"Enroute Between Columbus, OH and Charleston, WV" Chester by atufft

Chester Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 6 photos

Ohio's Shade River and Forked Run Lake Region

Loaded with Washington State Apples, my GPS routed me southeast from Columbus, Ohio along highways US33 and US50, enroute to Charleston, West Virginia, from where I caught interstate freeways leading onward to Richmond, Virginia. Normally, my big rig routing restricts me to the interstate freeway system, so this route was a welcome relief from dreary boredom of I-70, as I made my way east from the Yakima Valley in Washington. The rolling hills of southeast Ohio are well fed with water and in many places where the economy has been in decline for quite some time, the forests are beginning to reappear and show maturity in the width of sizeable tree trunks, towering canopy of deciduous and confirs, and the understory of lovely Ohio buckeye and flowering dogwood. The route is neverless well developed as a recently paved expressway most of the way, passing through with few stop lights the sizeable towns of Lancaster and Athens. However, as US50 approached the region of the upper Ohio River, the Garmin routed me south onto Ohio route 7, which passes through even smaller hamlets. One of these is Chester, which sits at the junction of state routes 7 and 248, on the Shade River, a minor tributary of the mighty Ohio River. In this region, Ohio has preserved the recreational value of the Forked Run Lake and the Shade River State Forest, and so Chester is a gateway to these, having also the benefits of long established Boy Scout and Church Camps.

Federal Style Courthouse and Confederate Raid

Chester is a very small town of a small lumber yard and small rundown collection of commercial buildings and dilapidated 19th century homes. The most distinctive feature of the town is the brick Federal Style Courthouse which is located high above the town on a hill. Located there also is an early brick school building. Chester is historically important, not only as a former seat of Meig County (the current county seat is in Pomeroy 8 miles away), but also as the point where Confederate forces penetrated furthest north during the American Civil War. This was a pillage and plunder by Kentucky calvary across the Ohio river, one that was quickly contained by the Union troops dispatched to the area.

  • Last visit to Chester: Sep 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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