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OHIO 2017

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48 2 0 1 7 o h i o h a s i t ! g r o u p t r a v e l g u i d e HISTORIC VILLAGE AT WEAVER PARK HILLIARD Established in 1853, Hilliard commemorates its beginnings at the Historic Village at Weaver Park. e village buzzes with activity as cos- tumed docents lead tours and give demonstrations that off er a glimpse into 1800s life. Except for the museum, each original building on the three acres was moved on-site; they include a 19th-century truss bridge, a log cabin, a one-room schoolhouse, an election wagon and a caboose. "We like to start our two-hour tour in the 1855 Colwell Church, which seats up to 110 people, before dividing into smaller groups for a more personalized experience," said executive director of Destination Hilliard Christy Clark, "Each smaller group rotates through the nine buildings, and the church bell rings when it's time to move to the next building." e museum displays vignettes of 1800s life, among them a barber shop and a general store. Rotating exhibits explore themes, such as the current display on military life. Costumed docents might be demonstrat- ing weaving or talking about raising chickens. e covered museum porch makes the perfect spot for a preset meal or food service from the walk-up window. From the gazebo on the center green, musicians can play ragtime or bluegrass as background music. "We're always fi nding something new to bring in, such as nickel hair- cuts for visitors in the authentic barber shop given by our town barber," said Clark. "We've also developed an app for the village." Events throughout the year include a classic car show and mid-Oc- tober's Heritage Days. One of the village's most popular happenings is Santa and the Caboose, held the second Sunday in December. SENECA CAVERNS BELLEVUE Preserved close to its original natural state, family-owned Seneca Caverns ranks as one of the area's largest underground caverns. Discov- ered in 1872 in the state's northeastern region by two boys who were O U T D O O R S Courtesy Destination Hilliard Courtesy Destination Hilliard Log sawing demonstration in Hilliard "WE'RE ALWAYS FINDING SOME- THING NEW TO BRING IN, SUCH AS NICKEL HAIRCUTS FOR VISITORS IN THE AUTHENTIC BARBER SHOP." — C H R I S T Y C L A R K, DESTINATION HILLIARD Dining on Kelleys Island Courtesy Lake Erie Shores and Islands Historic Village at Weaver Park

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