2013 vacation

by Scarlett H.

George and Scarlett vacation


Tour Stops

  • Underground Railroad Freedom Trail

    The Clermont County Ohio Freedom Trail contains 33 sites, 19 of which are approved to the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Currently, the Clermont Freedom Trail contains the largest Network to Freedom program in the nation. This trail of Underground Railroad and Abolitionist sites is outlined in a brochure with maps and historical summations. The Clermont County Freedom Trail is a great additional attraction for those planning to visit the new National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Museum. Clermont County is conveniently located just east of Cincinnati, and some sites are on the way to the Rankin House in Brown County. To request a copy of the driving guide publication, contact the Clermont County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-796-4282 or download online at: Suggested itineraries and special services are available for groups and motorcoach visitors.

    • Address: 410 E. Main St.
      PO Box 100
      Batavia, Ohio 45103
    • Phone: Local Number: 513-732-3600
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  • Robbins Crossing

    Robbins Crossing is a small pioneer village made up of several log cabin style structures. Located on the campus of Hocking College in Nelsonville, the special visitors center serves as a unique lab for students learning interpretive services at the college. On weekends from Memorial Day through the end of October, costumed interpreters recreate the people and settings of a 19th-century southeastern Ohio community.

    Robbins Crossing can be seen by the public throughout the year and is open for private parties and catering events. Contact Hocking College for more information.

    • Address: 3301 Hocking Parkway
      Nelsonville, Ohio 45764
    • Phone: Local Number: 7407533591
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  • 19th Century Jefferson Depot Village Tours

    1890 becomes ALIVE as you enter the gates into the historic 19th Century Jefferson Depot Village. Costumed tour guides invite you to peek into the past as you stroll thru the 1872  Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad Station, 1918 PRR Caboose, 1848 "Church in the Wildwood", 1849 Barn, 1888 Victorian House, 1838 One-Room Schoolhouse, 1860 Pharmacy, Century General Store, 1845 Post Office, Blacksmith Shop and the 1816 J. Warner Tavern.  See restoration in progress on the Carriage House, 1860 Library and Outhouse in the quaint Depot Village in Ashtabula County.

    • Address: 147 East Jefferson Street
      P. O. Box 22
      Jefferson, Ohio 44047
    • Phone: Local Number: 4405760496
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  • Magnolia Flouring Mills

    Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000, the five-story Magnolia Flouring Mills preserve the history of the small town, agricultural communities of rural Stark County. Built in 1834 by Richard Elson along the route of the Sandy & Beaver Canal, this iconic landmark remained in the Elson family for 171 years before being acquired by the Stark County Park District in 2005.A visit to the mill showcases how innovation, transportation, and community connections transformed the Magnolia Flouring Mills from small town mill to nationally recognized producer, capable of winning gold medals at two World’s Fairs! Visitors to the mill will see a variety of milling techniques and equipment from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Locally milled cornmeal, birdseed, animal feeds, and farm products can be purchased.Reservations for school and group tours are available upon request at 330.409.8096.

    • Address: 261 N Main St
      Magnolia OH, Ohio 44643
    • Phone: Local Number: 3308663354
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  • Hocking Valley Scenic Railway

    The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway transports passengers back to a simpler time when the locomotive was the most efficient form of transportation. The passenger cars, meticulously restored by volunteers, are historic treasures unto their own: a former B&O heavyweight combination baggage and passenger car built in 1918, three Rock Island commuter cars built in the 1920s, and the latest addition – a heavyweight day-coach railcar which originally served the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad through the 1950s.

    The cars run on the same tracks used in the late 1800s and early 1900s to transport coal to central Ohio and on up to Lake Erie.  Rain or shine, trains depart from Nelsonville’s Station (US 33 at Hocking Parkway) every weekend from the first Saturday after April 15 through the first weekend of November. Saturday & Sunday Departures: 14-mile round trip to Haydenville: noon (1 hour 45 min. ride)
    22-mile round trip to Logan: 2:30 PM (2 hour 15 min. ride) Don't miss the special Robbery, Easter, Fall Foliage, New Year's Eve, and Santa Trains, or the North Pole Express!

    • Address: 33 W. Canal St.
      Nelsonville, Ohio 45764
    • Phone: Voicemail: 800-967-7834
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  • John S. Yoder Home

    Learn more about the Amish and Mennonite culture of Ohio's Amish County, while tour guides show you life in an authentic 1869 Amish home. Located behind Beachy's Country Chalet restaurant in Sugarcreek, Ohio.

    • Address: 115 Andreas Drive
      Sugarcreek, Ohio 44681
    • Phone: Local Number: 3308524644
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  • End of the Commons General Store

    End of the Commons General Store is Ohio’s oldest general store located 45 minutes east of Cleveland, in the scenic Amish community of Mesopotamia, Ohio where Geauga, Ashtabula &Trumbull counties meet. We are on the Register of Historic Places and have preserved the building, while maintaining a large display of antiques, dating to the mid 1800’s. Today, the 15,000 square foot retail store is reminiscent of days gone by; one will find a treasure of old fashioned goods, hard to find kitchen gadgets, bulk foods, Amish baked goods, homemade fudge, glass bottle soda pop, gifts & gourmet foods.  During the summer months one may find the owners car collection dating from 1914 parked outside. We provide memories and treats from the past.

    • Address: 8719 State Route 534
      Mesopotamia, Ohio 44439
    • Phone: Local Number: 4406934295
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