Late Summer and Early Fall Attractions and Destinations in Ohio

My Most Memorable Diner in Ohio

My parents moved from the big city of Cleveland to what was then the sleepy farm town of Avon Lake before the I-90 freeway stretched that far west. Mom took a break from being a secretary while my sister and I were preschoolers. Dad drove Lake Road daily to get to his tool and die factory job in The Land. There and back, he’d see the alluring roadside family diner in Rocky River – Bearden’s, advertising their famous steakburger – always fresh, never frozen! – since 1948.

We were the signature blue-collar household from back in the day. Eating out was a true treat. And we only did it once per week, on Friday, for supper. There was always an air of excitement when we’d pile into the car without our seatbelts, roll down the windows, and feel the crisp breeze coming off Lake Erie, waves glimmering in the golden hour.  Mom and Dad would laugh—argue—laugh in a weekly ritual that washed away their stress and paved the way for a weekend to get lost in. It usually started with the lit-up sign appearing through the windshield, luring my sister and me to cross the territorial imaginary line in the middle of the backseat to take in the ceremonial view, smile, and then retreat to our corners, saying, “Eww, don’t touch me!”

Inside, we always grabbed a booth, plopped down, and waited for the waitress (always the same lady) while the model train wowed my sister and me with its loops around the dining room from overhead. We never needed a menu. We ordered the same thing time after time. Dad got the steakburger with everything, fries, and Coca-Cola. Oh, and a side salad. The rest of us got the Kiddie Special – yes, even Mom. She said the proportions were more to her liking. Afterward, Dad ordered shakes all around.

For this hour per week, life was never better.

Try it. Bearden’s is still there—now a cool, cheerful, remodeled retro 1950s roadside diner that’s been kid-friendly since 1948!

By Frank Rocco Satullo, The OhioTraveler, Your Tour Guide to Fun 

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Ride the Rails This Fall

Step back in time on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway this fall.

Family fun is only a train ride away on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway. Passengers will make tracks to history when they ride this historic tourist railroad located in Nelsonville, Ohio, near the Hocking Hills.

The HVSR is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that offers historic train rides between Nelsonville and Logan along a former Hocking Valley Railway section. The Nelsonville area was once rich in coal mining and brick production.

This fall, the railroad will offer diesel-powered historic train rides every Saturday and Sunday through the end of October. The popularity of fall colors even prompts the addition of extra trains on Thursdays and Fridays throughout October. The railroad’s fully operational steam locomotive, No. 3, is slated to pull steam specials on Nov. 4 and 5 and should be sporting a recently purchased 5-chime whistle.

Aside from its regular trips, there will be several themed trains this fall, including a pizza and pop train on Sept. 8 to honor a deceased volunteer, an elegant dinner train on Sept. 23, a caboose train on Oct. 7, and a Halloween train on Oct. 28. For the Halloween Train, passengers of all ages are encouraged to come in costumes. Some of the railroad’s volunteers might even be in costume. Children can “trunk or treat” after the ride and visit the haunted train car.

The railroad also has some trains in store for the holiday season. The popular Santa Trains will begin on Nov. 25 and run on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in December before Christmas Eve. Aboard the heated train, passengers will be visited by Santa Claus, who will also distribute candy canes. Some friends may even join Santa. The train will be decorated inside and out. The popular New Year’s Eve Train is also back this year. Passengers will have the option of either riding a car with wine and cheese (21+) or one with pizza and pop. A fireworks display at midnight will help usher in 2024.

Reservations are highly encouraged or required for the railroad’s specialty trains and can be purchased at either or (855) 32DEPOT. Folks should watch the railroad’s Facebook and Instagram accounts for any additional dinner trains, steam specials, or other specialty trains that may be added throughout the year.

Passengers on the HVSR are treated to vintage passenger cars from various railroads. The cars were built between 1916 and the early 1960s. One car was built for branchline trains, while three others were built for commuter trains. Some of the railroad’s cars were built for long-distance trains and currently feature air-conditioning. There is even a 1950 dining car used on the dinner trains. Three passenger cars are former freight cars converted to open-air cars.

