Financing Historic Theater Redevelopment Webinar

May 16, 2017 1 pm – 2 pm


Historic theaters are key structures for creating a sense of place and often have a rich history of being a community’s economic driver. For theaters that have fallen into disrepair, changing their fate requires vision, planning, and a commitment to financing. During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, CDFA has partnered with Heritage Ohio to explore the wealth of financing tools available to redevelop historic theaters, including 501(c)(3) bonds, TIF, tax credits, and other creative programs. Join us for this special discussion as we highlight success stories from historic theaters across the U.S.

For this webinar, AIA members can receive 1.0 HSW credits. Please contact Joyce at jbarrett@heritageohio.org to receive your credit and get your certificate of completion.

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B Street Theatre, Sacramento, California

The B Street Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit theater founded in 1986 by Timothy Busfield. Its mission is to promote education, literacy, social interaction, and cultural enrichment by engaging children and adults in the arts. The theatre is currently undergoing a $29 million renovation that includes bond financing, loans, guarantees, and grants. The new theater complex will include the 365-seat Sutter Children’s Theater and the 250-seat Mainstage Theater. B Street estimates that the new complex will allow them to serve 35,000 more children and families than their current venue.

RiNo Arts District, Denver, Colorado

The River North (RiNo) Arts District is located in Denver’s five points neighborhood; a historically industrial part of the city. As industry moved out of the city towards the turn of the century, the neighborhood was plagued with vacant buildings and poor infrastructure. In 2004 local neighborhood leaders started devising a plan to revitalize the area. This plan has been realized through the creation of a Business Improvement District and General Improvement District. The RiNo Arts District is now home to a bustling arts community that includes galleries, architects, and myriad creative businesses.


Capitol Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio

The Capitol Theatre first opened its doors on April 8, 1921 as a silent film house. The theatre remained a centerpiece of the Gordon Square neighborhood, but began to fall into disrepair following the outmigration of people from Cleveland after World War II. The Theatre was nearly torn down in 1978, but for the work of Detroit Shoreway Development Corporation to save it. The theatre was eventually closed in 1985 due to its poor condition. However, Detroit Shoreway continued to work to save this theatre and through the use loans, grants, historic tax credits, and New Markets Tax Credits, were able to reopen the fully renovated theatre in 2009. The three-stage, 602 seat theatre is now used as a cinema.

Next Stage Arts, Putney, Vermont

Next Stage is located inside 15 Kimball Hall, a beautiful, historic church built in 1841 in the heart of Putney, Vermont. The theater re-opened in 2016 as a fully accessible venue with an elevator and hearing assist technology. Other upgrades include air-conditioning and brand new seating. The 180 seat venue attracted hundreds of thousands of dollars of investment in the way of grants in order to support its renovation. The theater now holds events such as spoken word, independent film showings, and concerts.


Our Presenters

Nancee Trombley is the Chief Deputy Executive Director for the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (iBank) a division of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. She oversees IBank’s Infrastructure State Revolving Fund, the Bond Unit, and the Small Business Finance Center. Nancee earner a BS in Communications from California State University at Sacramento and an Executive MBA from California State University at Monterey Bay.


Tracy Weil, Co-Founder and Creative Director of the RiNo Art District, specializes in building community. The RiNo Art District is booming as Denver’s new creative community. Weil has been a driving force in the development of this creative district. Weil is also an visual artist painting for over 25 years, Weil continues to pursue his consulting practice as an advocate for artists and creating vibrant art focused communities.


Jeff Ramsey, is executive director of the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization. DSCDO has preserved 14 historic buildings and created nearly 300 units of affordable housing, many of which are located in the heart of Gordon Square, home to the Capitol Theater.



Billy Straus is an American music producer and songwriter. He is known for his work in children’s television including the Disney series Little Einsteins and Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?. He produced and mixed original Broadway cast albums for The Full Monty and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He won an Emmy Award for his work on Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? He founded Rock River Communications to introduce the concept of non-traditional music distribution into the retail marketplace.


