315 S Broad St Lancaster, Ohio 43130 (MAP)
(740) 653-1010, Fax: (740) 653-2915
Hours Monday-Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 12pm to 4pm, Nov-March
Children love the hands-on activites. Something for all the little ones.
105 E Wheeling St Lancaster, Ohio 43130 (MAP)
Museum hours are: Open T-Sun 1-4 P.M.; April-Nov, Dec. weekends only. - by appt. Jan-March Closed Holidays including Thanksgiving Eve.
Admission fees apply.
The Maccraken Mansion
Marvel at Samuel Maccracken's 1832 mansion restored to its original architectural grandeur and furnished with exceptional period pieces. Many of the antique furnishings were owned by the Maccracken Family and others were made by Fairfield County's master craftsmen.
A display of Erickson Glass, formerly made in Bremen, Ohio, is available for viewing.
This historic house was built by Daniel Sifford using Asher Benjamin\'s Handbook for Carpenters and represents the best of American and Georgian architecture.
Fundraising Events include: Theme Teas offered in July and December House Tour or Garden Tour offered in alternate years. Cemetery Tour with re-enactors of famous and infamous Lancaster Citizens offered in October Candlelight Tour of historic churches in downtown Lancaster, Ohio performing Christmas Music December
157 E Fair Ave, Lancaster, Ohio 43130 (MAP)
Admission is free.
Fairgrounds is open dawn to dusk. Buildings are open by appointment or during the Fairfield County Fair each year early in October.
Historic Buildings Of interest are the old buildings and structures that have been preserved from the 1800's and early 1900's: Wooden Grandstand, Carroll, Ohio C & O Depot, Pioneer Cabin, Weakley School House, Joe Arnold Country Store, Round Cattle Barn, Replica of 1930 Gas Station, Original Flora Hall, Roley Covered Bridge
Contact Dave Benson (740)653-3041 for an appointment.
2151 W. Fair Avenue Lancaster, Ohio 43130 (MAP)
A young minister, Rev. William Holliday, held a camp meeting the summer of 1872 at Logan, Ohio. That meeting became the foundation of the Lancaster Camp Ground. Later encampments were held at Logan and then Carroll, Ohio before relocation to our present site off of Fair Avenue, Lancaster, Ohio. Here on the 'hilltop' since 1878, the Lancaster Camp Ground Meeting & Assembly has made its permanent home. Davis Auditorium used for camp meetings at the Lancaster Camp Ground is on the National Register of Historic Districts and is currently in need of restoration. See the Lancaster Camp Ground Website for details.
The Lancaster Camp Ground was laid out with the center stake driven in what was to be the heart of the camp meeting's auditorium. Roads were planned to radiate out from it like the spokes on a wheel. These spokes soon became linked with tents to accommodate the many camp meeting participants attending services on the grounds.
Beginning in the 1880's these tents were rapidly replaced by cottages to provide more convenient accommodations. Of the approximately 400 cottages built, about 250 remain and many of them are in near original condition. The preservation of these historic cottages and other venerable buildings resulted in the Lancaster Camp Ground being designated a National Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987 by the National Park Service.
The Chautauqua Movement arrived at the Lancaster Camp Ground in the early 1890's and the increased attendance of those who were coming for the very popular Chautauqua programs necessitated a need for a larger worship/program center.
A Pennsylvania railroad bridge engineer designed this magnificent structure, built in 1895, it has a wooden trussed bridge design supporting the roof. The building, 120 feet square, with no interior support columns, gives an unobstructed view of a large stage that occupies the south side of the building and there are wooden pews capable of seating up to 2,500 people.
Currently a fundraising campaign is underway to preserve this historical building and maintain it for future generations. See our website to give a tax deductible donation toward this worthy cause.
162 E Main St Lancaster, Ohio 43130 (MAP)
In 1806, a Mr. Giani, an Italian immigrant and ardent Catholic built this home on a lot purchased from Jacob & Peter Fetters. The one story brick structure is thought to be the oldest brick structure still standing in the state of Ohio.
