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Best Historic Locations in Columbus

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A major attraction of the Granville area, the Alligator Mound was built by the prehistoric settlers of Ohio. Rather than an alligator, this sculpture or mound signifies a panther or a four legged animal. Added to the National Register of Historic Places, it comes under the purview of Licking County Historical Society.

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 including 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.

Known as the second oldest park in the city, Schiller Park is tucked away in the German Village area of Columbus. A sprawling 23.45 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 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.

Sprawled across a big city block in the center of Downtown Columbus, the Ohio Statehouse is a shining beacon of history and culture. Explore the state's bygone glory within its hallowed halls by marveling at the 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 statehouses 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.

Historic Kelton House is an actual physical relic of a bygone era, restored to its original grandeur and open to all. 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.

From the early 18th Century, German immigrants have called this section of Columbus their home. Their profound history and contribution gave birth to one of the city's most popular neighborhoods, aptly named the German Village. From participating in the American Civil War to enduring atrocities during World War I, the then residents of German Village saw it all, and the streets of their neighborhood narrate tales of their heroic past. Archaic buildings, historic churches, old parks and revered theaters, the streets of the German village are lined with many stories making it a must-visit for culture and history aficionados.

The elegant site of Piatt Castles was constructed in 1864. The structuring and building of the Castles was done by the Piatt brothers, namely Donn and Abraham S. Piatt. They stand eloquent as two chateaux buildings and are fine examples of the Gothic style of architecture. The ancient castles carry great historical significance and are opened to the general public. The site stands listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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.

These caverns were cut away from the surrounding limestone rock over the course of millions of years and, up to the early 19th Century, served as a strategic location for the Wyandotte Indians in evading their enemies. Besides touring these caverns, there are many other fun activities available at the site. Miniature golf, volleyball, and horseshoes are a few of the games one can play here. The site also hosts a climbing wall, an Indian goods store, and a petting zoo. Kids and adults alike will appreciate the opportunity to learn about gem mining and take home a bag of various unpolished semi-precious stones.

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