• Campus Martius Museum
601 Second St.
Marietta, OH 45750
Located on the site of the Ohio Company of Associates’ first settlement, this museum highlights migration into Ohio. The restored home of Marietta founder Rufus Putnam is inside a wing of the museum; the Ohio Company’s land office is out back.
• Fort Meigs
29100 W. River Road
Perrysburg, OH 43552
William Henry Harrison built Fort Meigs on northwestern Ohio’s Maurnee River in 1813 to protect the area from British invasion. The 10-acre log enclosure survived two assaults that year; today’s reconstruction is one of the largest log forts in America.
• National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 E. Freedom Way
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Located on the Ohio River in a pivotal Underground Railroad town, the center focuses on American slaves’ struggles for freedom. Exhibits include an 1800s slave pen and a visual journey through three centuries of slavery.
• Ohio Historical Center
1982 Velma Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211
Just downstairs from the Ohio state archives, this museum explains Ohio’s past from prehistoric cultures to today. An Adena pipe and Civil War battle flags are among the artifacts here.
• Pro Football Hall of Fame
2121 George Halas Drive NW
Canton, OH 44708
This tribute to football history is located where the American Professional Football Association now the NFL was founded. See exhibits on football history, Canton Bulldogs legend Jim Thorpe and, of course, the sport’s Hall of Famers.
• Quaker Meeting House
State Route 150 and State Route 647
Mount Pleasant, OH 43939
Built in 1814 and used until 1909, this was the first Quaker yearly meetinghouse west of the Alleghenies.
• Sauder Village
22611 State Route 2
Archbold, OH 43502
At this living history museum, costumed staff interpret life in a mid-1800s rural community. Visit the Great Black Swamp, Natives and Newcomers exhibit and more.
• Serpent Mound
3850 State Route 73
Peebles, OH 45660
Historians still debate whether to attribute this unusual quarter-mile-long serpent-shaped effigy to the Adena, Hopewell or Fort Ancient culture. Walk a pathway along the base of the mound and stop in the nearby museum.
• Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor
151 W.Wood St.
Youngstown, OH 44501
The iron and steel industries were the lifeblood of Northeast Ohio during the 1800s and 1900s. See what workers’ lives were like at this museum.
• Ohio Division of Travel and Tourism
Columbus, OH 43216