There’s nothing more refreshing than a leisurely stroll down a cobblestone street in a charming, historic district. Fortunately, Ohio is home to several old town districts that are perfect for a leisurely stroll on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Here are 10 of our favorites:
1. German Village (Columbus)
Perfect for a quaint day trip getaway, this lovely little village in Columbus will truly charm you with its book shop, (featuring more than 30 rooms of books) authentic German food and a stroll through Schiller Park. This historic neighborhood prides itself in preserving its German heritage and architecture.
2. Oregon Historic District (Dayton)
Dayton's oldest district covers approximately 60 acres. Many of the homes and businesses feature Queen Anne style architecture, Federal architecture and Greek Revival architecture. It's a beautiful area to explore on a sunny day.
3. Harmar Village (Marietta)
Officially settled as part of Marietta in 1788, this charming village has seen its fair share of history, including the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1803 and active abolitionists during the Civil War. Today, it is home to more than 200 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, local shops, museums and restaurants. The village is connected to downtown Marietta via the Harmar Railroad Bridge, between the Muskingum River and scenic hillside.
4. Columbia-Tusculum (Cincinnati)
Known for its Victorian-era homes decorated in the colorful Painted Ladies style, Cincinnati's oldest neighborhood is located in the Ohio River Valley. Local restaurants, shops, parks and bike trails are just a few of the many amenities and entertainment options to check out here. (Pictured is the Stephen Decker Rowhouse.)
5. Ohio City (Cleveland)
What was once called "The City of Ohio" is now one of Cleveland's oldest neighborhoods, located west of the Cuyahoga River. Officially annexed into the city of Cleveland in 1854, this thriving neighborhood is now home to approximately 9,000 residents and more than 250 businesses.
6. Old West End (Toledo)
Featuring 25 city blocks of late Victorian-era homes, this neighborhood is home to one of the largest collections of late Victorian houses left in the country. Old West End also features Colonial, Georgian, Italian Renaissance, Queen Ann, Dutch Colonial, French Second Empire and Arts and Crafts homes, according to the neighborhood's website.
7. Wick Park Historic District (Youngstown)
Wick Park is the centerpiece of this historic neighborhood, which is where many of the city's wealthiest business leaders and professionals stayed during the industrial era. The park was named after donor James Wick, a Youngstown area industrialist.
8. Mackinaw Historic District (Franklin)
Added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1980, this historic neighborhood features homes built between 1825 and 1925 with numerous architectural styles, such as Queen Anne and other Victorian styles.
9. Sugarcreek (Tuscarawas County)
"The Little Switzerland of Ohio" covers a total area of a little more than three and a half square miles. This village is a popular tourist destination for anyone looking to explore Ohio's Amish Country, and it takes pride in its Swiss and German heritage.
10. Boneyfiddle (Portsmouth)
Century-old buildings, unique architecture, colorful murals and antique shops abound in this historic neighborhood in Portsmouth with German roots. The origin of the district's name is unknown, but the murals in the area depict Portsmouth's development from prehistoric times to the late 20th-century.
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