If you have any questions about your stay in Ross County or Chillicothe, look no further than the Ross-Chillicothe Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Whether planning a quick weekend trip with your family or a group tour of the area, the Bureau is the place to start with an array of services provided to assist you with planning your trip. If you have children, we can tell you about our parks or events that may be suitable for your family’s entertainment. We can even provide maps and directions to all of your destinations. For larger groups, we offer facility and lodging coordination services, guest activities and tours, media publicity, packaging, and itineraries.
mobile audio tours
The newest self-guided tour is now featuring audio and can be downloaded to your iOS and Android mobile devices! Ross-Chillicothe CVB has teamed up with iTourMobile to provide three audio tours:
- Welcome to Ross County
- Downtown Chillicothe History & Architecture
- Chillicothe History & Mystery Ghost Tour
Use the links below to go directly to your device’s app store!
Special credit to Kevin Coleman of Intrepid Heritage Services for providing information for the architectural tour and Ross County League of Women Voters for information featured within the History & Mystery Ghost Tour.
For your enjoyment, 6 self guided walking tours have been created. Walking maps and guides can be picked up at the Ross-Chillicothe CVB office, on our website or by calling 1-800-413-4118. We hope you enjoy touring at least one of these enriching areas in Ross County!
Chillicothe’s Old Second Street
Chillicothe’s Historic Paint Street
Chillicothe’s First Capital District
Chillicothe’s Main Street Churches
Chillicothe Historic Homes
There are a number of murals painted by several different artists sprinkled throughout the First Capital District in Chillicothe.
MAIL POUCH MURAL: 25 E. SECOND ST.
Estimated Painted Date: 1880-1892
CHILLICOTHE TELEPHONE MURAL: 68 E. MAIN ST.
Painted in 2006 by muralist Eric Henn
CANAL MURAL: CORNER OF MULBERRY AND SECOND STREETS
Painted in 2003 by Jeff Speakman
ROSS COUNTY COLLAGE: 1 N. PAINT ST. (HUNTINGTON BANK)
Painted in 2003 by Cheryl Nordon-Mitchell
Barn Quilt Tour
Take this driving tour through Ross County and view over 60 Barn Quilts. Copies of the Barn Quilt map are available at our office, where you will also find the first Barn Quilt of the tour!
Intrepid Historical Services
If you are interested in a guided tour of Chillicothe, contact Kevin B. Coleman of Intrepid Historical Services. Various tours can include such topics and sights such as:
- Geology & Terrain of the Area
- Native Flora & Fauna
- Prehistoric Adena & Hopewell Earthworks
- Historic Shawnee Indians
- Frontiersmen & Settlers
- From Territory to Statehood
- The First Capital
- Early Architecture
- Ohio & Erie Canal
- Greek Revival Architecture
- Coming of the Railroad
- Victorian Architecture
- Museums, Art & Performing Arts
- Area Parks
- Downtown Eateries
Kevin Coleman wears the garb of a citizen of 1803, when Ohio became a state and Chillicothe its first capital. Kevin is a local historian, architectural historian, and journalist. A native of Ross County, he has also been a schoolteacher, and has spoken before many groups. For more information, visit www.horizonview.net/~ihs or call 740-775-4036.