"Lancaster, Ohio: Historic Beauty" Lancaster by deecat

Lancaster Travel Guide: 14 reviews and 38 photos

Don't Miss Scenic Lancaster

Being history and architectual buffs, Jill and I knew that we just had to visit Lancaster, Ohio. Revolutionary War veteran, Army Colonel Ebenezar Zane, helped settle Lancaster, Ohio, along the banks of the Hock Hocking River. The people who settled here were from both the northeast and the southeast.

The town itself was established 3 years before the state of Ohio. As Jill and I drove into town, we immediately commented about the "wealth" of the area. We later learned in one of the museums that it was indeed a wealthy area because so many lawyers moved here!

Lancaster has four National Register Historic Districts; the area has the oldest mill in Ohio (Rock Mill); there are more covered bridges in this county than any other in Ohio; Lancaster has glass-making companies, The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio is located here; a new Glass Museum opens at the end of May 2006; there are several historic museums and houses in town; and Ohio State University Lancaster is also located here.

It's obvious that there is an active art community, citizens who value their history, and a city that saves and restores its lovely architecture.

The only negatives that Jill and I experienced here was a mediocre lunch, a poor tour guide at the Sherman House, and very bad signage for travel directions.

However, the beauty, culture, architecture, and friendly atmosphere far outweighs any small negatives that we experienced.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Architecture, culture, covered bridges, museums
  • Cons:Poor road sinage at times
  • In a nutshell:Lancaster, Ohio is a real "gem" here in beautiful Ohio.
  • Last visit to Lancaster: May 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2011 at 4:54 AM

    Sorry about the poor tour guide. In Tombstone the gals were terrible about the Birdcages history and Wyatt Earp. The Ohio glass Museum sounds fantastic. Right up my alley. The Georgian Mansion sounds delightful too. It's always neat to get to enjoy old stately mansion. Excellent page Dee!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Feb 25, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Thanks for your excellent description, Dee!

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    A shame about that tour guide and disappointing lunch (though that ice cream was surely a winner!). And you seem to have had a good day out just the same! I really like those 1939 water jugs - so elegant :-)

  • Jan 12, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Boy, did you pack a "ton" into this one-day visit. What an historic city. Your tips are thorough, interesting, and quite informative. You two travel well together.

  • jillzi's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Now this town looks so responsive to art and culture as well as history. Love to read your descriptions.

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    a town with so much glass history - it;s attractions must be transparent

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2008 at 8:42 PM

    What marvellous buildings here - those well-placed in society certainly did live in style in the 1800s! No shortage of history either. Yet another enjoyable tour, Dee, and the ice cream to finish looked delightful.

  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    May 7, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Fantastic tips! (as usual) Hope you taught that tour guide at the Sherman house a thing or two. You bet that would be disappointing...

  • calcaf38's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    What an interesting place, teeming with history, and what a great page you wrote! Thank you for sharing - and also for stumbling by my Carlisle PA page and leaving a kind comment.

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Another five-star page, Dee! Lancaster looks like the type of town my husband and I love to visit....historic, unique shopping and friendly people!


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