The railroad owns six vintage diesel locomotives and one steam locomotive. The diesel locomotives were built between 1944 and 1957, and three are currently in operating condition. One diesel, Chesapeake and Ohio No. 5833 is identical to locomotives that operated in Nelsonville during the 50s and 60s. In April, the HVSR purchased a 1956 diesel switcher from an industry in Columbus, Ohio. The locomotive will soon be moved to Nelsonville by rail and will receive some minor repairs upon arrival. Once repaired, it will begin a new career hauling passengers.

The railroad’s steam locomotive, No. 3, was built in 1920 for Beech Bottom Power Company in West Virginia and was in service until 1968. The locomotive was donated to the HVSR in 1982, and its restoration commenced 19 years later. The volunteer-led restoration was completed in 2015.

Aside from the steam locomotive, restoration projects have ranged from rebuilding a diesel locomotive to restoring passenger cars. The current major shop project is converting an ex-Canadian Pacific coach into a table car for use on the dinner trains.

The railroad’s history dates to the mid-1800s as the Nelsonville area’s coal industry developed at a fast pace. The Hocking Canal could not keep up with the coal industry’s rapid development. Ground was broken for the railroad in Columbus in 1867, and it reached Nelsonville in 1869. The railroad’s arrival helped bring an economic boom to the coal-rich region. Nelsonville once had over 40 mines and mining communities. Brick production was also a prominent industry in the Nelsonville area that thrived with the railroad. On board the train, passengers will see several historic sites, such as brick kilns, a canal lock, and an old company town named Haydenville. Haydenville was named after industrialist Peter Hayden, who incorporated the Haydenville Mining and Manufacturing Company to produce clay products from rich clay. Many company houses are still standing and can be seen from the train. A round silo brick house and the Haydenville Methodist Church can also be seen from the train. The Church incorporates more than 24 types of brick and tile pieces.

This fall, plan to step back in time aboard the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway.

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Daytrip & Weekend Getaways

September is a wonderful time to Visit Coshocton, Ohio! Just a short drive from Columbus, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh, Coshocton is perfect for a day trip or weekend getaway.

The Flint Ridge Knap-In is coming to Coshocton County Fairgrounds September 1 – 4, 2023! This popular event attracts skilled flintknappers from around the country. During the weekend, attendees can watch flintknapping demonstrations, participate in workshops and classes, and browse vendors selling flint and related supplies. The Flint Ridge Knap-In is a great opportunity to learn more about the ancient art of flintknapping, see skilled artisans at work, and connect with others interested in archaeology, history, and primitive skills. For more information, visit Flint Knappers.

The Sip and Stay Thursday Package is a great way to safely experience local wine and beer in Coshocton County. Available only on Thursdays throughout September and October, this affordable package includes a standard room and free hot breakfast for two guests at Coshocton Village Inn & Suites, vouchers to four locations, and transportation provided by Cork & Tap Excursions. Guests will visit Wooly Pig Farm Brewery, Raven’s Glenn Winery & Restaurant, Baltic Mill Winery, and YOLO Winery. Reserve your package, call Coshocton Village Inn & Suites at 740-622-9455. Availability is limited. Details may be found at

Coshocton’s Three Rivers Wine Trail includes seven wineries and a brewery, all within a scenic drive of one another. Get a friend to be your DD on this self-driven trail, or hire Cork & Tap Excursions to drive while you enjoy the Wine Trail! Be sure to pick up a free passport and have it signed at each location to earn your FREE exclusive Three Rivers Wine Trail T-shirt! Each location is individually owned, so that hours will vary. Follow the Three Rivers Wine Trail Ohio Facebook and Instagram to catch the Wine Trail Weekend Lineup posted every Thursday; all the live music, food trucks, and special events will be listed there.

Historic Roscoe Village has something for everyone along its charming brick-lined street. The Living History Tour is a can’t-miss experience when visiting Coshocton. This self-guided walking tour immerses you in the history of an early Ohio and Erie Canal town. Kids of all ages can try vintage craft-making like candle dipping, weaving, and rope making as a part of their tour experience. The village is also filled with locally owned shops, restaurants, and a nationally accredited museum to complete the day. Historic Roscoe Village’s Fall Homeschool Days are September 7 – 8, 2023. Kids can spend the day meeting the blacksmith, broom-maker, doctor, doctor’s wife, weaver, and teacher. The day also includes visiting the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, five different crafts, and a Monticello III Canal Boat ride. Details may be found at

Beer Maze and Wine Your Way Out at Coshocton KOA are annual favorites for the over-21 crowd. These exclusive events take tasters through the twisty rows of McPeek’s Mighty Maze’s 5-acre corn maze. In hidden corners, discover the secret treasures of the maze: Ohio-made craft beer or Ohio-made wine! You may never want to find your way out. Finish the night with food trucks, live music, and your favorite beer/wine at the cash bar. The Beer Maze is one day only, September 9, 2023.

