Are you looking for a change of scenery to recharge this summer; a getaway to relax? Then make it happen with a road trip to surround yourself in the charm of the Appalachian foothills of southern Ohio. You can reconnect with nature, immerse yourself in exciting activities , savor mouth-watering flavors, and acquaint yourself with unique shops. The scenic, rolling hills surrounding Chillicothe provide the perfect backdrop for your late summer escape.
If you are looking for excitement, then your visit must include the spectacular production of “Tecumseh!” Outdoor Drama! As the performance unfolds on stage, audiences will be surrounded by the action as galloping horses ride onto the stage and military canons fire. The production runs now through Labor Day weekend.
The awe-inspiring ancient earthworks at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park are a must-see during your visit. Not only will you reconnect with nature, but you will have the opportunity to walk where ancient American Indian ancestors gathered for their special celebrations. Park Rangers can help you discover this fascinating culture who constructed enormous earthen architecture and spectacular mounds. Learn how these sites were built and replicated throughout the region, and about their special alignments to lunar and solar events.
Have you ever wondered what life was like in the 19th century? Tour the historic mansion at Adena Mansion & Gardens, where you will learn about life in the 1800’s and about the Worthington family who originally lived on the grounds. Thomas Worthington is the most famous, as he is best known as the “Father of Ohio Statehood” for his role during the debate of Ohio becoming the 17th state of the union. When your guided tour is complete, stroll through the huge gardens and outbuildings to discover more about day – to – day life in the past. You can witness the view that inspired the background of the Great Seal of Ohio.
Don’t miss the wide array of exhibits that the Ross County Heritage Center has available. You’ll find fascinating old vehicles that were used during the early days such as horse-drawn transportation. There are also amazing American Indian artifacts, military exhibits, vintage toys, and an exquisite railroad display.
Reconnecting with nature has a plethora of opportunities nearby with five State Parks and numerous city and county parks. A favorite is best known as “Buzzard’s Roost” which rewards you with spectacular views of vertical cliffs of sandstone and shale on the South Point Lookout Trail. Make sure to stop by the Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau’s office to get your free copy of the Ross County Trail Guide.
Become part of the local community during your visit when you visit historic downtown Chillicothe. Here you will find fun and unique shops. You will also find plenty of flavor with locally owned and operated restaurants, coffee shops, and bakeries. A fun way to explore downtown is by jumping on the Chillicothe Trolley to see the whole downtown and architecture.
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