National Road
Places to Visit

Other Places to Visit

While you're staying with us, explore the historic sites and diverse treats of 
Central Ohio!

1. Historic Places

2. Places to Eat

3. Places to Shop

4. Places to Play


Historic Places

In Clark County:

Ohio's Historic National Road- Take a scenic drive down the Historic National Road, following the signs that mark where the old National Trail ran across Ohio.  The Historic National Road runs right through South Vienna and downtown Springfield.  Take your National Road traveler's guide provided in your cabin and travel the trail!
Heritage Center of Clark County-  Built in 1890 as a city market house, the Heritage Center is an architectural work of art.  The museum houses collections of artifacts from around Clark County, the home of 4-H, site of the Revolutionary War Battle of Peckuwe, and the birthplace of many famous people including Lillian Gish and John Legend.
117 South Fountain Av.
Springfield, OH
Crabill Homestead- Visit a preserved frontier homestead with outbuildings and occasionally costumed guides.  The Crabill Homestead is also home to the 49th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, which holds living history events at the homestead several weekends a year.
2800 Urbana Rd
Springfield, OH
George Rogers Clark Park- This 248-acre park was the site of the Battle of Peckuwe (Piqua), the largest Civil War battle fought west of the Alleghenies.  Two Shawnee villages, one possibly being Tecumseh's birthplace, also once stood where the park is today.  George Rogers Clark Park is home to the Daniel Hertzler House, a restored 1850s house and the site of a grisly murder, and the Fair at New Boston, a reenactment of an early 1800s market festival.
S Tecumseh Rd, 
Springfield, OH
The Gammon House- This famous stop on the Underground Railroad, owned by a black freeman, features a tunnel in the basement and secret passages around the house.  Currently, the house is still being renovated as a museum.
620 Piqua Place
Springfield, OH
Westcott House- This home is the only building in Clark County designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  It was built in 1904 for Burton J. Westcott.
85 S Greenmount Ave
Springfield, OH
Pennsylvania House Museum- This former stagecoach inn on the Historic National Road was a 24-room haven for weary travelers passing through Springfield.  It is currently being renovated by the Lagonda Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution but is open to the public the first Sunday of each month except January and February.
1311 W Main St
Springfield, OH

Springfield's High Street- Take a driving tour through Springfield down High Street, which is referred to by some as Industrialists' Row.  Ornate Victorian and earlier era homes grace both sides of the street, many of them restored to their original splendor.

Davey Tannery Building- The Davey Tannery Building, built in 1845 sits on the northwest corner of East Street in South Vienna.  It is not open to the public.

Melody Cruise-In- Along the Historic National Road in Harmony, Ohio, just a few miles west of the Historic Buena Vista Motel, is one of the few surviving drive-in movie theatres in the country.  The Melody Cruise-In still shows movies between Memorial Day and Labor Day and is also home to St. John's Lutheran Church's Drive-In Church on Sunday mornings at 8:00 during the same season.
4025 E National Rd
Springfield, OH

Madonna of the Trail- This statue is one of twelve identical statues placed along trails heading west by the Daughters of the American Revolution.  The Madonna of the Trail statues represent the spirit of female pioneers and depict a pioneer woman holding a baby in one hand and a rifle in the other.  It stands along the Historic National Road on the west edge of Springfield.


In Madison County- 

Red Brick Tavern- The Red Brick Tavern restaurant in Lafayette stands tall along the Historic National Road.  The tavern was home to a stagecoach inn during the late-1800s and was visited by Henry Clay, William Henry Harrison, and Martin Van Buren.  Today, the tavern is a restaurant.
1700 Cumberland St
London, OH

Historic London- A few miles off of the Historic National Road, down Route 56, is London, Ohio.  Visit the downtown courthouse, which dates back to the mid-1800s.  Walk the Historic Downtown District, where you can look at restored Victorian homes,  visit a quaint park, and window shop in historic storefronts.


In Franklin County- 

Ohio Historical Society and Ohio Village- The Ohio Historical Society owns and operates a museum dedicated to the history, including the natural history, of Ohio.  The Ohio Village is a reconstructed mid-1800s village behind the Ohio Historical Center.  It is open for special public events and scheduled group tours.
1982 Velma Ave
Columbus, OH
Ohio State House/ Ohio State Capital- This National Historic Landmark was build between 1839 and 1861.  Besides its beautiful Greek Revival architecture, the statehouse is also famous as one of the places where Abraham Lincoln's body lie in state.  Parts of the statehouse are open to the public for tours.
25 S High St
Columbus, OH
LeVeque Tower- Built in 1927, LeVeque Tower was the first skyscraper in Columbus.  Today, the LeVeque Tower is home to the Palace Theater, which shows both films and live stage productions.
50 W. Broad St.
Columbus, OH
Oberdoer House- Built in 1807, the Oberdoer House was the headquarters for William Henry Harrison during the War of 1812.  It is now the office of the Franklin County Genealogical Society.
570 W. Broad St.
Columbus, OH
Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery- Built as a soldiers' camp during the Civil War, Camp Chase was turned into a cemetery for the Confederate soldiers who died while prisoners in the camp.
2925 W. Broad St.
Columbus, OH
Thurber House- The Thurber House was the home of early 1900s columnist and cartoon artist James Thurber.  The house is open to public tours.
77 Jefferson Ave
Columbus, OH

Ohio State University- Sprawling over most of Northern and Central Columbus is the Ohio State University, one of the largest universities in the country.  The Ohio State University opened in 1873 and is home to the Ohio State Buckeyes football team.