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Ohio Farmers’ Markets to Try This Summer

This summer, explore the unique downtowns and find tonight’s dinner at a farmers’ market in a Ohio Main Street & Downtown Affiliate community.


Amherst Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays,  4:00 PM to 7:00 PM – June – September

Cambridge Main Street Farmers’ Market
Fridays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – May – September

Chardon Farmers’ Market
Fridays, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM – June 2 – September 8

Coshocton Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM – May – October

(Dayton) 2nd Street Market
Thursday – Saturday, year-round, Outdoor Market Saturdays, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM – June – October

Defiance Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – May – November

Main Street Delaware Farmers’ Market
May 27 – October 28 – Wednesdays, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Saturdays, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Downtown Franklin Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – June 4 – September 24

Downtown Fremont Farmers’ Market
Select Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – June 17 – October 21 – See Schedule

Greenfield Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM – May 28 – October 15

Downtown Greenville Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – June 3 – October 14

Grove City Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM – May 21 – September 10

Hilliard Farm Market
Tuesdays, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM – May 30 – September 12

(Kent) Haymaker Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – May – October

Lakewood Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM – June 24 – October 14

Lebanon Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM – May 18 – October 19

(Marietta) Farmers’ Market on Front Street 
Tuesdays, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM – May 16 – August 29

Medina Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – May 27 – October 14

(Millersburg) Holmes County Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays, 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM – June – October

Mount Vernon Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM – May – October

(Newark) Canal Market District Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays & Fridays, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM – May – October

Oberlin Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – May – October

Painesville Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM – May – October

Piqua Community Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM – June 1 – September 14

Port Clinton Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM – June – September

Main Street Portsmouth Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM – May – October

Downtown Ravenna Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM – June – September

Sandusky Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM – May – October

The Great Sidney Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM – May 27 – October 14

(Somerset) Perry County Farmers’ Market
Satursdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

(Tiffin) Seneca County Farmers Market 
Second Saturday, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – June – October

Tipp City Marketplace
Thursdays, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM – June 8 – October 19

Downtown Troy Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – June 11 – October 8

(Urbana) Champaign County Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – May – October

Van Wert Market on Main
Fridays, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Main Street Vermilion Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM – June 24-September 9

Main Street Wadsworth Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM – July 1 – September 30

Wellington Farmers’ Market
Fridays, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM – June – October

Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM – May – October

(Wilmington) Clinton County Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM – June – October (Seasonal Schedule Changes, Market Open March -December)

Downtown Wooster Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM – June 3 – October 28

Worthington Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM – May – October

(Xenia) Greene County Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays, 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM – June – October



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15 Amazing Movie Theaters You Must Visit in Ohio

The summer blockbuster movie season kicks off this month. See the movies you’ve been dying to see (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, anyone?) at one of the stunning historic movie theaters in Ohio!


15 Must Visit Historic Movie Theaters in Ohio

photo via Plutonian Pictures

Apollo Theatre – Oberlin

Opened in 1913, this early Art Deco theatre was one of the first cinemas to show “talkies”, period slang for films of sound.


15 Must Visit Historic Movie Theaters in Ohio

photo via Athena Cinema

Athena Cinema – Athens

Originally opened as The Majestic, the Athena Cinema is a fixture of downtown Athens.


15 Must Visit Historic Movie Theaters in Ohio

photo by Bill Eichelberger

By-Jo Theatre – Germantown

Located just a short drive from Dayton in the Village of Germantown, the quaint single-screen By-Jo Theatre is a must-visit cinema. Opened in 1926, the theater transports you back to the golden age of the silver screen.


15 Must Visit Historic Movie Theaters in Ohio

photo by Devin Miles

Bryan Theatre – Bryan

Until recent years, you could have visited most communities in Ohio and found a downtown cinema similar to the Bryan Theatre. While many of those cinemas are now shuttered, the Bryan has continue to entertain patrons since 1939.


