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Chillicothe is a city in Ross County in South Central Ohio and is the county seat of Ross County. In the 1800s, it was designated as the capital of the "eastern section" of the Northwest Territory. Later the State Constitutional Convention was held in Chillicothe, and in 1803, Ohio entered the Union, Chillicothe became the first state capital of Ohio. The name of the city was derived from a Shawnee word meaning "principal town". It is located along the Scioto River and Paint Creek.


Hopewell Culture National Historic Park

Get in[edit]

Map of Chillicothe (Ohio)

By car[edit]

  • Approx 45 miles south of Columbus along US-23 or SR-104
  • Approx 80 miles southeast of Dayton along US-35.
  • Approx 100 miles east of Cincinnati along US-50
  • Approx 44 miles north of Portsmouth along US-23 or SR-104.

By plane[edit]

Get around[edit]


Downtown Chillicothe
  • Pump House Center for the Arts, Yoctangee Park, +1 740 772-5783. Tu-F 11AM-4PM, Sa Su 1PM-4PM. The Pump House was constructed in 1883 as a municipal pumping station for distribution of water from the deep well field in Yoctangee Park. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Pump House is an example of Victorian Gothic architecture housing an ever changing collection of painting, sculpture and art.
  • Dard Hunter Studios, 8 Highland Ave, +1 740-774-1236. The Mountain House was built in 1850 by a German family named Meggenhofen who operated a winery here for many years, tending the terraced vineyards below the house. Gift shop is open M-F 9AM to 5PM. Reservations are required for a tour. Call at least 24 hours in advance to schedule an appointment.
Bird Claw and Bear Tooth in mica - Hopewell
  • 1 Adena Mansion and Gardens, Adena Road (outside of Chillicothe), +1 740-772-1500. Home of Thomas Worthington (1773-1827). He was the sixth Governor of Ohio and one of the first United States senators from Ohio. There is a newer museum and education center. The view from the north lawn to the Logan Range is depicted on the Great Seal of Ohio. Quite a place. $7. Adena Mansion (Q4682182) on Wikidata Adena Mansion on Wikipedia
  • 2 Chillicothe Railroad Museum, Paint and Water Sts, +1 740-702-7675. M-F 10AM-4PM, Sa Su noon-3PM. Chillicothe Railroad Museum (Q111383327) on Wikidata
  • James A. Thomas Telephone Museum, 68 E Main St, +1 740-772-8200. M-F 8:30AM-4:30PM. Free. James M. Thomas Telephone Museum (Q111383400) on Wikidata
  • Dr. John D. Harris Dental Museum (Bainbridge Dental Museum), 209 Main St, +1 740-634-2228, . Located in Bainbridge, Ohio, Hours vary. Bainbridge Dental Museum (Q111383440) on Wikidata
  • Lucy Hayes Heritage Center, 90 W 6th St, +1 740-775-5829. Hours vary.
  • Majestic Theater, 45 E 2nd St. Longest running, free standing theater in United States.
  • Ross County Heritage Center, 45 W 5th St, +1 740-772-1936. Hours vary.
  • Roscoe Village, 381 Hill St, +1 740-622-9310, toll-free: +1-800-877-1830. Restored Ohio & Erie Canal port village.
  • Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre - Tecumseh!, 5968 Marietta Rd. Huge outdoor stages.

Hopewell sites[edit]

Five out of the eight components of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks is in or relatively close to Chillicothe:

  • 3 Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, 16062 State Route 104, +1 740 774-1126. A group of 23 earthen mounds built by the Hopewell culture, 200 BC to AD 500, destroyed by the US Federal Government to build Fort Sherman in 1913 and then partially rebuilt/restored and turned into a National Historic Park. In 2023 it was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hopewell Culture National Historical Park (Q4315010) on Wikidata Hopewell Culture National Historical Park on Wikipedia
  • 4 Mound City.
  • 5 High Bank Works.
  • 6 Hopewell Mound Group.
  • 7 Seip Earthworks (southwest of Chillicothe, near Bainbridge).


