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Historic & Cultural Attractions

Historic Sites

Bob Evans Homestead

The large brick house, known as "The Homestead", was home to the Bob Evans family for nearly 20 years. Built in the early 1820s, the Homestead served as a stagecoach stop and an inn during its early years, and earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Homestead serves as a company museum and historical center, offering a first-hand look at the heritage of the Bob Evans Farms Company, entrepreneur Bob Evans and his family, and the history of the region. 

Our House Museum

Built as a Tavern in 1819, owned and operated by Henry Cushing and his sister Elizabeth, it was the center of social life in the community for many years.  During his triumphant tour of America, General Lafayette was entertained there on Sunday, May 22, 1825.  Now the Our House Museum is a favorite of many visitors. 

John Gee Black Historical Center

In 1998, the John Gee Black Historical Center was established, to create a living representation and preservation of the tradition, culture, crafts, music, arts, heritage and contributions of Black Americans in Southeastern Ohio.  It is both a cultural and education center, open to the public. 

Cultural Attractions

French Art Colony

The French Art Colony, a Regional Multi-Arts Center, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014, provides a multitude of arts activities. Their programs, exhibits and performances offer cultural opportunities, rarely possible in a small community. The Galleries at Riverby, the home of the French Art Colony, feature monthly exhibits, often with workshops focusing on the displays.  Area school children have special programs provided for them, to enhance their education. The Riverby Theatre Guild presents a number of productions throughout the year, including both theatrical and puppetry performances. 

Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre

Located in historic downtown Gallipolis, this rare restored Ariel Opera House, built in 1895, is the home of the Ohio Valley Symphony, the only professional orchestra in the Ohio River Valley. 

Ohio Chautauqua

For the 5th time since 2006, Ohio Chautauqua is coming to Gallipolis! This event, sponsored by the Ohio Humanities Council, with support from the local community, will be held nightly in the beautiful Gallipolis City Park. Ohio Chautauqua (pronounced "shu-tawk-wuh"), a five day event, combines living history, music and entertainment, education, theatre and audience interaction, in an exciting cultural event the entire community can enjoy. 

For the latest calendar of events in Gallia County, please visit the Gallia County Convention & Visitors Bureau.


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