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Sprawled across a big city block in the center of Downtown Columbus, the Ohio Statehouse is a shining beacon of history and culture. In this opulent building, it is as if the state's bygone glory exists, lingering over hallowed halls, past antique paintings and well-furnished rooms. A jewel of the Capitol Square, this statehouse bears stunning semblances of Greek Revival style, its columnar facade giving way to opulent interiors, including an impressive rotunda. Said to be one of the oldest functioning state houses in the country, the Ohio Statehouse is particularly known for sheltering a treasure trove of artworks including paintings and sculptures depicting the glory of those who have, in one way or another, helped shape the course of the state. The focal point of the state's legislative stride, the Ohio Statehouse is a stunning reminder of the state's political nuances and its long-standing social and cultural history. Doubling as a museum, the statehouse also harbors exhibits, artifacts specially-tailored tours, giving visitors stunning insights into the heritage it carries in its fabric.
The mission of Thurber House is to "celebrate the written word for the education and entertainment of the broadest possible audience and to continue Thurber's legacy of humor." The gentleman this mission refers to is James Thurber, the humorist and cartoonist famous for his genre-transcending witticisms. Thurber House, located in the college-age home of the writer, is both a non-profit center promoting literacy and a museum of the writer's life and materials. The first two floors of the home are open for daily tours and, in the spirit of truly knowing the Thurber legacy, guests are encouraged to touch many items in the home.
Historic Kelton House is an actual physical relic of a bygone era, restored to its original grandeur and open to all so that John and Jane Q. Public might venture a journey into the past. The Kelton Family were Columbus society at its finest, and as such they amassed an immaculate collection of period furniture and other items, and cataloged via scrapbook and diary the details of daily life in the 1800s. All of this and more is on view, as well as a lush garden out back. What's more, this one-time stop on the Underground Railroad is said to be haunted. Beware!
Known as the second oldest park in the city, Schiller Park is tucked away in the German Village area of Columbus. A sprawling 23 acres, the park features lush foliage, picnic and gazebo area, playground, fishing pond, basketball and tennis courts, baseball diamond, walking trails and recreation center. The park was temporarily renamed during World War II, when anti-German sentiment was widely popular in the United States.
The Ohio State University, established in 1870, is one of the largest and most prestigious universities in the country. It boasts numerous faculties and prides itself on its academic excellence and cultural diversity. It truly justifies its motto “Education for Citizenship” by shaping its pupils into outstanding global citizens.
Find out what farm-life was in Ohio more than a century ago at Slate Run Living Historical Farm. It features a restored Gothic-Revival farmhouse dating back to 1856 and the barn that was revived by Amish carpenters. Stroll through the house, barns and gardens to see the costumed staff giving live demonstrations, farming with draft horses and working in the house. Be a part of the activities that change according to the season. Animals like the Merino sheep and Poland China hog will keep the kids entertained.