15 Must Visit Historic Movie Theaters in Ohio

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Capitol Theatre – Cleveland

The Capitol Theatre opened in 1921 as part of the Gordon Square Arcade. The theater closed in 1985 due to disrepair and was reopened in 2009 with the assistance of Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits.  It was named Historic Theater of the Year in 2013 by Heritage Ohio. To learn more of the history of the theater, click here.


15 Must Visit Historic Movie Theaters in Ohio

photo via Cinema Treasures

Dixie Twin Drive-In – Dayton

With the rise of car culture came the drive-in theater. The Dixie Drive-In opened in 1957 and is a prime example of the styling of drive-ins. This cool vintage theater gained its second screen in 2002.


15 Must Visit Historic Movie Theaters in Ohio

photo via Early Music in Columbus

Drexel Theatre – Bexley

Formerly a grocery store, the Drexel opened in the late 1930s. The Art Deco gem has been a fixture of Bexley ever since. In 2016, the marquee & interior of the theater were renovated with the assistance of Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits. To learn more of the history of the theater, click here.


15 Must Visit Historic Movie Theaters in Ohio

photo by Jack Pierce, via Wikipedia Commons

Elm Road Triple Drive-In – Warren

Opened in 1950, the family-owned vintage drive-in has been going strong since. Beyond the novelty of the drive-in experience and the joy of watching a film outdoors, you really need to see their retro sign. It’s amazing!


15 Must Visit Historic Movie Theaters in Ohio

photo via Roadside Architecture

Esquire Theatre

The Clifton Opera House opened in 1911 in the Clifton Neighborhood of Cincinnati. It began showing films in 1915 and was quickly renamed the Clifton Theatre and was later renamed the Esquire Theatre. The theater shut down in the 1980s and was almost demolished. It was saved by neighborhood residents and reopened in 1990.


15 Must Visit Historic Movie Theaters in Ohio

photo via Ohio.com

Lake 8 Movies Theatre – Barberton

The Lake Theatre was opened in 1938 in downtown Barberton. The theater has classic Art Deco styling and even had an early air conditioning system. The theater closed in the 1980s and the property was leased to another theater management company, which renovated the historic theater and added screens. To learn more of the history of the theater, click here.


15 Must Visit Historic Movie Theaters in Ohio

photo via Mapio

Mariemont Theatre – Mariemont

Built in 1939 in the planned community of Mariemont, the theater is one of the more unique buildings on this list, architecturally speaking. The style is reminiscent of Elizabethian architecture, and you will find many examples of classic English architecture in Mariemont. The theater was closed and renovated in the late 1990s.


15 Must Visit Historic Movie Theaters in Ohio

photo via Seagate Food Bank

Maumee Indoor Theatre

Opened in 1946, the theater is a great example of Art Moderne architecture in downtown Maumee. It was named Historic Theater of the Year in 2014 by Heritage Ohio.


15 Must Visit Historic Movie Theaters in Ohio

photo via All Events

Quaker Cinema – New Philadelphia

The Quaker opened in 1940. Like the Maumee Indoor Theatre, the Quaker Cinema is an example of Art Moderne theaters in Ohio. At some point in the 1970s, the exterior was covered with brick and paneling. Good taste prevailed in 2014 and the cinema was restored closely to its 1940s glory.


15 Must Visit Historic Movie Theaters in Ohio

photo via Delaware Gazette

Strand Theatre – Delaware

The Strand opened in downtown Delaware in 1916. Unlike many of the other theaters on this list, it has never closed and recently celebrated its 100th birthday.


15 Must Visit Historic Movie Theaters in Ohio

photo via Changes in Longitude

Wapa Theatre – Wapakoneta

The Wapa opened as the Brown Theatre in 1904, making it one of the oldest theaters on this list. The cinema also has one of the more unique marquees you can still find in Ohio, installed in 1939.



