Nelsonville is a charming town just 10 minutes from the City of Athens. It’s the perfect spot for day trip or add-on to a visit to Athens. Just miles from busy downtown Court Street, experience a slower pace in Nelsonville, star of the Hocking Hills.
Get Lost in History
Perhaps one of the best ways to experience Nelsonville’s history is to take in a show at the newly renovated Stuart’s Opera House. Stuart’s is is a non-profit historic theater that hosts over 75 events a year including concerts, theatre, films, and so much more.
Look Down (and Up)
Nelsonville enjoyed a boom during the late 19th century because of its thriving brick-making industry. The area is home to the Starbrick and Nelsonville Block, impervious bricks that lines the sidewalks of the Nelsonville square, including the pedestrian areas around the square’s 112-year-old fountain.
Witness Renewal and Reinvention
Nelsonville has transformed itself from coal- and brick-making town to an artist’s haven. The Nelsonville Emporium & Starbrick Gallery and many others continue to breathe life into the historic buildings around the square and support local artists by providing retail and gallery space.
Enjoy a Meal on the Square
Have a locally-sourced breakfast or lunch at FullBrooks Café or the Boot Factory Grill. If your explorations take you into the evening hours, grab dinner at Rhapsody or Mama Renie’s Pizza. Cap the night off at The Mine Tavern, a watering hole that has been in continuous operation since the 1840s (including a brief stint as a soda shop during Prohibition). Make sure to visit Nelsonville’s nano brewery, Multiple Brewing.
Nelsonville owes much of its charm to its history as a brick-making town. The charm also comes from the people whose shops, galleries, restaurants and events continue to make the public square a place worth visiting.