What to do in Lancaster

Lancaster, Ohio: This Fairfield County seat has long been recognized for its well-preserved early 19th-century homes, its historic downtown area with parks along Zane square.

For a Self-Guided Audio Tour of the historic downtown area, recordings are available at the Front Desk of Shaw’s Inn. For more information visit www.historiclancaster.com

Sherman House Museum
137 East Main Street
(740) 687-5891
Open April-December

This early frame house is preserved as a Registered National Landmark that is part of the Civil War Discovery Trail. The city of Lancaster commemorates the two Sherman brothers, William Tecumseh and John, who were born in this house, along with nine brothers and sisters. The Sherman House is one of the few examples of New England-style architecture in Lancaster. Sherman built his home in the New England tradition. The wooden house was known as "The Little Brown House on the Hill." Although humble in comparison to the mansions that surround it, the Sherman home was the center of intellectual life and hospitality  in 1800's Lancaster. The original section contains the restored dining room, the master bedroom, and the children's bedroom. The second floor features Civil War memorabilia, and a some personal belongings of the Sherman family, including the family album quilt, and two examples of Mary Sherman's silk on silk needlework. The front brick exterior was added later, when the Sherman family was no longer living there.

The Georgian Museum
105 East Wheeling Street
(740) 654-9923

Open April-December

The majestic Georgian is  the cornerstone of Lancaster's Historic Square. The original owner, entrepreneur Samuel MacCracken, traveled in Europe to raise funds for the expansion of the Ohio Canal system. Upon the return from one of his many trips, MacCracken engaged local builder Daniel Sifford to build a family home similar to the stately mansion of the Lord Mayor of London, complete with fluted Ionic columns that support the massive west portico. As you admire those columns, consider that at an entire tree, taken from the surrounding forest, forms the center of each. The Georgian is as spectacular inside as it is from without. The prosperous and influential MacCracken spared little expense to furnish his home, which was perhaps the most impressive in the city.

Also through the generosity of local donors, visitors can view a large collection of antique dollhouse furnishings, a display of Elijah Pierce wood carvings, and a collection of numerous jade and ivory pieces. Many items of national historic interest are also on display at the Georgian.

The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio
145 East Main Street
(740) 681-1423


"Have nothing in  your houses that you do not know to be useful and believe to be beautiful."

These are the words of William Morris, 19th century British craftsman, designer, writer and poet, and a founder of the Arts and Craft movement.  The Arts and Crafts Movement refers to the efforts of a group of craftsmen, artists, designers and architects who first aimed to raise the status of the applied arts to that of the fine arts. In 1877 in England.  Today in Lancaster, the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio fosters knowledge, enjoyment, and appreciation of the American Decorative Arts, and supports the work of present day Ohio craftsmen and artisans.

The Gift Shop, which is located in the original dining room of the Reese-Peters House, is one of the most beautiful museum shops in America. Visitors can  purchase original work by Ohio artists, and choose from many kinds of American Decorative Arts gifts.

The Ohio Glass Museum and Gift Shop
126 W Main Street


The establishment of the Ohio Glass Museum incorporated in 2002 reflects the importance of glass in the history and development of Lancaster and Fairfield County's financial stability from 1888 to present. Because of the abundance of natural resources including natural gas and sand in this area, the establishment of the glass industry was a logical step in utilizing those resources. In fact, in 2003 Lancaster was designated the "Pressed Glass Capital" of Ohio by the State Legislature.

Through educational and artistic displays of glass, the museum hopes to take the visitor through the development and production of not only industrial glass, but also pressed, blown and art glass.

AHA Children’s Museum

A Hands-on Adventure! Interactive exhibits for kids 7 years and younger
315 S. Broad St.





he Johnson Covered Bridge in Clearcreek Township, Ohio.Interested in Covered Bridges?

Fairfield County has many. We have maps at the front desk of  Shaw’s.
Also, visit www.ohiobarns.com for maps, information and photos.


The Lancaster Chorale
“Ohio’s only 32-voice professional choir and one of America’s premier choral organizations.”
Visit www.lancasterchorale.com or 740-687-5855 for more information and schedules.

Lancaster Community Concerts
A nonprofit, all volunteer association dedicated to presenting outstanding local, national and international artists in music, dance and drama through a series of concerts or recitals.
Visit www.lancastercommunityconcerts.com or 740-654-1003 for more information and schedules.

Feeling creative?

Visit The Artist Within in Baltimore, Ohio, just 10 miles north of Lancaster.

Learn to Paint Pottery, Fused Glass Jewelry, Mosaics, Belly Dance, Guitar Lessons, Open Mic Night, Drum Circles, etc. Visit www.the-artist-within.com for more information or call 740-862-8222.

Golf anyone?
Hit the links at one of our golf courses.

Valley View Golf Club
1511 George Rd.

Pleasant Valley Golf Course
180 Coonpath Rd.

Windy Hills Golf Course
(Next to The Hocking Hills Canopy Tours office) 20 minutes south of Lancaster
Just off Rt. 33, Rockbridge, OH

Other helpful links:

Fairfield County Visitors & Convention Bureau
www.visitfairfieldcounty.org or 800-626-1296

What To Do in Surrounding Lancaster

Need to commune with nature?

Visit the Hocking Hills State Park just south of Shaw’s about 30 minutes.
Visit www.1800hocking.com or call 1-800-HOCKING for year-round activities, maps and links.

Looking for Adventure?

Try a Zipline Canopy Tour with Hocking Hills Canopy Tours, just south of Shaw’s about 20 minutes.

This is a 3 hour adventure of 10 ziplines and 4 skybridges.

Open April-November.
Visit www.hockinghillscanopytours.com or call 740-385-9477.

Need a bigger city experience?

Columbus is located northwest of Lancaster and is only 40 minutes away.
Visit www.experiencecolumbus.com for arts, events and restaurant information.
Visit www.dineoriginalscolumbus.com for independent restaurants.


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