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Outdoor Walking Tour of the Historic Athens Asylum

Tour the famous Athens Asylum, one of the few Kirkbride Asylums left. George Eberts, long time Asylum employee and local expert on the Athens Asylum, will be leading an outdoor walking tour of the historic Asylum grounds. His insights on patient treatment throughout the asylum’s 150-year existence are peppered with stories, personal anecdotes, and hidden […]

Early Mills in Southeast Ohio

Wolf Creek Mill was the first mill in the Ohio country, constructed along Wolf Creek, a tributary of the Muskingum River 15 miles upstream from Marietta, the territory’s first settlement. Built in 1789, the Wolf Creek Mill was a combination of a saw mill and a grist mill, serving the pioneer farmers 15 years before Ohio became a state. Image: Historical Collections of Ohio by Henry Howe, 1886.

Mills were so important in early Ohio history that there were well over a thousand grist mills in the Ohio country in the 19th century. By 1860 there were more than 1200 or these grist mills. These massive structures were framed with giant timbers from Ohio’s primeval forest.

Lyceum Lunch with Tom O’Grady!

The Southeast Ohio History Center Lyceum Lunch Speaker Series presents the program “Not Since Tecumseh: Darkness at Midday in the Ohio Country – Total Eclipse of the Sun.”

Lake Tight and Pre Glacial SE Ohio

Prior to the onset of the glacial periods the Allegheny Plateau had been drained by the giant Teays River, the main stem of a pre-glacial river system in this region of North America. The headwaters of the Teays was near the eastern escarpment of the Blue Ridge, at the edge of the Piedmont Plateau in North Carolina and Virginia. The Teays River drained much of what became West Virginia flowing westward toward the Ohio country. 

Hocking County’s Intricate & Complex History

How have the people who have resided within the boundaries of Hocking County, from thousands of years ago to present day, been impacted by the physical geography and geology around them? In what ways has the interconnectedness of different industrial eras within Logan and Hocking County built upon one other over time? And how have these eras have shaped the residents’ lives thus far?

Closed for the Holidays

Southeast Ohio History Center will be closed 12/22/23 through 01/01/24. We wish you the best of holidays and hope to see you in the new year!

Lyceum Lunch: Victoria Smalls

The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor is a National Heritage Area and it was established by the U.S. Congress to recognize the unique culture of the Gullah Geechee people who have traditionally resided in the coastal areas and the sea islands of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. The Southeast Ohio History Center is […]

Patriotic Quilts with Meta Van Nostran

Join quilt historian Meta Van Nostran for an afternoon exploring patriotic quilts from the early years of the republic through the bicentennial from her collection! This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.