Wine Your Way Out is September 16, 23, and 30.

Our Town Coshocton’s last 2023 Summer Concert series concert is on September 17, with 7 Bridges, an Eagles Tribute Band. The concert is free to the public.

For those looking ahead to cooler weather and fall colors, save these dates for upcoming events in Coshocton County:

  • Harvest Days at Schumaker Farms: Every Saturday & Sunday in October
  • McPeek’s Mighty Maze: October 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival: October 20 – 22
  • Fall Farm & Foliage Tour: October 21 – 22
  • Roscoe Christmas & Candlelighting Ceremony: December 2 & 9 has all the details about events, attractions, shopping, and dining. Call today to request your free information package at 800-338-4724.

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Northeast Ohio Fall Family Fun

There’s nothing like a brisk hike in the woods through the crisp autumn air and maybe taking part in a festival or visiting a farm to recharge your batteries. And there’s no place better to do it than Medina County.

Enjoy the Foliage

The Medina County Fall Foliage Tour, a county tradition since 1968, enables participants to drive the route themselves. Held during the second full weekend of October, each year, the tour highlights up to fifteen places, including farms, agribusinesses, historical societies, special events, and other venues.

Visitors interested in putting their hiking boots to good use can trek through Medina County’s many parks. Explore Hubbard Valley Park’s placid lake and woodsy trails or the Susan Hambley Nature Center at Brunswick Lake.  You can enjoy the beauty of Lake Medina Park’s 105-acre lake or stroll along the nature trails in River Styx Park, where hundreds of neo-tropical songbirds migrate each year from Central America. Allardale Park offers a variety of hiking trails rated from easy to moderate to difficult that can put your pulse in the aerobic zone.

Attend Fall Events

What better way to spend a gorgeous Fall Sunday than strolling through charming towns while browsing handcrafted and vintage goods? It all happens on October 8th – so mark your calendar! Start your day in Medina at the Heart & Home Marketplace in Medina Public Square from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Shop goods by local craftspeople while enjoying live music, food trucks, yard games, and lots more.

Then head to Seville for A Gathering in the Village from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Held by Rustewelle Design House, the event will feature vintage wares, baked goods, homegrown products, plantings, decor, jewelry, and clothing.

Have Fun on the Farm

Medina County’s local farms are great fall destinations. In Valley City, you can explore Beriswill Farms and its pumpkin patch, corn maze, and farm market. And maybe even put in an order for a side of beef to get you through the coming winter! To pick your own pumpkins, peaches, and apples, visit Richardson Farms in Medina.

When ready for an activity-packed adventure, head to Mapleside Farms in Brunswick for their Pumpkin Village and Fall Festivals. Starting mid-September and running through October, Mapleside’s Pumpkin Village is 100 acres of family fun, including a giant jump pillow, corn mazes, hayrides, and a 311-foot super slide.

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The Crossroads of Fall Fun

in Wayne County

When the leaves begin to change colors, and a crispness fills the air, it’s a sure sign that fall has arrived. And what better place to experience the beauty of this season than Wayne County, Ohio? Located at the crossroads of culture and countryside, Wayne County offers a plethora of activities and sights that make it a must-visit destination in the fall.

One of the fall draws to Wayne County is the stunning fall foliage display. The countryside transforms into a picturesque masterpiece as the leaves turn various shades of red, orange, and yellow. Driving along the country roads, visitors are treated to breathtaking views at every turn. The rolling hills, quaint farms, and charming covered bridges all add to the allure of the fall scenery. For those looking to immerse themselves in nature, Wayne County offers several outdoor activities that showcase the beauty of the season. With the vibrant fall foliage as a backdrop, these trails become even more enchanting in autumn.

