Buckeye Furnace State Memorial
Where: Wellston, Jackson CountyThe Buckeye Furnace is Ohio’s only restored charcoal furnace, and the site not only reveals the incredible process involved in separating impurities from raw iron ore, but also is a testament to the living conditions of company laborers in the 19th century. Visitors will embark on a self-guided tour through the buildings, including the charcoal furnace, a stock shed, and a general store.
Buffington Island Memorial State Park
Where: Portland, Meigs CountyThe Buffington Island Memorial commemorates the only significant Civil War battle to take place in Ohio. A monument made of broken Ohio glacial boulders overlooks the four acre park. It is a great place to enjoy picnics and learn about the area’s history.
Leo Petroglyph State Memorial
Where: Leo, Jackson CountyThe Leo Petroglyph is an outstanding example of prehistoric Native American inscriptions from nearly 1000 years ago. The site hosts 37 incised drawings preserved for future generations and a scenic trail that winds through a sandstone gorge
Big Bottom State Memorial Park
Where: Stockport, Morgan CountyIn 1790, Big Bottom became the site of Ohio's third white settlement, but historians may remember this area best as the location of an Indian massacre in 1791, when 12 settlers were killed. While the park serves today as an excellent site for family outdoor fun, visitors also can catch up on their history by viewing the monument erected in memory of the settlers.