Appalachia Ohio Heritage Statehouse Luncheon


The time has come for the 6th annual Appalachia Heritage Luncheon in the Statehouse Atrium. Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area and Heritage Ohio are presenting this luncheon to honor heritage, history and success in Appalachian Ohio. Every year we honor successful businesses and organizations that represent the values we hold dear and are trying to boost the areas we hold close to our hearts. Come join us for this wonderful event and celebrate Appalachian success. The event is at the Statehouse Atrium on Wednesday December 14th from 12-1, show up early for historic tours at 11 led by Architect Bob Loversidge and Historian Nancy Recchie. The luncheon is only $35 to register, come join us on this wonderful day.

Click HERE to register.

Honored this year:

National Museum of Cambridge Glass (Guernsey County)

Edge of Appalachia (Adams County)

Nelson T Gant House (Muskingum County)

Trumpet in the Land (Tuscarawas County)

Yearly Quaker Meeting House (Jefferson County)

McArthur Spring Literary Festival (Vinton County)

Historic Roscoe Village (Coshocton County)

Buckeye Trail Association (Perry County-Headquarters)

Fly Ferry (Monroe County)

Village Bakery (Athens County)

Sewah Studies (Washington County)

Jeremy Maple – Ohio Stream Restore Corps 2016/2017 AmeriCorps Member


Hey everyone I’m Jeremy Maple and I am the new AmeriCorps member serving with the Ohio Hill Country Heritage Area. I’m a small town kid who grew up going hiking and in the wilderness all my life. Ever since I was a little kid, the world around me has always been my passion from the animals and plants in the forest to the history of where we all come from. This new position I have will let me learn more than I ever had thought was possible and I decided that if I’m going to be on this amazing journey that I wanted to share those experiences with everyone else to show that no matter where you’re from or where you’re going, that the history of our small towns and wildernesses are worth knowing and worth experiences for yourself. So as I continue with my service I am going to be documenting my experiences in a blog once a week to truly show how I’m just the same as everyone else and how amazing these experiences can be.

To get things started I’ll tell you a little more about myself. I’m 21 years old from a small little village in Tuscarawas County called Midvale. I grew up playing sports and hanging out with my friends just like any other kid. I graduated from Indian Valley High School and Buckeye Career Center in 2013, then went straight to college like so many others. I attended Hocking College from 2013-2016 and Graduated with a dual major of Wildlife Resources Management and Natural and Historical Interpretation. I love being outside and am always with some friends. My journey is not unlike many others, straight out of college into a new position trying to find my way in the world while still trying to enjoy life. This new journey will be a once in a lifetime experience and I hope you will join me and see how amazing the natural areas and history of this state can be.

Help Ohio Open Its Doors to Building & Landmark Treasures

Ohio Open Doors is a statewide effort where building and landmark sponsors open their doors to the public for special tours and programs. Join the Ohio History Connection in honoring the history, design and stories of your local buildings and landmarks by opening them to the public during the period September 9-18.  The purpose of the effort is to:

  • Stimulate citizens’ interest in landmarks’ history and architecture in your community
  • Create a time for members of your community to connect with you and each other
  • Promote, educate and inspire pride in Ohio’s amazing heritage

To learn how you can participate in this process and gain state wide publicity for your event visit:

Crossing The River: African Americans in Southeastern Ohio Tour

August 8-9, 2016

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Provocative stories of courage, creativity & accomplishment!

Guides who are intimate with the past & current story!

Excellent food, entertainment and accommodations!

Hidden in the steep hills and narrow valleys of southeastern Ohio are remarkable stories of men and women who bravely broke the color barrier after they and their families crossed the Ohio River into Ohio’s Hill Country throughout the 19th and 20th Century. The region’s relatively homogeneous population does not lead one to expect stories of state and national significance involving African Americans. However, to the contrary, abundant examples exist that still impact the region today.   Join a spirited group of guides, ranging from community organizers and descendants of early trailblazers, to scholars and contemporary leaders as this landmark experience will give consideration to events and sites dating back to the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Learn about Quakers and the Underground Railroad at Chesterhill, Ohio’s first public university and a black only academy at Albany in Athens County, the African American experience in Ohio’s second state capital at Zanesville, and an accidental social experiment during the coal boom era at Rendville where African Americans became pioneers in the nation’s labor union movement.   This guided bus tour includes lodging at the scenic Burr Oak State Park Lodge, a taste of regional foods and performance, and visits to African American churches, cemeteries and to the region’s pride and joy, Ohio University, where many early African American milestones were set.