Additionally, Wayne County hosts several fall festivals and events celebrating the season. The festivals are full of family fun, crafts, vendors, delicious food, and drinks. Main Street Wooster, Ramseyer Farms, Bauman Orchards, and a few others are the typical host of these festive events. These festivals provide an opportunity to embrace the spirit of fall and connect with the local community.

For those seeking a bit of adventure, Wayne County is also home to some fantastic hiking trails. The Wooster Memorial Park, with its scenic trails and beautiful views, is popular among outdoor enthusiasts. The park’s wooded areas come alive with vibrant colors in the fall, creating a breathtaking backdrop for your hike. You can also explore the trails at the Johnson Woods State Nature Preserve, which features a stunning old-growth forest with towering trees and a peaceful atmosphere.

If you’re looking to satisfy your taste buds with the flavors of fall, Wayne County has some delicious options for you. The local farm-to-table restaurants and cafes offer seasonal menus featuring hearty dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. From pumpkin spice lattes to apple cider donuts, you’ll find a wide range of fall-inspired treats to indulge in. And don’t forget to visit the local farmers’ markets, where you can stock up on freshly harvested produce and homemade goodies.

For those interested in history and architecture, Wayne County has a rich heritage to explore. The county is home to several historic sites and museums, such as the Wayne County Historical Society & Museum and the Victorian House Museum. These attractions offer a glimpse into the county’s past and provide a fascinating insight into the lives of its early settlers. These historic sites take on a new charm in the fall as the surrounding landscape transforms into a breathtaking display of fall colors.

Wayne County, Ohio, is a hidden gem that comes alive in the fall. With its stunning fall foliage, outdoor activities, cultural experiences, and festive events, this charming county offers a little something for everyone. Whether you’re a nature lover, history enthusiast, foodie, or simply looking for a beautiful getaway, Wayne County is the perfect destination to embrace the magic of autumn. So pack your bags, put on your favorite sweater, and make your way to Wayne County this fall for an unforgettable experience.

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Lehmans Fall Fun

For family fun close to home, plan a visit to Lehman’s, in the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country. Founded in 1955 by Jay Lehman to serve the local Amish, today, Lehman’s ships practical products nationwide.  The retail store is a rambling 35,000-square-foot building filled with thousands of products, museum-quality antiques, and four pre-Civil War era buildings.  It’s like going to a museum and going shopping at the same time. Lehman’s is open every day except Sunday and is always open at

Marvel at the non-electric appliances like wood heating and cooking stoves; shop in the year ‘round Christmas store; enjoy the toy room and food samples in the pantry; appreciate the oil lamps and lanterns; and spend time in the massive housewares department that has been recently remodeled.  Enjoy snacks, sandwiches, desserts, and specialty drinks at Lehman’s Café, conveniently located in the center of the store.

Kick off fall with the best of family fun at Lehman’s!  For details on all the events hosted by Lehman’s, please visit

Freeze Drying Workshop
September 2, from 2 to 3 pm, $25 per ticket

Want to learn more about freeze-drying? In this class, Learn from Cari Dunn of “Simple Humble Homesteading in Ohio” what freeze drying is and how the Harvest Right Home Freeze Dryer works.  Cari will also cover what can and cannot be frozen, how to store freeze-dried food, and how long it lasts. Cari will also share tips for running your freeze dryer more efficiently and troubleshooting common problems. And, of course, enjoy some samples!  Get tickets at

Fall Festival
September 16, from 10 am to 3 pm, free

Enjoy fall festivities and seasonal foods at Lehman’s Fall Festival.

It features free activities for the children from 10am – 3pm like face painting and pumpkin decorating, watch fall-themed demonstrations, and indulge in seasonal favorites in Lehman’s café.   Taste some treats cooking on the grill and register to win a gift basket.

Honeytown, the popular local folk band, will perform in the store for free from 10 am to 1 pm.   Their toe-tapping instrumental and vocal music is always a crowd favorite.

Cow cuddling?  Yes, please! Ever see a cute cow and just want to give him a cuddle? Well now you can from 10am – 2pm ($5 per group photo). Meet Hoss; this sweet, beautiful bovine will be at Lehman’s to interact with customers. Come take a picture, pet, or cuddle Hoss the Cow. He will even have merch for sale!