In Greene County- 

Antioch College- Antioch was founded in 1852 in Yellow Springs, Ohio.  It's campus encompasses most of Yellow Springs and includes several historic buildings as well as Glen Helen, a conservation park.
795 Livermore St.
Yellow Springs, OH

Indian Mounds- Within the parks of Greene County are many Hopewell and Adena mounds and earthworks including the Pollock Works and the Williamson Mound.

The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center- Although the site itself is not historical, the National Afro-American Museum is dedicated to history.  The museum chronicles the history of African American life from before America was a country to today.
1350 Brush Row Rd.
Greene County, OH
National Museum of the USAF- Admission is free to this sprawling museum dedicated to the history of flight.  Just a few miles from where the Wright Brothers lived and worked, the museum houses planes, jets, and other air travel vehicles from every era of flight.  One of the newest exhibits includes vehicles still used by the air force today.  Also on special exhibit are test vehicles and retired Air Force 1 jets.
1100 Spaatz St
Dayton, OH
Clifton Mill- Clifton Mill is a working grist mill that has been in operation since 1802.  The mill houses a museum and sells flour still ground there.  Also on the site is a restored 1940s gas station full of memorabilia from the era (the same era as the Historic Buena Vista Motel cabins).  During the Christmas season, the mill is decorated with lights and is home to a giant model railroad display and Santa museum.
75 Water Street
Clifton, OH


In Montgomery County-

Patterson Homestead- The home of the Patterson family, one of the most influential Dayton families, has been restored and refurnished as a museum.
1815 Brown St.
Dayton, OH


In Miami County-

Lock Nine Park- Lock Nine Park is home to a partially-restored Eerie Canal lock.
Downtown Piqua
Piqua Historical Area State Memorial- Take a mule-drawn boat down part of the Eerie Canal, and walk the Woodland Indian Museum.  Experience Ohio history firsthand in this interactive outdoor museum.
9845 North Hardin Rd.
Piqua, OH


In Champaign County-

Champaign County Historical Society- Daniel Boone, Simon Kenton, and George Rogers Clark all spent time in Champaign County during the Revolutionary War.  The Champaign County Historical Society Museum houses a collection of artifacts from around Champaign County.
809 East Lawn Avenue
Urbana, Ohio

Places to Eat

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Less than 5 miles away-

The Pizza Pause- $, 6780 E. National Rd. Harmony, OH, thin-crust pizza, calzones, delivery available

Hensley's Main Street Pizza- $, 5 N. Urbana St., South Vienna, OH, homemade pizza

Shoemaker's- $, 21 W. Main St., South Vienna, OH, grocery store and deli, fresh-sliced meats and cheeses, fried chicken, fresh-dipped ice cream seasonally


5-14 miles away-

RT 41 Rootbeer Stand- $$$, 3659 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield, OH, only open seasonally, 1950s-style drive-in restaurant, American fare, root beer in frosted mugs

Linardos Villa- $$$$, 2230 E. Main St., Springfield, OH, Greek,

Catdaddy's Cafe- $$$, 1802 E. Main St., Springfield, OH, catfish, seafood, hamburgers

Los Mariachi's- $$, 1815 E. Main St., Springfield, OH, recently moved less than a mile down Main St., Mexican

China Buffet- $$, 1909 E. Main St., Springfield, OH, Chinese, Asian

Fountain On Main- $$, 14 E. Main St., Springfield, OH, 1950s-style soda fountain, sandwiches, malts, milkshakes, ice cream sodas

Tea Berries- $$$, 1600 Leffel Ln., Springfield, OH, tea, sandwiches, American and European delicacies

Mike and Rosie's Deli- $$, 330 W. McCreight Ave, Springfield, OH, deli, American, sandwiches, famous for soft drink/chip selection and salt sticks with cream cheese

Rudy's Smokehouse Barbeque- $$, 2100 S. Limestone St., Springfield, OH, smoked meats, barbeque

Joe's U.S. 40 Grill- $$$, 1205 W. North St., Springfield, OH, American, grilled and barbeque sandwiches, famous for Dr. Dan's Magical Meat Elixir (barbeque sauce)

Young's Jersey Dairy- $$, 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd., Yellow Springs, OH, homemade ice cream, American, sandwiches

Golden Jersey Inn- $$$, 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd., Yellow Springs, OH, homemade ice cream, American country-style, homemade applesauce and sweet potato bread brought to your table during dinner hours

