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Pickaway County Fair
Pickaway County Fairgrounds
415 Lancaster Pike (SR 22 East)
Circleville, OH 43113

The Pickaway County Fair is a great time for the entire family! Enjoy a variety of grandstand events such as: Demolition Derby, Truck & Tractor Pulls, Motorcross, & Harness Racing. Spend all day on the amusement rides, looking at the various displays, and watching our local youth show off their hard work.
(740) 474-2085
http://www.pickawaycountyfair.org/

Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm

Slate Run Metro Park
1375 State Route 674 N.
Canal Winchester, OH 43110
(Northern Pickaway County)
www.metroparks.net

The Slate Run Living Historical Farm is one of the most culturally significant sites in central Ohio. At this farm rural agricultural life as it was in the 1880s can be found. The buildings, machinery, livestock, plants, and crops are typical of those found on farms one hundred years ago.

Slate Run brings together the many elements that make Ohio so beautiful. Everything from wooded, rolling hills and steep ridges to wetlands and farmed areas can be found here.

The Metro Park's beauty can best be experienced by hiking on one of the nature trails. Sugar Maple Trail winds through ravines and ridgetops that were formed from Berea sandstone wearing away to reveal the shale underneath. Five Oaks Trail is named for the five species of oak trees that can be seen while walking on the trail. A variety of wildflowers, animals, birds, and fishes are also observed when hiking through this park. For More information on the park write to:

Metro Parks
PO Box 29169
Columbus, OH 43229
For farm tours call 614-833-1880
Park Office 614-891-0700

Green's Heritage Museum
10530 Thrailkill Rd.
Orient, OH 43146
Local Phone: (614) 877-4254

What will impress a person the most about Green's Heritage Museum is the extent to which the proprietor, William Green, has gone to collect the variety of buildings and pieces found here. An assortment of collectibles from toy trains, to model tractors, to a collection of bikes, visitors will be amazed by the variety and number of items the Green's have acquired through their life. And, probably the highlight of a visit is admiring the 50 some pieces of antique horse drawn carriages including an Abbott & Downing Mud Coach. From a 1799 Smoke House to the 1930s White Castle Restaurant, all of the 14 buildings represent a unique part of central Ohio's history.

Ted Lewis Museum
133 W. Main St., Box 492
Circleville, OH 43113
Phone: (740) 477-3630
www.TedLewisMuseum.org

Circleville's most famous son, Ted Lewis, for which the city park is named for, is remembered in the Ted Lewis Museum. Ted Lewis had one of the very first recognized jazz bands and for whom many other well known musicians including: Beeny Goodman, Fats Waller, the Dorseys, got their start.

The museum is housed in the only remaining building from the original town circle and has a small theater which runs early TV and movie clips recalling the jazz entertainer's popularity. Memorabilia like his clarinet, old top hat and sheet music, 'When My Baby Smiles at Me,' are found here organizing his career and hometown roots.

Pickaway County Historical Museums

Ohio's Small Town Museum
34 Long St.
Ashville, OH 43103
740-983-9864
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A one-of-a kind museum that will warm the heart and stimulate the mind is what can be found in the small community of Ashville. This museum has been nationally recognized on the Oprah Winfrey Show, in the book, New Roadside America, and by the Sunday New York Times.

The Musuem has a display which tells about the silver nuggets unearthed at the Snake Den Mounds and gives information about famous writers, inventors, politicians, entertainers, and the not-so-famous who once lived in this railroad boom town.

The Musuem is open to the public free of charge all year from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Call the museum at 740-983-9864 to arrange a tour or leave a message.

Clarke May Museum, The Clarke-May House
162 W. Union St.
Circleville, OH 43113
(740) 474-1495
pcwyhist@ohiohills.com

This museum is full of interesting local history including Indian and Pioneer Artifacts, Pickaway County Memorabilia and Prints of Nests and Eggs of Ohio Birds by the Jones Family. It is home to the Pickaway County Historical and has a large meeting room incorporated in the old family kitchen. Hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or other times by appointment.

Mount Oval Historical Farmhouse
3601 Emerson Road
Circleville, OH 43113

Mount Oval, a Pickaway County Historic Landmark, was built in 1832 by William and Jane Boggs Renick. T he name stems from its construction on an oval shaped knoll on the Pickaway Plains south of Circleville, Ohio along the old Scioto Trail, which is now US Route 23. In the Archives of Early American Architecture at the Library of Congress in Washington, D. C., Mount Oval is recognized among the early homes of Ohio for its unique design, excellent craftsmanship and beauty of detail.

Tours are available by reservation only by contacting the Pickaway County Historical Society at 740-474-1495. Suggested donations are: $7 Adults, $5 Students/Seniors, Free for children under 12. For more information, visit the Pickaway County Historical Society website at www.pickawayhistory.org.

Pickaway County Public Library
1160 North Court St
Circleville, OH 43113
Local Phone: 740-477-2855
Toll Free: 888-268-3756
Fax: 740-474-2855
www.pickawaylib.org
pickaway@ohionet.org
Directions:
Take Route 23 to the Route 22 exit East, go two blocks, turn left on to Court Street, library is 1.3 miles on the right.

Floyd E. Younkin Branch Library
51 Long Street
Ashville, OH 43103
Local Phone: 740-983-8856

This library stands as a lasting tribute to the vision, effort, and commitment of a caring community and was dedicated December 16th, 1999.