Be sure to check out the newly remodeled housewares department during your visit. With new fixtures (yes, those lights are made from pressure canner lids!), new floors, and products, this area has everything you need for baking, cooking, food preservation, and an impressive assortment of cast iron.

Outdoor Expo
October 7, from 10am to 3 pm, free

The great outdoors will be celebrated at Lehman’s on October 7, 2022. Welcome to the second annual Outdoorsman Expo.

Engage with key vendors who will be featuring their practical products and tools.  Register for gift baskets, enjoy food samples, and take advantage of special pricing for this one-day event.

You can also watch seasonal demonstrations and learn from the experts about maple syrup, beekeeping, bird watching, cooking over an open fire, making cider from freshly picked apples, and more.

Meet the Artist is free from 9:30am to 2pm.

Have you been to Lehman’s to see the unbelievable carvings done by Paul Weaver? They are truly worth the trip itself. Every fourth Saturday of the month, Paul will be at the store to answer questions and give some background on these amazing works of art. Pictures do not do them justice; you need to see them in person!

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Your Ultimate Fall Adventure

It’s time to dive into a season of thrilling fall adventures! Grove City, Ohio, is the perfect destination for all your fall adventure needs. From classic autumn festivities to exhilarating paintball games and serene kayaking trips, a weekend getaway while staying in one of the city’s 18 hotels is just what you need.

Grove City Pumpkin Trek: A Celebration of All Things Fall

The pumpkin is the quintessential fall icon, and what better way to honor it than by participating in the annual Grove City Pumpkin Trek? Spanning two months, September 1st through October 31st, this citywide endeavor will give you all the autumn vibes. Here’s how it works:

  • Get your “Trek Guide” from any participating store or the visitor center, like the Grove City Guide + Gear (note: limited hours, so do check in advance), or utilize the online passport to streamline your experience.
  • Every fall-themed purchase from a listed business earns you a certain number of points.
  • Once you’ve reached a particular point threshold, you can then redeem your points for three different prizes, worth different amounts of points. Stop by the visitor center to claim your prize while supplies last!

Whether you’re into pumpkin-infused delicacies, unique home decorations, or deliciously scented fall candles, the Pumpkin Trek promises something for everyone’s taste.

Digital Delights: Pumpkin Trek

Taking a modern spin on the traditional trek, this year introduces the digital version of the Pumpkin Trek. No app download is needed, making your journey smoother and more accessible. However, printed trek cards are still available for those who cherish the tactile experience. Access the digital platform at The 2023 Pumpkin Trek is active from September 1st to October 31st, with prize redemptions open until November 22nd. Check out the digital pass at

Participating Businesses: Grove City Guide & Gear; Grove City Nutrition; Transcend Coffee; Strawser’s Ice Cream, Pop & Candy Shop; Columbus Keto; The Garden Bar; Broadway Fireplace & Décor; Cimi’s Bistro; Kirk’s Farm Market; Creekside Café; and Circle S Farms.

LVL UP Your Game at Valken Village

Thrill-seekers, this one’s for you! Visit LVL UP Sports Paintball Park, home to the Midwest’s largest paintball castle, Valken Village. This unique, multi-tiered castle offers diverse gaming experiences. And with various custom structures peppered throughout, you’re in for a paintballing treat. And if you’re up for it, scaling the 100 ft walls could just give you that winning advantage.

Admire the Scenic Beauty of Scioto Grove Metro Park

Elevate your view and see prime fall foliage from a bird’s eye perspective at the park’s designated drone field. The REI River Trail offers a 1.8-mile urban backpacking trail for those inclined towards terrestrial adventures. Perfect for novices or those looking for a brief starlit escapade. Pitch a tent at one of the tent pads and make the most of the outdoors. Note: For details and reservations, visit

Paddle Away at Trapper John’s Canoe Livery

If water adventures are more your style, embark on a canoe or kayak journey from Trapper John’s Canoe Livery to explore the National Scenic Rivers, the Little and Big Darby Creeks. Choose from five diverse self-guided trips and let nature steer your course. It’s another great way to enjoy the fall colors while getting on the water one last time before colder weather rolls in.

