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Historic Sites

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
Dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Hopewell Culture. Open daily 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with extended hours Memorial Day through Labor Day. Closed Thanksgiving, December 25 and January 1, and on Mondays and Tuesdays during December, January and February. Activities: Visitor center and exhibits and hiking trails and roads. For information call: (740)774-1126

James A. Garfield National Historic Site
This site preserves the property associated with the 20th President of the United States. Garfield acquired the home in 1876 to accommodate his large family. The home, named Lawnfield by reporters, was the site of the first successful front porch campaign in 1880. James A. Garfield was President from March 4, 1881 until his death on September 19, 1881. Four years after his assassination, the Memorial Library wing was added by Mrs. Garfield and her family - setting the precedence for presidential libraries. Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m. For information call: (440)255-8722

William Howard Taft National Historic Site
A memorial to the Nation's 27th President and 10th Chief Justice. William Howard Taft was born and raised in this home and it has been restored to its appearance during the years he lived here as a child and young adult. Staff members conduct tours of the historic rooms. Other rooms display exhibits on Taft's early years and his political career. Daily, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., all year, closed January 1, Thanksgiving, December 25. For information call: (513)684-3262

Hopewell Culture National Historic Park
Learn the Hopewell Indian's story through exhibits and video, Chillicothe. For information call: (740)774-1126

Hayes Presidential Center
Located in Freemont, Ohio. Rutherford Birhcard Hayes was the 19th President from 1877 to 1881. The Center contains Haye's Victorian Residence, a library, a museum and the tomb of the president and his wife Lucy Webb Hayes. The iron gates to the area were at the White House during Hayes' administration. For information call: (800)998-7737

The National Road/Zane Grey Museum
Near Norwich, Ohio, this museum pays tribute to Ebenezer Zane, who blazed the trail for the first national road (State Route 40), and to his great-grandson, Zane Grey, who later wrote westerns and became one of the most successful American Authors of all time. For information call: (614)872-3143

Harriet Beecher Stowe Museum
Two sites are related to the author's famous book Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe House Museum and the cultural center in Cincinnati and the Rankin House Museum in Ripley. More than 2,000 slaves passed through the Rankin House on their way to freedom. Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 to 4 p.m. For information call: (513)632-5120

Fallen Timbers
Near the site of the battle of Fallen Timbers, this small park contains a monument honoring Major General Anthony Wayne as well as smaller monuments to the soldiers and Native Americans who died in the battle. The battle of Fallen Timbers on 20 August 1794, was decisive in bringing the Indians of the Northwest Territory to sign the Treaty of Greene Ville. By this treaty the Indians ceded southern and eastern Ohio to settlers. This brief battle, an overwhelming victory for Wayne's forces, was fought in an area recently ravaged by a windstorm, hence the name Fallen Timbers. For information call: (800)860-0149

Tourist Attractions

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Located in Cleveland, Ohio. The museum's exhibits are designed to give the visitor a unique, interactive experience of the Rock and Roll music and how it changed the way we live. The collection is brought to life through a combination of high-tech exhibits, innovative film and video exhibits and the largest single collection of Rock and Roll memorabilia. The experience includes a comprehensive retrospective on Rock and Roll's origins, its development, its legends and its immense impact on global culture. The Hall of Fame itself contains a dramatic multimedia gallery that features tributes to Hall of Fame Inductees on a giant three-screen video monitor and the Hall of Fame Jukebox containing more than 27,000 songs. For information call: (800)493-ROLL

SeaWorld Cleveland
New for 1999 is CARNIVORE PARK, a dinosaur adventure. It's the largest gathering of dinosaurs in 100 million years, but they will become extinct after this summer so don't miss it. Other new shows include the FOOLS WITH TOOLS sea lion show starring Clyde and Seamore, and the all new WILD WINGS bird show featuring soaring raptors. Another interaction attraction is PIRATES, a 4-D Hi-Tech Adventure with exciting in-your-face special effects. Get splashed by Shamu and Namu, the Killer Whales, as they display their power and beauty. Feed friendly dolphins; reach in and touch a stingray; come eye-to-eye with fearsome sharks. Be amazed by the daring and skillful competition of the INTENSITY GAMES water ski show. Feel like a kid again at Shamu's Happy Harbor adventure playland. Every dog has its day at the ALL-STAR MUTTS show as man's best friend fetches your funny bone with a canine cast of hilarious hounds. Cap off your evening with the RED, BRIGHT AND BLUE laser and fireworks extravaganza featuring a spectacular 100-foot-long water screen. It's a full day of fun, entertainment, and adventure with sensational live shows and awesome attractions for the entire family. For information call: (800)63-SHAMU

Pro Football Hall of Fame
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is not only the honoring place for 199 enshrines, but it's also a beacon where the legends and storied past of professional football meet the present. Located in Canton, Ohio, the birthplace of the National Football League, the Hall of Fame has more than 83,000 square feet of space in which to portray the history of professional football from 1892 to the current season. Visit the Hall's twin enshrinement galleries that pay homage to the game's greatest men. Experience GameDay Stadium, the Hall's newest addition, and see the game closer than you've ever seen it before. Shop the Hall of Fame Museum Store and find quality merchandise from every NFL team as well as Hall of Fame apparel. This year the Hall is inducting five players into the Hall of Fame. Visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame and learn about their rise to immortality. For information call: (330)456-8207

Amish Country
Our Amish areas truly are a place apart - a land of plain people who forsake modern conveniences for a simpler way of life. And while these folks may look as if they are from hundreds of miles and decades away, that's not the case. Ohio is home to the world's largest Amish population, and through their back-to-basics lifestyle we can learn about life's simple pleasures such as a soul-warming home-cooked meal, a hand-made piece of furniture or a lovingly-stitched quilt - all found in abundance in Ohio's Amish Country. For information call: (800) BUCKEYE

Lake Erie Islands
From the longest bar in the world to an antique carousel, the Lake Erie Islands provide fun for all ages! Visit Perry's International Peace Memorial, travel to a castle-like historic winery, and go birding at one of the United States' best migration spots. Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island is a Victorian village filled with boutiques, a harborside park with a playground, pubs with live entertainment, and tasty dining opportunities, all within a walk, bike ride or golfcart ride away. And you won't want to miss the largest Greek Doric column in the world, Perry's International Peace Memorial, which stands 352-feet above Put-in-Bay and provides a spectacular view of Lake Erie. Middle Bass Island brings serenity to an action-packed vacation. The Kuehnle Wildlife Area lies in the center of the island and connects the east point with the main portion of the island. This 20-acre pond is a favorite spot for bird watching, photographing wildlife, and fishing. One of the main attractions on Middle Bass Island, Lonz Winery, opened during the Civil War. By 1875, it was the largest wine producer in the United States. Kellys Island is the largest American island in Lake Erie and offers history buffs plenty to see and do. Remnants of the island's past can be seen throughout the island. The Glacial Grooves State Memorial is the largest and most spectacular example of glacial grooves in the world. Inscription Rock State Memorial is a symbol of the island's era as an Indian hunting ground. This limestone boulder has faint pictographs of men, birds and animals carved by the Lake Erie Indians 300-400 years ago. The Lake Erie Islands are located in the Western Basin of Lake Erie and can be reached by ferries from Port Clinton and Marblehead, which are halfway between Toledo and Cleveland. For information call: (800)441-1271