Athens County has a rich history. Formed in 1805 from part of Washington County, Athens County has experienced coal mining, pioneering education and so much more. Some of this history has been recorded on Historical Markers. These markers tell us stories from the past. They commemorate specific sites, events and sometimes even people. There are nine Ohio Historical Society Historical Markers and several privately erected markers in Athens County. This driving tour will take you to all of them. We hope you enjoy discovering the unique history of Athens County.
These directions will take you to each of Athens Counties Historic Marker.
For more information about Athens County History, visit the Athens County Historical Society and Museum, located at 65 N. Court St. or check out www.athenshistory.org.
For more information about Ohio Historical Markers, visit www.remarkableohio.org.
Subject: Albany and the Enterprise Academy
Location: NW Corner of Washington & West Clinton Streets, Albany, Ohio, 45710
Sponsors: Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Athens County Historical Society and Museum, and The Ohio Historical Society
Subject: Dow Finsterwald Day, September 25, 1958 – This marker commemorates Athens Counties own little slice of Golf History, marking the time and place where some of the games greatest players met for the first time.
Location: Athens Country Club, 7606 Country Club Rd, Athens, OH 45701
Sponsors: The Athens Foundation/Ad Hoc Dow Finsterwald Marker Committee and The Ohio Historical Society
Subject: Ohio University’s Peden Stadium
Location: Peden Stadium, Richland Ave. and South Green Dr., Athens, OH 45701
Sponsors: Ohio University Intercollegiate Athletics Department and The Ohio Historical Society
Subject: Ohio University
Location: Alumni Gateway, Corner of Union and Court Streets, Athens, OH 45701
Sponsors: The Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The International Paper Company Foundation, and The Ohio Historical Society
Check out the historical marker for the Alumni Gateway as well. It is located just to the left after walking through the gateway. The Alumni Gateway Marker is a non-OHS marker.
Subject: Berry Hotel
Location: 18 N. Court Street, Athens, OH 45701
The marker for the Berry Hotel, which was destroyed by fire in the 1970s, is located in front of the Court Street Diner. This is a non-OHS marker.
Subject: Western Library Association, 1804 – The Coonskin Library
Location: Village Park, 1 State Street, Amesville, OH 45711
Sponsors: Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The International Parper Company Foundation, and The Ohio Historical Society
Subject: Athens County Infirmary
Location: 13183 State Route 13, Millfield, OH 45761
Sponsors: Athens County Department of Job and Family Services and The Ohio Historical Society
Other: The former Athens County Infirmary is currently the home of Athens County Job and Family Services.
Subject: Hisylvania Coal Company Mine No. 22
Location: Glouster Community Park, State Route 13, Glouster Village, OH 45732
Sponsors: Buckeye Hills R.C.& D. and The Ohio Historical Society
Subject: Hocking Valley Railway
Location: Canal Street and St. Rte. 33, Next to the Rocky Boot Outlet, Nelsonville, OH, 45764
Sponsors: The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway and The Ohio Historical Society
Subject: The Hocking Valley Coal Strike, 1884-5
Location: Public Square, Nelsonville, OH 45764
Sponsors: Ohio Bicentennial Commission, Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council, and The Ohio Historical Society