Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area encompasses Ohio’s original 29 Appalachian counties, plus Fairfield and Pickaway Counties. The Winding Road Region, which includes 9 of those counties, is at the start of a regional branding effort for sustainable growth which many in the region think could benefit other regions in Ohio Hill Country!
The Winding Road Marketplace was established in 2016 in a restored Victorian-era building on Shawnee’s historic Main Street. Besides overseeing the restoration of the historic Tecumseh Theater across the street, the location places us at the center of one of the most fascinating little cities of Black Diamonds in what we call the Winding Road region, just one region within the 31-county heritage area that OHCHA oversees. The back space of the shop is used for Winding Road meetings or for any purposes needed by our stakeholders. Visitors can also spend time in our meeting space to pick up pamphlets and other info about events, programs, tours and other exciting happenings along the Winding Road!
The front space of the Winding Road Marketplace serves as a sale space for locals to display and sell local art, jewelry, food, crafts, handmade goods, home decor, and many other items which hold a special significance–a unique sense of place that only comes from being locally sourced and crafted by local hands in the hills of Southeastern Ohio which hold so much history and natural beauty.