Ohio Erie Canal
The Pickaway County Historical & Genealogical Society aquired a 2.5 mile long section of the Ohio Erie Canal in 1999. Located in Wayne township along Canal Road, it stretches from the old Penn Central Railroad right-of-way south to the Scioto River access maintained by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, near where the old village of Westfall once flourished. The canal is maintained as an historical, educational, and recreational are open to the public.

Construction on the Ohio Erie Canal was begun in 1825. The Canal reached Circleville in 1831 and by 1835 linked the interior of the state with Lake Erie on the North and the Ohio River on the South. This gave the Ohio farmer and merchant access to the markets on the East Coast, a great boom to the economy of the state's interior. The Canal cost $4,695,000 and was 333 miles from Portsmouth to Cleveland. The trip by canal boat took about 80 hours. It was slow, but one horse could pull a canal boat laden with freight that would require several wagons and 30 horses to pull over land.

The coming of the railroad about the middle of the 19th century was the beginning of the end of the Canal Era in Ohio, but the canal was in use until 1913. The aqueduct at Circleville which carried canal boats across the Scioto River was the longest on the canal. There were 152 locks along the route.

The Historical & Genealogical Society and many volunteers have spent countless hours cleaning up the old canal and developing the Canal Park, located on Canal Road. Kayaking and canoeing are just some of the many activities you can find along the canal. For more information please contact the Pickaway County Historical Society at (740) 474-1495 or email them at pkwymuseum@yahoo.com

Hours:
Tuesday thru Friday
1:00 to 4:00 pm

November thru March 31st- Wednesday & Thursday and by appointment

Pickaway County Historical and Genealogical Library
210 N. Court St.
Circleville, OH 43113
(740) 474-9144
http://www.pchgl.org/
pkwyhist@pchgl.org

Genealogical Library and Historical Displays. Research Library open to public Tuesday through Friday l-4 p.m. and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Facility houses both genealogical and historical research materials - obituaries, cemetery records, photos, family records, scrapbooks, ledgers, tax records, deeds, Pickaway County census and newspapers. We have the Pickaway County Probate Court records 1810-1955 and Common Pleas records 1810-1910. For more information, please call or contact by email pkwyhist@ohiohills.com.

Roundtown Players Community Theater
165 1/2 E. Main St.
Circleville OH, 43113
Local Phone: (740) 474-5856
Circleville Memorial Hall
www.RoundtownPlayers.com
http://rtpchildrenstheatre.blogspot.com
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A ghost wearing a blue uniform is seen in mirrors at Circleville's Memorial Hall. Toilets sometimes flush by themselves. Since Civil War veterans built the Hall in 1890, it's possible that he's one of them. The Memorial is where Circleville's accomplished Roundtown Players put on productions all through the year. According to an actor who contacted me, the ghost there is known as Charlie, and although he appears to be benevolent, he scares animals pretty badly. One dog nearly went insane after being closed in upstairs.

Directions:
Theatre is in the historical Memorial Hall on the second floor. Enter the Main Street Door.
Located on the southwest corner of Main (USR 22) and Pickaway Streets in Circleville.
Local Drama Troupe

Stages Pond State Nature Preserve
4792 Hagerty Road
Ashville, OH 43103




Stage's Pond State Nature Preserve, dedicated August 23, 1974, is nature's own monument to the great ice fields which once covered most of Ohio 17,000 years ago. Stage's Pond is an example of one of the distinctive features of glaciated areas, a kettle lake. As the glacier receded from this part of present-day Pickaway County, an immense chunk of ice broke free and remained behind to be covered with accumulating sands, gravels, and other glacial debris washing off the melting glacier. When the land-locked ice mass finally melted, it left a great depression in the landscape.

Circleville Raceway Park
This state of the art asphalt road course is one of the premiere facilities in Ohio and features professional kart and motorcycle racing from April through October.   The track has such amenities as a drive through high-tech digital scale, both magnetic and AMB timing loops, board meeting rooms, a double grid for 40 karts, on site ambulance, and a concession stand.  Racing kart rentals $1.50 per lap.
Observation tickets $10.00 adults; $8.00 children
19413 USR 23 N
Circleville, OH  (740) 412-4129
www.CirclevilleRaceway.com

Deer Creek State Park
20635 Waterloo Rd.
Mt. Sterling, OH 43143
740-869-3124
www.ohiostateparks.org

Enjoy an overnight stay at the Deer Creek Lodge, the camping facilities, or rent out the Harding Cabin (once a presidential retreat). While you're there, enjoy golfing, tennis, hiking, biking, swimming and fishing. Stop in at the marina and rent a jet ski or take a boat out for the day. Maybe even a picnic would satisfy you after a day at the beach. There's just so much to do at Deer Creek State Park. Also visit the Deer Creek Dam, run by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Manchester Hill Winery
13160 Tarlton Rd
Circleville OH 43113
614-571-0750
http://www.manchesterhill.com

This four-acre micro farm along the Village of Tarlton features a Winery and Bed and Breakfast. The McGraths raise chickens, ducks and geese as well as two goats. The Bed and Breakfast Cottage is available by reservation. The Winery retail area and farm market is open 4-9 p.m. Fridays, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and weekdays by appointment.

 

For More Information on Attractions in Pickaway County, Contact:

Pickaway County Visitors Bureau
Phone: 740-474-3636, 888-770-PICK
Email: info@pickaway.com

 

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