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The Ross County Historical Society

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Amazing museum

Was totally surprised at the extent and quality of displays at this museum. Spent nearly 2 hours... read more

Reviewed August 11, 2019
Hudson, Ohio
A bit of Ohio history

The focus is squarely on Chillicothe's role in Ohio and U.S. history. The docent-led tour starts... read more

Reviewed November 25, 2018
Richmond, Indiana
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The Ross County Historical Society operates a three-house museum complex and a research library with thousands of historic books and documents. We also have a large photo archive. We are open April through December, Tuesday through Saturday 1-5...more
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45 W 5th St, Chillicothe, OH 45601-3227
+1 740-772-1936
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Reviewed August 11, 2019

Was totally surprised at the extent and quality of displays at this museum. Spent nearly 2 hours there and still didn’t see it all

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed November 25, 2018

The focus is squarely on Chillicothe's role in Ohio and U.S. history. The docent-led tour starts in a Victorian living room, then moves on to a more chronological sequence. (Having a docent for every visitor was a surprise. Ours was knowledgeable and entertaining.) Gun buffs...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed August 2, 2018

Unless you happen to have living family or business there, it seems to me that interest in Ohio history is the main reason to visit Chillicothe. The varied exhibits at RCHS span prehistoric and historic times and there is plenty to soak in at your...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank IcanSEE60coming
Reviewed June 29, 2017

I grew up in Chillicothe, and it took me until about age 50 to get here. I never knew of the nice historical pieces here until I went. It should be an outing for every elementary school field trip in about 6th grade when they...More

Date of experience: July 2016
2  Thank visitor999Ohio
Reviewed January 18, 2017

Great way to learn the history of Chillicothe. A must see. Nice model railroad showing Chillicothe in the 1930's.

Date of experience: December 2016
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Reviewed July 15, 2016

We were visiting a relative I met through Ancestry.com DNA in Chillicothe to learn more about the town my 3rd great grandfather settled in. She suggested we visit this museum and we were not disappointed. It was great having a tour guide who explained each...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Reviewed June 15, 2016

Keep in mind that Chillicothe Ohio is a VERY historical town and the history of the area is rich. Not only is the museum itself a surprising "venue" for a town of this size, the exhibits are dramatic, glamorous, classically displayed and the information provided...More

Date of experience: June 2016
3  Thank david06102015
Reviewed October 16, 2015

The Ross County Historical is a great place to go when it is raining and it is family friendly and I highly recommend this as a must see whenyou come to Chillicothe.

Date of experience: November 2014
2  Thank ctwerner65
Reviewed September 21, 2015

I especially liked the Probate Archives behind the house (it used to be the historical jail). The archivist was extremely helpful with genealogical information.

Date of experience: September 2015
2  Thank Ready2GoTravel2
Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

Our family enjoyed this museum visit. With a 15 year old and a 7 year old nobody got bored. Our tour guide was excellent and they have a great variety of exhibits and artifacts to make sure everyone had something to see.

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank jmabner
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