Museums and Art
Stroll through history. Immerse yourself in the works of local artisans. Discover your inner artist.
The Hocking Hills region has a rich history connecting the area to the Civil War, coal mining, moonshining and World War II. The Fairfield Heritage Association Museums include the birthplace of the Civil War legend, General William Tecumseh Sherman. The Hocking Hills Historical Society & Museum Complex in Historic Downtown Logan also celebrates the region's heritage with an exhibit honoring WWII veterans and the WWII transport ship, the USS Hocking.
Before the Second World War, company towns sprang up throughout the Hocking Hills region during the coal boom. These little cities of black diamonds were home to miners and their families from around 1850 to 1925. Nelsonville's Historic Arts Square stands in homage to the era with the restored Stuart's Opera House. New Straitsville's Robinson's Cave served as the unofficial birthplace of the United Mine Workers Union. And every year the town's fame as the Moonshine Capital of the World is celebrated over Memorial Day weekend with the Moonshine Festival.
Miners were drawn to the region for the natural resources, while artists and craftsmen are now drawn to the beauty of the Hocking Hills for inspiration, with studios and galleries peppered throughout the hills. An Arts & Ag Map is available at the Hocking Hills Welcome Center to direct you to these treasures on and off the beaten path.
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