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Our Preservation Month Photo Contest is Open for Entries!

Preservation Month is just around the corner and our 8th Annual Preservation Month Photo Contest is now open for entries! We’re looking for great subject matter capturing the spirit of preservation & revitalization in our communities.

This year’s theme is “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words.” We’re looking for photos that can tell us a good preservation story and convey a message of the importance of preservation & revitalization in Ohio.

When you get that perfect shot, submit it to us. We have a limit of one entry per person, so you have to send us your very best! You can enter here (we have the form at the bottom of the page) or post your entry on our Facebook wall using the hashtag #heritageohiophotocontest. You can also enter through Instagram, again using the hashtag #heritageohiophotocontest.

Some important contest dates to remember:
Friday, April 28-Friday, May 26 | Photo entries accepted
Friday, June 2 | Finalists unveiled and online voting begins
Friday, June 9 | Online voting ends
Monday, June 12 | We announce the winning photo

As with past years, we’ll feature the contest winner’s photo on the cover of Revitalize Ohio. Plus, you get bragging rights for maybe having the coolest preservation photo in Ohio!

Don’t forget: our theme is “A picture is worth a thousand words” so make sure you convey your image’s story on the entry form you complete. Be creative and original with your photo composition…we love photo entries depicting historic buildings in use. Make sure your image highlights Ohio subject matter. And finally, use your best judgment as to whether or not you should get permission from the building owner before photographing your subject matter.

Our 2016 winner, Carl E. Feather, captured The Night Train Approaching Ashtabula.


Good luck!

Preservation Month 2017 Photo Contest

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    Clicking on "I Agree" means the entrant submitting this image agrees to allow your image and your name and city to be published and used by Heritage Ohio including, but not limited to, print, web, and electronic form, without any monetary compensation. If photographer is under 18, the parent or legal guardian of the entrant must click the "I Agree" button.
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What’s Happening on Main Street – May 2017

May 1

May 5

May 6

  • Downtown Piqua Clean Up Day

    Be a part of spring cleaning up downtown Piqua! There is always plenty to do so get your organization or family involved.

  • Street Art Saturday – Portsmouth

    Shop, eat, and stroll down the street to see local art and hear music that reflects our community the first Saturday of summer months.

  • Hidden Places, Secret Spaces – Marietta

    For one afternoon, you have special permission to visit areas of historic buildings that are normally off-limits so that you can explore a whole new side of Marietta!

May 11

May 12

May 13

  • Girls’ Night Out – Lebanon

    Girls, it’s time to come have some fun and shop and in Downtown Lebanon!

  • Antiques in the Alley – Millersburg

    Stroll the streets as you search for treasures to call your own. Find inspiration and ideas on how others have turned trash…into treasures. Browse antique stores or stop at the local brewery and try our local brew!

May 16

May 17

May 18

May 19

  • Taste of the Arts – Piqua

    A delightful evening of fun, music and food in downtown Piqua. Be sure to stop and see the various demonstrations in the storefronts while enjoying a variety of live music. Plus, there will be a huge selection of food options from various local restaurants and caterers.

  • Party on Main – Painesville

    Kick-off your summer in Downtown Painesville on Main Street with a huge dance party featuring the famous Disco Inferno.

May 20

May 23

May 24

May 25

  • Knowing Your Home: How to Contract A Repair – Lakewood

    This workshop will focus on the process of working with a home repair/improvement contractor. We will start with the basics of understanding your repair and then work our way through the process of getting estimates, scheduling the job and then making sure the repair has been completed in a workmanlike manner ensuring a well done job.

  • Take a Hike!: Playhouse Square Tour – Cleveland

    Known for being the second largest performing arts center in the country, Playhouse Square boasts even more than incredible theatres. Learn about the past grandeur of Euclid Avenue, renowned department stores, such as Halle’s, Bonwit Teller and Sterling Linder, important social clubs, such as The Union Club, the awe-inspiring Dazzle the District project and the historic Statler Hotel.