Pizza Trek: For the Culinary Explorer

For those whose cravings lean towards the culinary, Grove City has a cheesy, crispy, and utterly delicious adventure – the Grove City Pizza Trek. This unique experience is designed for pizza aficionados, families, and anyone looking to indulge in one of the world’s favorite dishes. As with the Pumpkin Trek, the Pizza Trek comes with its own set of rewards. Each slice you savor or pizza you purchase will get you closer to earning a prize. Collect enough stamps, turn in your trek at Visit Grove City, and walk away with a free Pizza Trek souvenir.

Grove City awaits you this fall!

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Southern Ohio Fall Getaways

Highland County, Ohio, is a favorite destination for day trips, weekend getaways, and extended vacations in the foothills of Appalachia. Located within 65 miles of Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus, visitors can enjoy an unforgettable weekend away after just a short drive on any of the five major state roadways that connect in the center of the county.

Active visitors will truly enjoy all the opportunities that await in Highland County. With two state parks, nature preserves, and many walking trails, there is something for everyone who enjoys outdoor adventure. Highland County offers boating, fishing, or kayaking options in one of the creeks or lakes. Bike paths, disc golf, recreational parks, and golf courses are popular spots among residents and visitors.

Fall brings a variety of fun-filled, family-friendly activities within the borders of Highland County. Karnes Orchards is a family-owned fruit orchard and on-site market specializing in apples and cider. B Williams Farms LLC near Leesburg offers a variety of family-friendly activities at their farm. They have pumpkins, gourds, and mums for purchase and various activities for kids.

Highland County trails offer a variety of skill levels, and fall is a perfect time to experience the beautiful changing leaves while hiking through breathtaking views. Fallsville Wildlife Area allows hikers to experience a spectacular waterfall display. Both state parks, Rocky Fork State Park and Paint Creek State Park, invite outdoor enthusiasts to meander the trails through mature woodlands and open meadows. Fort Hill, in southern Highland County, boasts 11 miles of trails among the home of several impressive prehistoric Indian earthworks. Highlands Nature Sanctuary is home to a variety of trails for all skill levels on the 2,800-acre preserve. Hikers can study stunning rock formations, ancient trees, and a variety of species of stunning wildflowers.

Overnight accommodations in Highland County range from adventurous camping to luxurious bed-and-breakfast cottages or cabins in remote wooded areas. Stay a night, stay a week, but be prepared to relax and refresh, as Highland County is a gateway to a getaway in Southern Ohio. Lodging options are available for as few as one guest and multiple families. There are also fall camping events at Rocky Fork State Park, Paint Creek State Park, and the Highland County Fair that are always fun for guests of all ages.

With an emphasis on fresh, locally sourced ingredients, area restaurants offer a wide range of dishes at reasonable prices for every budget. You can also sample the fresh produce at our local farmer’s markets, take a trip to one of the many Amish or Mennonite stores, or bring the kids (young or old) for small-town sweet treats. A local favorite is Terry’s Ice Cream Dairy Bar in Lynchburg, home to the famous Terry’s Crazy Shakes.

Shopping options include everything from handmade crafts to specialty boutique clothing and cosmetics. Many of Highland County’s shops also include items from local artisans and bakers.

Explore everything Highland County offers by booking your next hike, day trip, or weekend getaway! Additional ideas, sample trip itineraries, a calendar of events, and much more can be found at

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Cornering An American President

Cornering Ohio…

My son looked out his side window and said, “Wow!” He was surprised to see a Washington D.C.-type monument pop into view as we navigated the streets of an Ohio small town – Marion – returning from his college graduation. My son isn’t easily impressed, but he wanted to pull off and explore this lovely 10-acre site. He had nodded off, and when he opened his eyes to see the stunning white marble memorial against the lush green grass and trees framing the grounds, he must have thought we were visiting his sister again in the nation’s Capital.

At the corner of Delaware Ave. and Vernon Heights Blvd. in Marion, Ohio, lies our 29th President and his wife in a wonderous circular monument akin to something you may see in Greece. The marble steps lead to the open-air cloister at its center. Atop the grass are the tombs of our 29th President of the United States, Warren Gamaliel Harding, and former First Lady Florence Mabel Harding.  Harding lived in rural Ohio most of his life except for his years in the White House from 1921 to 1923.  His presidential term was cut short, and he died of a heart attack. He was a popular president, but his legacy is marred by scandals that surfaced later.

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By Frank Rocco Satullo, The OhioTraveler, Your Tour Guide to Fun