Historic Sites & Attractions

Don’t Miss These Historic Sites!
There are so many stories to tell about the history of Athens County, and thanks to community members’ passion for preservation and restoration, many of those stories are still with us.

Hocking Valley Scenic Railway

The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway transports passengers back to a simpler time when the locomotive was the most efficient form of transportation.

The Ridges Trails

Trail options include a Ridges Cemeteries Nature Walk, developed by the local chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness, which winds through several cemeteries located on the grounds of the former asylum.

Dairy Barn Arts Center

Respected regionally, nationally, and internationally, The Dairy Barn Arts Center is a must-see for any visitor to Athens County.

The Kennedy Museum of Art

The Kennedy Museum of Art is located in historic Lin Hall at The Ridges on the Ohio University campus.

Nelsonville’s Historic Public Square

Nelsonville’s Historic Public Square was once the center of activity for Nelsonville and its surrounding coal mining communities. In recent years the square has come back to life and is now a popular shopping destination.

Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest institution of higher learning in Ohio and the Northwest Territory. The 1,740-acre campus is divided into five greens – East, West, North, South and College. The East, West, North and South green house most of the student dormitories while the College green serves as the center of it all.