May 26

May 27

May 30

May 31

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Defiance Development & Visitors Bureau Hiring Executive Director

Defiance Development & Visitors Bureau is hiring an executive director. Required skills include:

  • The executive director should have education and experience in one or more of the following areas:  marketing, communication, city planning, economic development, volunteer management, small business development, event planning, or non-profit administration.
  • The executive director must understand the issues confronting downtown businesses, property owners, public agencies and community organizations.
  • The executive director should possess excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as supervisory skills.
  • The executive director should be entrepreneurial, energetic, imaginative, detail oriented, well organized and capable of functioning effectively in a very independent situation.
  • Knowledge of the National Main Street Approach and a basic understanding of Microsoft Office, social media marketing and Quickbooks is preferred.

To view the complete job post, click here.

Applications are due by May 10, 2017.

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Go Outside and Play: Ohio’s 23 Best Parks


Northeast Ohio

photo via National Park Service

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is Ohio’s only national park, but you couldn’t ask for a better example of Ohio’s natural splendor. Just a short drive south of downtown Cleveland, Cuyahoga Valley has plenty to offer any visitor. A few highlights of the park are the 65-foot high Brandywine Falls, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, and the historic village of Peninsula.


Ohio’s National Park covers 33,000 acres of parkland, leaving you and your family many weekends of exploration.


photo via Summit Metro Parks

Liberty Park – Twinsburg

Just outside of Twinsburg is one of the hidden gems of Northeast Ohio. Liberty Park has a diverse offering of natural spaces for a suburban park. Visitors will delight in the natural beauty of the Tinkers Creek Nature Preserve and the towering Twinsburg Ledges area, both located in the park. You can explore both and more on the numerous trails within the park.


photo via TripAdvisor

Holden Arboretum

Holden Arboretum is just a short drive from historic downtown Chardon in Geauga County. The arboretum will be a unique experience for many visitors, including Ohioans. Some of the many offerings of the Holden Arboretum include a butterfly garden, several rhododendron gardens, a hedge collection, and the famous Canopy Walk.


photo via Mill Creek Metroparks

Mill Creek Park

It may be hard to believe, but Mill Creek Park in Youngstown rivals other large metropolitan parks like Central Park in terms of absolute beauty and depth. The sprawling park covers 4,400 acres and has diverse areas and topography. Highlights of the park for new visitors include Lanterman’s Mill, several historic bridges, the Wall Garden, and many archaeological sites from Youngstown’s steel-making history.


photo via Panaramio

Franklin Mills Riveredge Park

Located in downtown Kent, Franklin Mills Riveredge Park is small compared with other parks on this list, but will surprise you with its design and features. The main focus of the park in the Cuyahoga River with an arched stone dam. You can explore the river along a boardwalk that follows the river. There are plenty of observation areas, as well as benches and tables to enjoy your day in downtown Kent.


photo via Trek Ohio

Bonus: Killbuck Marsh

Located between Millersburg and Wooster, Killbuck Marsh is a hidden gem just south of Route 30. The area has an extensive natural history, and several Ice Age animals such as mastodon have been unearthed. Some of these animals can be seen at the Killbuck Valley Museum, just down the road.


Southeast Ohio

photo via Ron Skinner

Hocking Hills State Park

Hocking Hills is quite possibly the most famous of all the Ohio State Parks. Within minutes of arriving, you will certainly see why. The park is divided into five sections, but really they are parks within parks and all worth a visit. Absolute must-see features include the falls at Old Man’s Cave, the Cantwell Cliffs, and the nearby Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve.

