Ohio Historic Sites

Ohio Historic Sites

Here's where to see how your Ohio kin lived.

Campus Martius Museum

601 Second St.

Marietta, OH 45750

(800) 860-0145


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

(800) 283-8916


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

(877) 648-4838


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

(614) 297-2300


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

(330) 456-8207


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

(800) 752-2631


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

(800) 590-9755


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

(800) 752-2757


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

(800) 262-6137


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.

Visitor Information

Ohio Division of Travel and Tourism

Box 1001

Columbus, OH 43216

(800) 282-5393


From the July 2008 Family Tree Magazine

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