With more than a dozen unique museums, you will find a variety of unforgettable experiences. You can examine Civil War artifacts, learn the history of the motorcycle, enjoy historic architecture and furnishings, explore interesting aspects of community history, see glass blowing and exhibits, or climb into military vehicles and historic aircraft. There’s even a hands-on museum just for kids!
AHA Childrens Hands-On Adventure
315 S Broad St Lancaster, Ohio 43130 (MAP)
(740) 653-1010, Fax: (740) 653-2915
Hours Monday-Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 12pm to 4pm, Nov-March
Children love the hands-on activites. Something for all the little ones.
145 East Main Street Lancaster, Ohio 43130 (MAP)
Center Hours are: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sundays,1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m, every 1st Friday of the month 1:00 to 7 p.m. Closed Mondays and on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day
Admission free except for groups of 10 or more.
The Decorative Arts Center built circa 1834 was the home of William James Reese, three time mayor of Lancaster, Ohio and his wife, Elizabeth Sherman Reese, the sister of Civil War General William T. Sherman, whose birthplace is next door. The center features Greek Revival and Eastlake decor as well as the art gallery. A winding spiral staircase leads to the gallery. For those who are challenged by stairs, an elevator allows access to the upper and lower levels.
105 E Wheeling St Lancaster, Ohio 43130 (MAP)
Museum hours are: Open T-Sun 1-4 P.M.; April-Nov, Dec. weekends only. - by appt. Jan-March Closed Holidays including Thanksgiving Eve.
Admission fees apply.
The Maccraken Mansion
Marvel at Samuel Maccracken’s 1832 mansion restored to its original architectural grandeur and furnished with exceptional period pieces. Many of the antique furnishings were owned by the Maccracken Family and others were made by Fairfield County’s master craftsmen.
A display of Erickson Glass, formerly made in Bremen, Ohio, is available for viewing.
This historic house was built by Daniel Sifford using Asher Benjamin’s Handbook for Carpenters and represents the best of American and Georgian architecture.
Fundraising Events include: Theme Teas offered in July and December House Tour or Garden Tour offered in alternate years. Cemetery Tour with re-enactors of famous and infamous Lancaster Citizens offered in October Candlelight Tour of historic churches in downtown Lancaster, Ohio performing Christmas Music December
157 E Fair Ave, Lancaster, Ohio 43130 (MAP)
Admission is free.
Fairgrounds is open dawn to dusk. Buildings are open by appointment or during the Fairfield County Fair each year early in October.
Historic Buildings Of interest are the old buildings and structures that have been preserved from the 1800’s and early 1900’s: Wooden Grandstand, Carroll, Ohio C & O Depot, Pioneer Cabin, Weakley School House, Joe Arnold Country Store, Round Cattle Barn, Replica of 1930 Gas Station, Original Flora Hall.
Contact Dave Benson (740)653-3041 for an appointment.
162 E Main St Lancaster, Ohio 43130 (MAP)
In 1806, a Mr. Giani, an Italian immigrant and ardent Catholic built this home on a lot purchased from Jacob & Peter Fetters. The one story brick structure is thought to be the oldest brick structure still standing in the state of Ohio.
In 1817 the first Catholic Mass was said in the original brick structure owned at the time by Michael Garaghty. Mr. Garaghty, a local banker, hired Isaiah Vorys, Sr., prominent local builder, to build an addition to his home. This was done between 1824-1826. John Mumaugh purchased the house in 1857. His last descendant, a daughter May Frances, died in 1929 leaving the homestead to the city of Lancaster to be a memorial to her father and to be used as a cultural center and meeting place, especially for women.
Fairfield County Foundation The city of Lancaster gave the Mumaugh Memorial to the Fairfield County Foundation in May of 2002. The Foundation maintains the property and occupies the back section as its offices.
Historic items of interested include Elizabeth Sherman Reese DAR display of memorabilia.
1570 Granville Pike Lancaster, Ohio 43130 (MAP)
Admission is free. Open library hours. Call for times.
Antique Farm Implements
A small collection of antique farm implements collected by Herb Turner.
Charles Goslin Nature Journal Collection
Charles Goslin was a naturalist in Fairfield County, Ohio and kept logs of his walks around the county. His historic journals are kept nearby.
124 W Main St Lancaster, Ohio 43130 (MAP)
Gift Shop Hours: Tues-Sat Noon-4 pm, Sun 1-4 pm
Museum Hours: (March-October): 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday.
(November-February): 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
Closed on major holidays. Open by appointment other hours.
Admission fees: Adults $6, Seniors $5 and Students $3.
History The opening of the Ohio Glass Museum in 2006 reflects the importance of glass in the history and development of Lancaster and Fairfield County from 1888 to the present. Because of the abundance of raw materials in this area, including natural gas and sandstone, the establishment of the glass industry was a logical step in utilizing those resources. The glass industry has always been a major contributor to the financial stability of the community. In 2003 the Ohio Legislature recognized Lancaster as the “Pressed Glass Capital” of Ohio.
The Museum features rotating exhibits that change regularly, so come back often to see what’s new!
Rock Mill & Lithopolis Rd, Lancaster, Ohio 43130 (MAP)
Rock Mill is open on the weekends – Open May-October Saturday-Sunday 1:00-3:00 pm. Visits to the grounds can be made sunrise to sunset throughout the year.
Fairfield County. Bloom Township. From Lancaster, northwest on S.R. 33 2 miles, left on Lithopolis Road (in Hooker), 3 miles, at the intersection, on Rock Mill Road. Hocking River.
Ohio’s oldest and largest gristmill on the upper falls of the Hocking River. Six Stories with two below grade level. Powered by a 26 ft. overshot water wheel with a mill race cut through solid sandstone more than 30 ft. long.
127 E Main St, Lancaster, OH 43130 (MAP)
Hours: Open T-Sun 12-4 P.M.; April-Nov, 12-4 weekends in December Closed Holidays and Thanksgiving Eve. Closed Jan-March. Call for appointment
Admission is charged.
Birthplace of Senator John and Gen Sherman Birthplace of General William T. Sherman and Senator John Sherman. The Sherman House features Sherman family memorabilia, Civil War and GAR artifacts.
Parts of the house were built in 1811 with an addition in 1816 by the Shermans. In 1870 a brick front and victorian parlor were added. 2007 saw the dedication of a “Sherman era garden” planted along the side of the house and in the backyard features plants popular in the 1800’s and used by the Shermans in cooking, scented pillows, etc
3060 BIS Rd. Lancaster, Ohio 43130 (MAP)
The Soapbox Derby Museum is open by appointment only. Call Tom Clark. Admission is free.
The museum is one of the only permanent Derby Museum’s in the United States. Our museum dates back to the beginning of the Lancaster Soap Box Derby back in 1955. You can walk through Derby History and see how the cars have evolved through time. You can see memorabilia, pictures, and lots of cars. We are extremely proud of our museum, and we hope all that love derby will enjoy our facility. Museum hours are by appointment, exception are race week, and on rally weekends, when the museum is open all day.