Beyond the parks, there are rustic cabins to stay in the area and lots of unique small towns to explore.

photo via Ohio DNR

Lake Hope State Park

Just south of Hocking Hills State Park is Lake Hope. The park is encapsulated by Zaleski State Forest, making for some beautiful scenery. The beach is a great place to relax and go for a swim. The area has numerous hiking trails and connectors, including a trek up to the famous Moonville Tunnel. You can also visit the restored Hope Furnace, a blast furnace that sits near one end of the lake.


photo via Britannica

Salt Fork State Park

Just a few miles from historic Cambridge, is Salt Fork State Park, Ohio’s largest state park. The Park surrounds much of Salt Fork Lake and offers a variety of activities, such as hiking, boating, horseback riding, and golf.

The Salt Fork Lodge is a great place to stay with the family, as well as host a conference.


Central Ohio

photo via TripAdvisor

Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve

Named for a famed, and lost, Native American petroglyph that was found in the gorge, Blackhand Gorge is one of the most beautiful areas in Central Ohio. The preserve has many hiking trails to explore, as well as remnants of its past, including a section of the Ohio & Erie Canal locks and an interurban tunnel. Visitors can also explore the area via canoe or kayak on the Licking River.


photo via Wikipedia

Buckeye Lake State Park

Renowned in Central Ohio for boating, Buckeye Lake State Park is a water lover’s paradise. The lake is surrounded by quaint communities, and has plenty of activities for non-boaters as well. You can even visit Cranberry Bog, which is a natural marvel. Tours of the bog usually occur in June.


photo via TripAdvisor

Mohican State Park

Located between the historic communities of Wooster, Millersburg, Mount Vernon, and Ashland, Mohican is a forested oasis and perfect for a weekend getaway. The park has several hiking trails, campgrounds, and even a covered bridge. For a unique place to stay during your visit, check out the treehouses at The Mohicans.


photo via Dawes Arboretum

Dawes Arboretum

Just east of Columbus, you will find a true gem of a park, Dawes Arboretum. The Arboretum seems to have it all: historic Daweswood Farm, numerous trails, a nature center, formal Japanese garden, and even a driving tour. It’s a definite stop for any nature lover, and best of all, it’s free to visit!

While in the area, make sure to visit the newly revamped downtown in Newark and catch a show at the historic Midland Theatre.


photo via Ohio DNR

Rhododendron Cove State Nature Preserve

Located just south of Lancaster, Rhododendron Cove Preserve sits on an unassuming hill, but offers a bounty of beauty once you make it to the summit. Atop the hill are dozens of Rhododendrons nestled amongst rocky outcroppings, making for great photography. After visiting Rhododendron Cove, travel down the road and visit two additional parks: Wahkeena Nature Preserve and Clear Creek Metro Park.


photo via Thought & Sight

Bonus: Topiary Park

On the eastside of downtown Columbus, The Topiary Park is a living art installation on the grounds of the former Ohio Deaf School campus. Visitors can either take docent-led tours or explore the park on their own. In addition to the numerous plant sculptures, there is also a “tree walk” visitors can take to see the many types of trees within the park.


Southwest Ohio

photo via Fabulous 50s

John Bryan State Park – Clifton

Located near the historic Village of Clifton, John Bryan State Park is defined by the Little Miami River and the Clifton Gorge area it carved out. The striking features of the gorge and the forested landscape surrounding it make for some beautiful hiking scenery year-round. The next time you visit Clifton Mill, make sure to stop by John Bryan State Park.


photo via Ohio DNR

Caesar Creek State Park

Nestled between Waynesville and Harveysburg, Caesar Creek State Park is a fossil hunter’s playground. You will need to apply for a fossil collecting permit to hunt fossils at the park, but it is well worth the effort. Some common finds include trilobites, brachiopods, and corals. In addition to fossil hunting, the park also offers camping, swimming, and boating. Other attractions in the area include historic downtown Lebanon and Caesar’s Creek Pioneer Village.


photo via ForestWander

Fallsville Wildlife Area

Like the name suggests, the prominent feature of the Fallsville Wildlife Area is a large, serene waterfall. The small park packs in the beauty and is perfect for a relaxing afternoon stroll to the eye-pleasing waterfall and old mill site.

