Have you ever wondered how Ohio came to be in 1803? This Saturday during Ross County’s Statehood Day Celebration you can discover the history of how Ohio came to be, and see some other exhibits on the journey we have been through since.
On this day most of the attractions in Ross County will have free admission to celebrate our history. Each location offering a unique exhibit and a different bit of Ohio’s past.
Start your morning off at Chillicothe Kiwanis Club Statehood Day Breakfast. During this prayer breakfast Kiwanis will present the 2016 Ohio Statehood Day Achievement Award. This will recognize one of the nominees that represented the Spirit of Ohio and who has made a difference in the lives of Ross County residents. You can purchase your tickets for $10.00 until Friday at 4:00 pm here at the Visitors Bureau.
Adena Mansion and Gardens grounds and museum will be open 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at no cost to visitors. The “Debate over Statehood” reenactment will be performed every hour beginning at 11:00 am. There will also be a special themed mansion tour that will take place every one-half hour beginning at 10:30 am and the last tour departing at 3:00 pm.
The David Nickens Heritage Center will also be open at no cost. They will have exhibits on local and national African American heritage and culture. These exhibits include: “Occupations of People of Color in Chillicothe’s Past”, “Freedom’s Journey: The Underground Railroad”, “African American Women in the 19th Century” and “The Black Church in America.”
The Ross County Heritage Center will feature a special one day exhibit of rare Ohio Statehood private collections! The society will also be unveiling two brand new exhibits for this special day. The “Documenting Presidential Elections” exhibit features 200 years of presidential campaign memorabilia from the election of President James Madison in 1808 all the way through President Obama’s campaign in 2008. The second new exhibit will be “Stars of the Masonic Opera House” which will feature early 20th century photographs of famous entertainers who performed on the stage of Chillicothe’s renowned Masonic Opera House. The Opera house is now known as our present day Majestic Theatre.
Also, on this day The Ross County Genealogical Society invite you in from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm to meet members of the society and to learn about the tremendous resources they offer for researching your family tree.
Remember all of these locations will be open to the public at no charge and will provide you with Ohio History and a good time! For more event details or questions please contact us here at the Ross-Chillicothe Convention and Visitors Bureau at 740-702-7677.