand-painted Great Seal of Ohio at its center.
Located in Marietta, the first permanent settlement in the Northwest Territory, the museum tells the story of Marietta’s founding and the creation of the Northwest Territory which played a pivotal role in our nation’s history. Here you can view the remains of ancient civilizations discovered by the settlers and walk through two of the oldest buildings in Ohio: The Rufus Putnam House and The Ohio Company Land Office.
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The village, founded in 1772 as a Moravian mission among the Delaware Indians, is the site of several Ohio firsts—settlement, church, schoolhouse and code of laws. While touring the reconstructed Delaware Indian mission community, see log buildings, gardens and the original mission cemetery.
Located on 285 beautiful acres, here you can visit memorials for some of the nation’s most famous and influential people including captains of industry, sports legends, and political leaders such as President James A. Garfield. Your trip isn’t complete without a visit to the Wade Memorial Chapel with its stunning interior designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Located at Spiegel Grove, a 25-acre wooded estate, the Hayes Presidential Library & Museum is the nation’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. The estate also includes the 31-room Victorian home of Rutherford and Lucy Hayes, the tomb of the president and first lady and a mile of paved walking trails. Entrances to Spiegel Grove are marked with the original White House gates used during Hayes’ presidency.
Named for Oliver Hazard Perry who led the American forces in a decisive naval victory at the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812, the memorial was established to honor those who fought in the battle and to celebrate the long-lasting peace among Great Britain, Canada and the U.S. The memorial features a Doric column rising 352 feet over Lake Erie on South Bass Island in Put-In-Bay.