While in the area, check out the historic downtown of nearby Wilmington. There are a lot of great shops and the inside of the Clinton County Courthouse is stunning.


photo via Premier Park Events

Ault Park

When you look at “must-see” lists of Cincinnati, you will undoubtedly come across Ault Park. A visit to the park will certainly show you why. As you arrive, you will immediately notice the large and picturesque Renaissance-style pavilion, popular with wedding parties. Beyond the pavilion, you will find several walking trails, a beautiful botanical garden, and plenty of relaxing space.


Northwest Ohio

photo via Toledo Regional Tour

Side Cut Metropark

Side Cut Metropark is steeped in history. The park occupied land that was once part of a side cut of the Miami & Erie Canals. You can still visit 3 of the 6 locks from the canals, having been restored by WPA workers in the 1930s. Beyond the historic locks, the park offers picturesque scenery, an extensive network of trails, and plenty of wildlife.


photo via Mapio

Wildwood Metropark

Wildwood Preserve was once the home of Champion Spark Plug founder, Robert Stranahan. The park has an amazing wooded trail network and the property still has the Georgian Colonial Manor House Stranahan built. It is a must visit park in the heart of Toledo.


photo via Jim McCormac

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

Every spring, thousands of migratory birds visit Magee Marsh on their way to their summer nesting spots. Located on the shore of Lake Erie, the marsh is not only a destination for birders, but the extensive trail network of the wildlife area and nature center make for a great afternoon out with the family.


photo via Ohio DNR

North Bass Island State Park

Unlike other parks on this list, getting to North Bass Island is a bit challenging to get to, but worth the hassle. Currently, the only means to get to the island are boat and airplane. Once you get to the island, you’ll be able to take in the gorgeous, untouched wilderness. Fishing is permitted on the island, as well as hiking and camping via permit.

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Main Street Board Member 101 Webinar

April 12, 2017 1 pm – 2 pm

Join us to hear from a long-time Main Street volunteer, board member and ex-president on the ins and outs of giving time to a local Main Street program. This webinar will be in an interview format to cover everything a new or existing board member needs know. We will ask about personal reasons for involvement, how to manage personal time, work time and volunteer time. How to take breaks when you need them. How to integrate the whole family. How to be a volunteer who manages staff. And much, much more. Come prepared with your own questions and join us for this webinar.

Heritage Ohio Members Register Here

Not a Member? Join Heritage Ohio now to get access.


Nicole Fowles is the Communications Manager for the Delaware County District Library. She is also a current board member and past president of the Main Street Delaware program. In her tenure with Main Street Delaware, the program was annually accredited, reached its 15 year anniversary, and then-Executive Director Frances Jo Hamilton was awarded with Main Street Manager of the Year. Nicole’s strengths as a board member lie in organization, commitment and conflict resolution.

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Historic Tax Credit Coffee in Southwest Ohio

Monday April 24, 2017
Historic Tax Credit Coffee


Have you been wondering about historic tax credit programs here in Ohio?

Wondering about the application and review process? Here is an easy introduction to the 20% federal historic tax credit and 25% Ohio historic preservation tax credit which you can use to rehabilitate your historic building.

Come chat at a quick informal get together to learn about how the historic tax credit programs work and meet the people who manage them.



9:00- 10:00          Circleville: Gibby’s Eatery & Sports Bar, 126 West Main Street


11:30- 12:30        Chillicothe: Carlisle Building Community Room, 4 East Main Street


2:30-3:30              Washington Court House: W & W Dry Cleaners, 131 East Court Street


5:00 – 6:00           London: City Council Chambers at 6 East 2nd Street

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Executive Director Search Begins for Main Street Greenville

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