The Details:

Location: Tour begins and ends at Burr Oak State Park Lodge, 10660 Burr Oak Lodge Road • Glouster, Ohio 45732.

Time: 9AM Monday, August 8 to 6PM, Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Cost: $195 per person (includes 4 meals: lunch-dinner August 8, breakfast-lunch August 9 and transportation).  Register by phone or e-mail by contacting us (see contact) or on-line at Event Brite. Fees apply to on-line registering.  Registration does not include lodging.

Lodging: $95/105 per room (single/double occupancy) @ Burr Oak Lodge.  To receive this rate, you must register directly through Ohio Hill Country or on-line at Event Brite.  Lodging option is at bottom of Even Brite registration page.

Contact: Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area; P O. Box 114; Shawnee, Ohio 43782; or call 740-707-1775 or 740-394-2852.

Note: This tour involves significant van/bus travel on winding roads and requires moderate amounts of walking with some uneven surfaces.

Click here for full details including a tentative itinerary!

2016 Winding Road Experiences Catalog

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 The Winding Road

Ohio’s Rising Appalachia

The Winding Road is an emerging brand that represents a collaboration of social and business entrepreneurs who seek to develop a regional economy based on authentic assets surrounding the natural, cultural, historical, arts, local foods, well-being, education and geotourism business landscapes (sectors) in the Hocking and Muskingum Valleys of Ohio’s Hill Country in southeastern Ohio.

The brand aims to contribute to a quality of life that attracts and sustains creative young people as stewards of the economy and environment while respecting and building upon the region’s rich tradition of unique contributions to the greater culture.

In its initial stages, The Winding Road is represented by a SourceBook of guided experiences that share these assets with fellow citizens and geotourists, establishing commerce around this effort and stimulating entrepreneurial initiatives to build a critical mass of activity that sustains this collaboration and its desired outcomes.

The catalog takes the form of a periodic print publication, as well as a dynamic web site that offers a booking/purchasing feature for events, tours, experiences and products.   The catalog is a product of Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area, a non-profit organization based in Shawnee, Ohio.

Emerging Key Concepts That Guide The Winding Road SourceBook

The Winding Road SourceBook is committed about promoting experiences and products that are…

educational and interpretive.

—presented by knowledgeable, trained guides and local experts.

—highlighting regional assets & a “Rising Appalachia”.

—integrated with stewardship of the environment, civic life, historic treasures

   and local economic systems

—inclusive of the arts, theater, music.

—engaged with locally sourced foods and products.

—supportive of “humanities consideration” of our provocative story and its

   impact on contemporary life.

—inclusive of youth, local schools and regional colleges.

—interwoven with local entrepreneurs & young professionals.

—generally small in scale, authentic and owned locally.

To receive a copy of the 2016 Winding Road Experiences SourceBook please send an
email request to


With the support of the Ohio Arts Council, the Yan Sun Art Museum and sponsors along Ohio’s Appalachian Winding Road, the Appalachian Hills of Ohio Territory invites all Ohio ceramists ( includes anyone who was born in, lived in, worked in, attended school in or is submitting an Ohio- themed work to this competition)to enter one piece only in the inauguration of a new biennial competition with a $2500.00 first prize, $1000.00 second prize, $500 third prize, and two $250.00 honorable mention awards. In addition, a $500 prize will be awarded to the piece voted most popular.

Entries must be created in 2015 or 2016. They may be functional or sculptural and fit upon a 20” by 20” pedestal top. All works are to be delivered from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. on Friday, October 7th, to the Yan Sun Art Museum at 604 Main Street in Zanesville. All artists are invited to attend the First Friday Art Walk from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. that evening in in the District. To compete in the Show, please register by September 15th at An entry fee of $15 is due with the delivery of the work.

