This 1930’s era one room schoolhouse, owned by the Division of Forestry, has been renovated for the primary purpose as serving as an interpretive center to enhance recreation, the arts, cultural history and heritage of the area. The 1930s-era Hope School House is on the fringe of Zaleski State Forest near the Lake Hope Dam.
Parking for the school house is located off Wheelabout Road which is close to the entrance to Lake Hope State Park Beach entrance. During the summer the school house is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and Memorial Day through the month of October.
The Hope Furnace was one of 69 furnaces in the Hanging Rock Iron Region of the 1850’s which extended from Logan, Ohio to Kentucky. The Hanging Rock Iron Region was one of the leading iron producing centers in the world at that time and helped to develop industry in Ohio. The Hope Furnace is located across from the Zaleski State Forest Backpack Trail Parking Lot on State Route 278 near the Lake Hope State Park dam.
Excerpt from “The Best Kept Secrets of the Hocking Hills”
Copyright 2015 Terri Baker