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Ohio Open Doors

Learn all about the history behind some of Ohio's iconic sites!

Cincinnati Music Hall

Ohio Open Doors

By Maggie Butler

Posted On: Sep 1, 2022

Explore Ohio’s heritage through its historic buildings and landmarks with Ohio Open Doors - a 10-day event that honors the history, design, beauty, and stories of Ohio's buildings.

From Sept. 9-18, join Ohio History Connection and its partner organizations: Ohio Arts CouncilOhio. Find It Here., the Ohio Travel Association, and Heritage Ohio for special events throughout the state. With so many sites to visit, here's a few that you can explore:

looking up at ceiling with chandelier inside Cincinnati Music Hall in Ohio

Cincinnati Music Hall 

On Sept. 17 from 11AM - 1PM, join Friends of Music Hall as they take you on a free indoor tour of the building. The 75-minute tour takes you through different parts of Music Hall, allowing you to see several private and public spaces inside the historic building. 

Note: Tickets are required (and there's a of limit of two). Enter promotional code OPENDOORS for free tickets.

Great Western Schoolhouse in St. Clairsville 

Located in Belmont County, the Great Western Schoolhouse invites you to "sit a spell" and listen to stories about this one-room schoolhouse. Or partake in some period-appropriate games! You'll also learn about the hands-on educational program held at the site.  

exterior street view of Orange Johnson House in Worthington Ohio

Orange Johnson House in Worthington 

Transport yourself to the 19th century when visiting the Orange Johnson House. One of the oldest residences still standing in its original location in Worthington. The house shows what life in Central Ohio was like in the early 1800's, spanning both the Pioneer and Federal periods. When you visit, the lower level exhibition rooms feature rotating exhibits with items from the Worthington Historical Society's collection.

Clemons Cemetery in Marblehead

Get a jump start on spooky season with a tour of Clemons Cemetery. The one-hour tour is more educational than scary, focusing on the interred and what's involved in cemetery restoration and preservation. It's the perfect tour for anyone on the side of Grave Cleaning and Tombstone TikTok. 

Fun Fact: A taphophile is someone interested in cemeteries, funerals, and gravestones. 

Hayesville Opera House in Ashland County Ohio

Hayesville Opera House in Ashland County 

The Hayesville Opera House has a unique and esteemed history. Erected in 1886, it's one of the oldest operating theaters in Ohio. And one of the best examples of what a 19th century theatre was like. 

These sites are only a sample of the many historical buildings that you can tour through Ohio Open Doors.

To learn more about Ohio's unique edifices and historic attractions, check out #OhioFindItHere at Ohio.org.

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