  • Chillicothe Paints. Single A, Frontier League Baseball - 90 game schedule Chillicothe Paints (Q16987135) on Wikidata Chillicothe Paints on Wikipedia
  • Paint Valley Jamboree, 125 E Main St, Bainbridge, +1 740-634-3333. Sa 7PM. Ohio's oldest country music show since 1965; call for reservations.
  • Annual Feast of the Moon Festival, . Last weekend in May. A festival that attempts to preserve Native American culture. Feast of the Flowering Moon (Q111383473) on Wikidata
  • Charity Bed Race. 4th of July.
  • Ross County Fair, 344 Fairgrounds Rd, +1-740-775-5083. First full week in August. Ross County Fair (Q111383485) on Wikidata
  • Easy Rider Rodeo. every Labor Day Weekend.
  • International Sunflower Festival (Frankfort). Labor Day Weekend.
  • Mountain Heritage Camp out (Tar Hollow State Park). one weekend in mid-Sep.
  • Apple Harvest Festival, Hersch Fruit Farm, 12846 State Route 772. Mid-September. Orchard tours, pick your own apples, apple butter making, corn maze, petting animals, horse drawn wagon rides.
  • Fall Festival of the Leaves Bainbridge. 3 days in mid-Oct
  • Lucy and Rutherford Hayes Anniversary Celebration, +1 740-755-1780. Lucy Hayes Heritage Center, 90 West Sixth St. In the last few days of December. Reservations required.
  • 1 Southern Ohio Storytelling Festival, 1 Enderlin Circle, toll-free: +1-800-413-4118. Thursday-Saturday after Labor Day, this festival features several national and regional storytellers in a tent at the Pump House in Yoctangee Park. Weekend Pass: Students $5, Adults $10. Southern Ohio Storytelling Festival (Q7570219) on Wikidata Southern Ohio Storytelling Festival on Wikipedia


The Temple of the Winds. Chillicothe has a number of historic buildings.


  • Chillicothe Farmers Market, 475 Western Ave. May-Oct: Sa 8AM-noon. Anyone interested in selling at the market can register between 7AM and 8AM
  • History Store, 101 N Paint St, +1 740-775-7400. M-Sa 10AM-5:30PM.


  • Giovanni's Pizza, 423 Western Ave, +1 740-773-0022. Locally owned and operated, New York style pizza
  • Crispie Creme, 47 N Bridge St, +1 740-774-3770. Donuts.
  • Old Canal Smokehouse, 94 E Water St, +1 740-779-3278. M-Th 11AM-9PM, F-Su 11AM-10PM.
  • Mona Lisa Café, 35 N Paint St, +1 740-779-3337. M-Th 11AM-10PM, F Sa 11AM-11PM. Mediterranean restaurant & cocktail lounge. Greek, French and Middle Eastern food plus steaks, salmon, burgers and gyros. Entertainment on weekends. Wireless internet available.
  • Carl's Townhouse, 95 W 2nd St, +1 740-773-1660. 6AM-5PM daily. Carl's is a family owned, hometown diner style restaurant. Great food for breakfast and lunch... but don't expect dinner there, because they close at 5PM.
  • County Crust Bakery, 4918 SR 41 South, Bainbridge.
  • The Old Home Place, +1 740-998-4303. 1/4 mile north of U.S. Route 35. Amish Bakery - Troyer Meats - Cheese - Bulk Foods.



  • 1 Great Seal State Park, 4908 Marietta Rd, +1 740-887-4818. 15-site campground, pressurized water, vault latrines, playground, shelterhouse, pet camping, shelterhouse, horse camp, 22 miles of trails, hunting, playground equipment, disc golf course, volleyball, basketball, horseshoe court. Great Seal State Park (Q49495624) on Wikidata
  • 2 Best Western Adena Inn, 1250 N Bridge St, +1 740-775-7000, fax: +1 740 773-1622.
  • Holiday Inn Express, 1003 E Main St, +1 740-779-2424.
  • 3 Hampton Inn & Suites' Chillicothe.
  • Comfort Inn Chillicothe.
  • 4 Christopher Inn And Suite.
  • 2 Scioto Trail State Park (Ross County, south of Chillicothe, east of Route 23 on CR 372.). 55 campsites, 40 with electricity, latrines, water, fire rings, picnic tables are provided. A secluded hike-in camp near Stewart Lake has 18 non-electric sites. Two rustic camper cabins are available. Fishing, hunting, twelve miles of hiking trails, 17 miles of bridle trails, nature center, basketball, horseshoe courts, playground, games and sporting equipment to registered campers, basketball, horseshoe courts and volleyball court. Scioto Trail State Park (Q49558823) on Wikidata


Go next[edit]

  • Tar Hollow State Park, east part of Ross County, east of Chillicothe, at 16396 Tar Hollow Road, Laurelville, 71 sites with electrical hookups, 11 non-electric sites, 12 walk-in sites, and 5 primitive sites along a backpack trail. Equipped with showers, laundry facilities, pit latrines and a dump station. The beach is close by. Boating with electric motors only, permitted on the 15-acre Pine Lake. Perfect for canoes and rowboats.
  • Columbus
  • Lancaster
  • Portsmouth
Routes through Chillicothe
ColumbusCircleville  N  S  PortsmouthCatlettsburg
DaytonXenia  W  E  JacksonCharleston
CincinnatiMilford  W  E  AthensParkersburg

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