In 1817 the first Catholic Mass was said in the original brick structure owned at the time by Michael Garaghty. Mr. Garaghty, a local banker, hired Isaiah Vorys, Sr., prominent local builder, to built an addition to his home. This was done between 1824-1826. John Mumaugh purchased the house in 1857. His last descendant, a daughter May Frances, died in 1929 leaving the homestead to the city of Lancaster to be a memorial to her father and to be used as a culture center and meeting place especially for women.
Fairfield County Foundation The city of Lancaster gave the Mumaugh Memorial to the Fairfield County Foundation in May of 2002. The Foundation maintains the property and occupies the back section as its offices.
Historic items of interested include Elizabeth Sherman Reese DAR display of memorabilia.
1570 Granville Pike Lancaster, Ohio 43130 (MAP)
Admission is free. Open library hours. Call for times.
Antique Farm Implements
Small collection of antique farm implements collected by Herb Turner.
Charles Goslin Nature Journal Collection
Charles Goslin was a naturalist in Fairfield County, Ohio and kept logs of his walks around the county. His historic journals are kept nearby.
124 W Main St Lancaster, Ohio 43130 (MAP)
Hours & Fees Museum hours are: Tuesday - Sunday 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. except for Nov-Jan Tuesday-Saturday Closed Mondays, Sundays. Closed on holidays. Open by appointment other hours.
Admission fees: Adults $6, Seniors $5 and Students $3.
History The establishment of the Ohio Glass Museum incorporated in 2002 reflects the importance of glass in the history and development of Lancaster and Fairfield County's financial stability from 1888 to present. Because of the abundance of natural resources including natural gas and sand in this area, the establishment of the glass industry was a logical step in utilizing those resources. In fact, in 2003 Lancaster was designated the "Pressed Glass Capital" of Ohio by the State Legislature.
A rotating art glass exhibits grace our display cases.
145 East Main Street Lancaster, Ohio 43130 (MAP)
Center Hours are: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays, every 1st Friday of the month 1:00 to 7 p.m. Closed Mondays and on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day
Admission free except for groups of 10 or more.
The Decorative Arts Center built circa 1834 was the home of William James Reese, three time mayor of Lancaster, Ohio and his wife, Elizabeth Sherman Reese, the sister of Civil War General William T. Sherman, whose birthplace is next door. The center features Greek Revival and Eastlake decor as well as the art gallery. A winding spiral staircase leads to the gallery. For those who are challenged by stairs, an elevator allows access to the upper and lower levels.
Rock Mill and Lithopolis Rd (MAP)
Rock Mill is open on the weekends – Open May-October Saturday-Sunday 1:00-3:00 pm. Visits to the grounds can be made sunrise to sunset throughout the year.
Fairfield County. Bloom Township. From Lancaster, northwest on S.R. 33 2 miles, left on Lithopolis Road (in Hooker), 3 miles, at intersection, on Rock Mill Road. Hocking River.
Ohio’s oldest and largest gristmill on the upper falls of the Hocking River. Six Stories with two below grade level. Powered by a 26 ft. overshot water wheel with a mill race cut through solid sandstone more than 30 ft. long.
127 E Main St, Lancaster, OH 43130 (MAP)
Hours: Open T-Sun 12-4 P.M.; April-Nov, 12-4 weekends in December Closed Holidays and Thanksgiving Eve. Closed Jan-March. Call for appointment
Admission is charged.
Birthplace of Senator John and Gen Sherman Birthplace of General William T. Sherman and Senator John Sherman. The Sherman House features Sherman family memorabilia, Civil War and GAR artifacts.
Parts of the house were built in 1811 with an addition in 1816 by the Shermans. In 1870 a brick front and victorian parlor were added. 2007 saw the dedication of a "Sherman era garden" planted along the side of the house and in the backyard features plants popular in the 1800's and used by the Shermans in cooking, scented pillows, etc