History Behind the Mystery

HISTORY EMERGES FROM THE SHADOWS CAST BY EERIE SUPERNATURAL STORIES On lists and locations of haunted and supernatural regions, southeastern Ohio seems to frequently rise to the top. From the Moonville Tunnel, eerie structures at the Ridges, and “spooky” graveyards, the Hocking Valley has drawn attention from New Age practitioners and “ghost hunters” alike. But…

Digging Deep into Coal

EVENT: JUNE 15 (9:30 AM-3PM) – OFF THE BEATEN PATH COMMUNITIES Local historian Rob Dishon leads this unique view of the coal mining region of southern Perry County. Visit several boomtowns and hear about the pre-history, boom-history, and post-boom period. The tour will begin in Shawnee and travel north to McCuneville, a town that has…

Rendville Relive & Revive!

EVENT: JUNE 1 (10:00 AM – 2:00 PM) – AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY Take a deep dive into Rendville history at several locations in this important mining town where African Americans and European immigrants lived side by side creating a fascinating outcome. Hosts will share the town’s rich story with visitors, including five occasions where African…

Tour de Forest Benefit Bicycle Ride

Saturday, May 4, 2019 • Nelsonville Ride for History’s Sake! The 14th Annual Little Cities Tour de Forest takes riders on journeys through the the forested hills of the Little Cities of Black Diamonds microregion beginning and ending at the Hocking College Recreation Center in Nelsonville on Saturday morning, May 4th. Set your course distance…

Tour de Forest Benefit Bike Ride April 21

It’s not too late to register for the Tour de Forest Benefit Bicycle Ride, offering several different routes that take riders through the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Microregion, the small forest-surrounded former coal mining towns of hilly southeast Ohio which offer an incredible amount of history and natural beauty. Registration/waiver form can be found…

Face Jugs: A Mystery of History

Some parts of Appalachian Ohio hold some fascinating chapters of American history, but local potter Maddy Fraioli is bringing a story that stretches south beyond the Mason-Dixon right back to Shawnee, Ohio. Fraioli has been making pottery and stoneware in Muskingum County for years. With her husband, Howard Peller, she owned and operated Fioriware in…