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Historic Square Arts District in Nelsonville

One of the Hocking Hills region's historical and cultural landmarks is the Historic Victorian Public Square in Nelsonville. This charming arts destination is home to an eclectic array of shops, restaurants, and artisan galleries, as well as the beautifully restored Stuart's Opera House. The Opera House was orginally built in 1879 and today serves as the hub of this very active arts community.

Throughout the year, Stuart's offers a variety of musical and theatrical performances by top national, regional and local artists. (For the latest information on upcoming shows call 740-753-1924 or check out the website at Stroll the streets and sidewalks made of the famous Star Bricks and marvel at the graceful Victorian architecture. Visit the galleries of Starbrick Clay, The Majestic Galleries, Paper Circle, Nelsonville Quilt Company, and Nelsonville Pottery and Gifts.  Enjoy a cup o' joe at FullBrooks Cafe or grab a bite to eat at the Mine Tavern (we recommend the cheeseburgers). And on the Final Friday of every month (except December), the Square celebrates the evening with additional art, music, and food from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Historic Square Arts District
Nelsonville Public Square

Nelsonville, Ohio 45764

Phone Number(s)

Local Number: (740) 753-4346
Toll-Free: (800) 878-9767


Sunday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Special Hours: Final Friday events have extended hours. Check with individual stores regarding hours of operation


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Cash, Check, Debit Card, Discover, Mastercard, Visa


Street Parking: 0.25 - 0.50

Victorian Nelsonville Public Square

Visit the historic Nelsonville Public Square, tour restored Stuart's Opera House, visit Foothills School & Baird Gallery, and have a cup o'joe at Fullbrook's Cafe

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  • Nature Retreat
    by Discover Ohio

    Get away from the hustle and bustle of ‘reality’ and take a few days to enjoy a tranquil and invigorating retreat in Southeast Ohio.

    Start off with a "Bliss" massage at the Glenlaurel Scottish Inn & Spa. Follow up with a fine dining experience by candlelight at the Inn's restaurant. Are you up to the challenge of a six-course meal?

    The next day hit the trails with a hike through Zaleski State Forest, the second largest in Ohio. After working up an appetite, stop by the Sandstone restaurant in Logan, then stick around to shop at the Historic Square Arts Center in Nelsonville. You’ll see an eclectic array of shops, restaurants and artisan galleries. Don’t miss the beautifully restored Stuart’s Opera House, built in 1879. 

    That evening, enjoy dinner at Ravenwood Castle. Three large stained glass windows and an enormous stone fireplace complete the fairy tale adventure inside the castle.

    Day 3, trek to Old Man’s Cave, one of the premier destinations for visitors to Hocking Hills State Park. The area features breathtaking scenery of Ohio's natural wonders.

    Conclude your adventure with dinner at the Inn at Cedar Falls. The restaurant is inside a log cabin, originally built in the 1840s and offers a unique dining experience.

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