Cappy's Pizza- $, 247 Lafayette St., London, OH, thin-crust pizza, subs

Dixie Depot- $$, 180 W. High St., London, OH, American country-style, chili, sandwiches

Red Brick Tavern- $$$, 1700 Cumberland St., London, OH, American old-fashioned, pasta

Millrace Restaurant- $$$, 75 Water St., Clifton, OH, American country-style, fresh-baked breads, breakfast served all day

Mumford's Potato Chip & Deli- $$, 325 N. Main St., Urbana, OH, deli sandwiches, famous for home-made potato chips


15-19 miles away-

Sunrise Cafe- $$$$, 259 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs, OH, sandwiches, organic meats, vegetarian

Ye Olde Trail Tavern- $$$, 228 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs, OH, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, calzones, wine and beer


20-30 miles away-

Giovanni's- $$$, 215 W. Main St., Fairborn, OH, Italian, pizza

Foy's Rock & Roll Grill- $$, 22 E. Main St., Fairborn, OH, 1950s-style diner, American, burgers


More than 30 miles away-

Schmidt's Sausage Haus- $$$, 240 E. Kossuth St., Columbus, OH, German, famous for giant cream puffs

Ding Ho Restaurant- $$$, 3741 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH, Chinese, Cantonese


Places to Shop

Johnson's Lamp Shop- 8518 E. National Rd., Springfield, OH.  Just outside your front door is Johnson's Lamp Shop, the Midwest's largest and finest lamp shop.  Johnson's sells antique lamps, modern lighting, and reproductions.  Bring in your lamp base for proper fitting of shades.

Heart of Ohio Antique Mall- 4785 E. National Rd., Springfield, OH, auction house and sprawling antique mall covering over 116,000 square feet

Springfield Antique Center- 1735 Titus Rd. Springfield, OH, large antique mall near Clark County Fairgrounds

AAA I-70 Antique Mall- 4700 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield, OH, 30,000-square-foot antique mall with many dealers

Trader's World- 601 N. Union Rd., Middletown, OH.  A 45-minute drive from the Historic Buena Vista Motel is Trader's World, a sprawling complex of hundreds of small stores.  Trader's World is neither a mall nor a flea market.  It comprises stores that sell everything from hand-crafted decorations to tradable memorabilia.

Fairborn- Featuring Foy's costume shops, Dong Yang Oriental Foods, the Bookery comic book stores, the Daisy Barrel quilting store, and more!

Yellow Springs- Shop the streets of this quaint college town, featuring organic food, ethnic clothing, and more!

German Village- Visit Columbus' German Village, where Germany comes to America!  Authentic German stores and restaurants line the cobblestone streets.

Columbus' Short North- Just north of Broad Street (the Historic National Road) in Columbus is the Short North District, a shopping district sandwiched between downtown Columbus and Ohio State's campus.  Visit unique stores and restaurants including the North Market, an international marketplace.

Waynesville- This historic town has been restored to its Victorian splendor and is home to many antique malls... and ghost stories!

Also, be sure to visit all of the area malls in Springfield, Columbus, Fairborn, and Dayton!


Places to Play

COSI Columbus- 4000 West Broad St., Columbus, OH, COSI Columbus, the Center of Science and Industry, is an interactive science museum.  Open Wednesday through Sunday, COSI offers fun, unique activities for both kids and adults.

Ohio Renaissance Festival- Open weekends in late August, September, and early October, the Ohio Renaissance Festival is an Ohio tradition unlike any other.  Hidden in the hills near Waynesville, Ohio, the Renaissance Festival is a yearly escape into Europe's past.

Splash! Moraine- 3800 Main St., Dayton, OH, This miniature water park is a great retreat from the summer heat for both adults and children.  Featuring two water slides, a wave pool, and a lazy river, Splash Moraine has enough to fill an entire day of watery fun!

Young's Jersey Dairy- 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd., Yellow Springs, OH, Young's Jersey Dairy is a working dairy farm featuring a petting zoo, tractors to play on, water games in the summer, and Udders and Putters mini-golf.  In the fall, take a scary hayride through the fields behind Young's and find your way through their corn maze.

King's Island- Ohio is known as the state with the most roller coasters, and King's Island is home to quite a few of them (beaten only by Cedar Point in Sandusky).  King's Island offers relaxing shows and slow rides for those who aren't fond of coasters, but it is most famous for its scream machines, including the Beast, over 25 years old and still the longest and one of the scariest roller coasters in the world.

Glen Helen- Glen Helen, a conservation park maintained by Antioch College, features the Yellow Spring, a natural spring known for its orange color.  Glen Helen also includes the Raptor Center, which monitors and takes care of the birds of prey in the area.


    Clifton Gorge in Clark and Greene Counties features a deep natural gorge and the remains of Indian settlements.

    John Bryan State Park in Clark County, which includes a part of the Clifton Gorge, features natural rock formations and caves.

    Cedar Bog in Champaign County is one of the few wet bogs left in the country.


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