We've divided the state into 5 regions, each providing visitors a unique experience. Those regions attracted early settlers to the Ohio Territory for a variety of reasons. Like today, these areas also attracted ancient cultures thousands of years ago, perhaps dating back before the pyramids in Egypt were built.
Long before Ohio was Ohio, long before Native Americans visited their seasonal hunting grounds, long before European explorers canoed Ohio's boundary waters, there were extremely large cultural centers across what would one day become Ohio. These civilizations understood complex mathematics, the sciences, and had a strong historic connection with their ancestors and all those thatcame before them and respect for those that would come after them. How wonderful it would be if we could visit these cultures and see them functioning instead of just seeing the earthen constructions they built with great care and engineering.
Not long after the formation of the United States of America, Ohio joined that union and opened up a new world of exploration and achievement that would not only lead the country, but the world. As in most civilizations, conflict has always been part of the creative process. Even before America became the United States, there was armed conflict between world powers who sought alliances with the various groups of Native Americans. These alliances were often shifting partnerships. Unfortunately for the Native American groups living here, they had a bad track record for aligning their political fate with the losing side multiple times.
Ohio's North Coast is not only one of the great playgrounds in the state, but also one of the great shipping centers where Ohio's natural resources and production can reach world-wide markets. Today, most Ohioans and the world recognize Ohio's North Coast as home to one of the best amusement parks period. Besides Cedar Point, Ohio also has a group of islands, each with their own distinct nature.
Part of the geologic process that formed the Appalachian Mountains, also formed what we call Ohio's Hill Country. At one time this land was relatively flat and on the bottom of a large ocean. The sandy floor of that ocean would millions of years later form soft sandstone that would be thrust up from volcanic and plate tectonic activity. This activity formed the distinct hills of southeastern Ohio. When Canada's glaciers moved south over the flat lands of northern Ohio they sort of ran out of steam when they came up against these hills that became known as the Appalachian Plateau. With global warming, the large mile thick glaciers that covered more than half the state, began to melt in a dramatic fashion. The billions of gallons of water quickly began making it's way south, carving out massive rivers that were miles wide in places. that formed rivers and streams that easily cut through the soft sandstone leaving behind odd shaped caves and cliffs that have fascinated visitors to the area for 1000s of years.
The Six Ohio Regions has been used throughout this site which has further been refined by counties. We have not yet completed this new classification but are working as quickly as possible to update the entire site with new histories, new stories and new overall content. Our goal is to highlight each county with not only the major attractions of that county, but also the lessor towns and the story behind their creation. It is a labor of love and we look forward to bring you new updates as they become available. Join us in the celebration of a great state throughout the ages.