All works will be offered for sale on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday with 30% of each sale to be retained as commission. Purchasers of works and ceramists may choose to take their unsold work with them any time after the free artist reception and awards ceremony at 6:00 P.M. on Saturday at Weasel Boy Brewery until the close of Show at 5 P.M. on Sunday.

The Show will be the center-piece for the following activities that engage the Arts, Music, Local Foods, Craft beer, Wineries and Heritage and Outdoor Recreation in the Athens, Perry, Morgan and Muskingum County region on Ohio’s Appalachian Winding Road A-Z.

The Zanesville Ohio Ceramic Arts (ZOCA) Center located on Pioneer Hill at the head of Main Street in downtown Zanesville will feature its wood-fired kiln and host tours of studios and artist residences conducted by Executive Director Arthur Kettner and the ZOCA Board on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday.

The Zanesville Museum of Art at 620 Military Road will have a special display of art pottery. The museum is open during the event on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The Artist Colony of Zanesville and the Zanesville Appalachian Art Project (ZAAP) will host First Friday, a monthly event with dozens of studios and galleries open to the public from 5P.M. to 8 P.M. throughout downtown Zanesville. The First Friday activities include music and a comedy club event.

The National Road/Zane Grey Museum, east of Zanesville, houses a significant pottery collection as well as exhibits featuring the first interstate highway and Zanesville native and author Zane Grey.

The Welcome Center (off I-70 from the west at the Fifth Street exit) has information and brochures on places of interest and events in the region. These include the Alan Cottrill Studio at 110 South Sixth Street, which features the world’s largest collection of bronze sculpture by a living artist. Alan’s work “Thomas Alva Edison” was selected for installation in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda this year.

Seilers’ Studio and Gallery at 129 South Seventh Street will welcome visitors on Saturday morning for coffee and a tour of available downtown properties in the Arts and Culture District.

Tree House restaurant, in the former site of Fioriware’s retail store at Market and Fourth Streets, is a breakfast and lunch favorite of local artists. Next door, Four Turns has incredible croissants Saturday morning at 8 until sold out.

The Clay Center of Ohio will be hosting ‘The Theme is Pottery’ annual show that features a variety of pottery -inspired works from the region including writing, painting, mixed media and children’s works.

Maddy Fraioli will host visitors to her Rosehill Design studio in Roseville featuring art pottery, hookcraft rugs and Fioriware. Stunning works of art by Howard Peller Basket Farmer will also be for sale at Howard’s and Maddy’s Farm.

Attendees may tour other sites of significance along Ohio’s Appalachian Winding Road including Ludowici Tile, Burley Clay, Coopermill Bronze Works, Nelsonville galleries, and opera houses in McConnelsville and in Nelsonville.

Lodging will be available at Zanesville’s many motels and B&Bs with camping available at the nearby 60-acre Clay Center of Ohio preserve. The Wilds is a 10,000-acre endangered species facility that features yurts and small group lodge accommodations.

The Ohio Contemporary Ceramic Competition and Show is dedicated this inaugural year to celebrate 50 years of public funding for the arts through the Ohio Arts Council.










Publishing and Marketing Steps for All Authors

Saturday April 16th at Somerset Library Annex, 117 W. Main

A Workshop conducted by Brad Pauquette in Somerset Ohio

10am-2pm Free and Open to Southeastern Ohio Writers

With thanks to the Ohio Arts Council and Appalachian Hills of Ohio Territory (AHOOT) for sponsorship and a light luncheon


The Three Paths of the Modern Author

The Five Key Steps to Publishing an Exceptional Book

Free and Easy Marketing Steps for All Authors

Brad Pauquette is the CEO of Columbus Publishing Lab, the owner of Columbus Press and the Founder of Columbus Creative Cooperative. His clients include New York Times best-selling authors and work-from-home moms and dads.

Register at Info at




On March 14, a Community Visioning Session was held in Nelsonville, located in Athens

County.  The session was organized by Grant Sector Leader Ohio Hill Country Heritage

Area.  Led by Crooked Road Expert Todd Christensen, the approximately 60 attendees

included the President of Hocking College, an owner of global business Rocky Brands

(Mike Brooks), representatives from local arts galleries and other businesses, the

Foundation for Appalachian Ohio and local officials.   Mr. Christensen led the group

through various visioning exercises, and the following themes emerged:


Hocking Hills Region

Lake Hope and Burr Oak

Winding Roads Motorcycles

Fur Peace Ranch

Higher Education

AEP Recreation Lands

Weasel Boys Brewery

The Wilds

Lake Snowden

Strouds Run

The Buckeye Trail

Ace Net

Wildcat Hallow

Wayne National HQ

Old Man’s Cave

Zip Line

Somerset, Ohio

Chester Hill



Zane Gray Museum

Y Bridge

Shawnee Buildings


Covered Bridges

Round Barns

Jackie ‘O’s



Wayne National Forest

Arts Community

Music Festival

Betty’s Cross

The People are Spark Plugs

Hocking River

Stuart’s Opera House

Hocking College

Scenic Railroad

Final Fridays

Rocky Boots

Ed Map

Brick Kilns

Farmer’s Market

Bike Path

Robbin’s Crossing

Quilt Shop



Public Support

Connect ‘Friday’ Arts Events

Wineries and Breweries Network

Connect Restaurants- 30 Mile Meal Locally Sourced


Lodging- Boutique Hotels

Tour Businesses


Corporate Retreats

Hunting Guides

Boating Outfitters







Next Steps:


Regional Calendar-Winding Road

Links between Organizations and Websites

Regional Commitment

Visiting Local Communities as Tourists- Learn Region

Sector Based Learning Opportunities

Signage: Find ways to connect Nelsonville to the rest of the Winding Road: wayfinding signs, marketing, etc.

Workforce Development: Hocking College, Ohio University and other area schools can network and collaborate on Workforce Development and training to supply Winding Road businesses with trained employees

Business Development: Create strategy and master plan




The Ohio House and Senate are currently working with the Governor’s office to review and select community development capital projects for funding.  The Buckeye Hills Regional Development District and OMEGA submitted a list of projects from across Ohio’s Appalachian region highlighting projects that had a regional impact.  The capital bill is expected to be introduced into the Ohio Senate with expected passage by the end of April.


The Appalachian Regional Commission has announced $46.2 million available specifically to diversify the economies of Appalachian communities which have traditionally relied on the coal economy for economic stability. These funds can be used for:


  • Developing projects that diversify local and regional economies, create jobs in new and/or existing industries, attract new sources of job-creating investment and provide a range of workforce services and skills training;
  • Building partnerships to attract and invest in the economic future of coal-impacted communities;
  • Increasing capacity and other technical assistance fostering longterm business development and growth


The ARC is looking for projects that have collaborative partnerships and cover multiple communities.  There are a number of initiatives that are being developed across our region and we’re looking to submit a project that will include the Ohio’s Appalachian Winding Road initiative.  More information can be found on the Appalachian Regional Commission website or by contacting your local development district.


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On March 12, a Community Visioning Session was held in Shawnee.  The session was

organized by Grant Sector Leader Ohio Hill Country Heritage Area and Shawnee Mayor

Renee Brunton. Led by Crooked Road Expert Todd Christensen, the group worked through

various visioning exercises, and the following themes emerged:

Assets of Shawnee:

 Beautiful downtown buildings and structures on Main Street

 Outdoor recreation (Wayne National Forest)

 Appalachian culture, including coal heritage (real history)

 Arts and Music

 Friendly, welcoming, genuine people

 Park and Gazebo

 Restored train car

 The B & C Carryout: offers food and groceries; should be expanded

 Desperado’s Bar & Restaurant also provides food options

Desired Businesses for Shawnee’s Downtown Empty Buildings:

 Local foods

 Local crafts

Connections to rest of Winding Road: Buckeye Trail, opera house trail, for

theater festivals, Robinsons Cave, Mine Fire, Watershed clean-up sites, ATV

trails, motorcycle routes, antique shop trail, CSX Rail Bed Trail, historic mining

communities trail

Next Steps:

 Plan process to get community buy-in

 Inventory available properties

 Plan connections to Winding Road

 Inventory sources of funding

 Provide technical assistance to business owners

 Seek guidance from branding experts

 Build state and public awareness

The Winding Road team will provide assistance to the Village of Shawnee to seek funding

for a fully developed community led revitalization master plan.