Paul A Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum
At the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center stop in and take a look at the Pencil Sharpener Museum. The collection of over 3400 pencil sharpeners was started over twenty years ago by Rev. Paul A. Johnson. The museum is open during the regular hours of the Hocking Hills Welcome Center.
The sharpeners are put into the same categories that Rev. Johnson had originally placed them in such as: Animal, Body, Cats, Christmas, Disneyland, Dogs, Easter, Food, Games, Globes/World, Halloween, Hearts, History, Horses, Misc., Religion, Space, Spain, and Zodiac Symbols.
This collection has been featured in national magazines and local newspapers. It has the reputation of being the largest collection of its’ kind in the country. The collection was moved from the Johnson’s property and it is set up exactly as Rev. Johnson had set it up during his lifetime.
The Pencil Sharpener Museum is located just outside of the Hocking Hills Welcome Center at the corner of State Route 33 and State Route 664 at 13178 State Route 664 South. Call them at 1-800-HOCKING (462-5464). There is no admission charge and children as well as adults enjoy looking at this extensive collection of pencil sharpeners. For a picture of some of the pencil sharpeners: Click Here.
The Washboard Factory Tour and Festival
The only washboard factory in the United States is located in Logan, Ohio. The Columbus Washboard Company was founded in 1895 and nearly closed its doors in 1999 due to failing sales. A group of investors in Columbus and Logan purchased the Columbus based company and relocated it to the former Godman Shoe Factory in downtown Logan.
Within the first six months the company was turning a profit even though most are turned to craft or musical purposes and very few are used for their actual intent – doing laundry.
The Washboard Factory also has a gift shop and small museum of antique washboards and musical washboards.
They are located at 14 Gallagher Avenue. Phone them at : 740-380-3828. www.columbuswashboard.com
GUIDED FACTORY TOURS – 6 or more people preferred.
General Admission $4.00 plus 10% discount on purchases & free fridge magnet. (See picture above).
Seniors $3.00 plus 10% discount on purchases & free fridge magnet.
Students & Children ( up to 18) $2.00 plus 10% discount on purchases & free fridge magnet.
Active Military (with ID) FREE
Tour Times: Monday – Friday 10:00, 12:00, 2:00 Saturday 11:30 & 1:00 May – October only.
What has become an annual event is the International Washboard Festival where the percussion abilities of the washboard come to life in musical groups where it plays a backup and sometimes starring role. The stage show is quite an entertaining show.
The festival takes place every year in June during Father’s Day weekend. There are free children’s rides, food, children’s activities, parades and contests. Read more. Email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.washboardfestival.com
Hocking County Historical Society
If you are a history buff or just like to look at antiques and items from “the good old days”, check out the Hocking County Historical Society. Located at the corner of Hunter & Culver Streets at 64 North Culver Street. See Logan’s first Steam Car or visit the genealogy section to search for long lost relatives. www.hockinghistory.org. Call them at 740-385-6026.
Spring Hours beginning March 1st – Friday and Saturday 1-4 pm. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated to assist with maintenance fees. Other hours by appointment, please call Richard Klinger at 740-279-5975 or 740-385-4346.
Lancaster, Ohio is located on State Route 33, 20 minutes north of the Hocking Hills region and 30 minutes south of the city of Columbus. It offers a number of historic and entertaining options to tourists to the area.
The Georgian (located in Lancaster, Ohio)
History comes to life at The Georgian, a 19th century Federal style mansion-museum. The restored 1833 home features period furnishings of its builders, the McCracken family. It is located at 105 East Wheeling Street in Lancaster. The Georgian is also available for parties, reception dinners, and weddings. See picture above.
They are open 1 pm – 4 pm Tuesday through Sunday. Tour admission price is $6.00 for adults and $2.00 for students 6-18 years of age. A senior discount is available as well as a discount to tour both the Sherman House and the Georgian at the same time. For group tours call 740-654-9923 or email Fairfield Heritage at email@example.com. Visit them on the internet at: www.thegeorgianmuseum.org
The Sherman House (located in Lancaster, Ohio)
The Sherman House is the birthplace of Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman and his brother Senator John Sherman, Secretary of the Treasury and father of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. Their childhood home on the city’s historic Square 13 is known as the Sherman House Museum. It contains displays of family and Civil War Memorabilia.
The Sherman House Museum is open Tuesday through Sundays 1 pm -4 pm. They are closed on holidays and Mondays. Admission is $6.00 for adults and $2 for students 6-18 years old. A senior discount is available. For group tours and discounts call 740-654-9923 or email the Fairfield Heritage Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
They are located at 137 East Main Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130. Give them a call at (740) 687-5891 or 740-654-9923.
The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio (located in Lancaster)
The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio at the Reese Peters House presents changing exhibitions, both historic and contemporary; celebrating the arts we live with and enjoy every day.
The magnificent 1835 mansion and the handsome Wendel Center for Art Education have a lively year-long schedule of classes, programs and special events scheduled.
Rental facilities are available for meetings and receptions. A gift shop offers unique specialties. They are located at 145 East Main Street in Lancaster. Call them at 740-681-1423. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday 1 pm – 4 pm. www.decartsohio.org
Ohio Glass Museum (located in Lancaster)
The Ohio Glass Museum allows you to experience the process of blown glass creation. They have a Glass Blowing Studio which is open for demonstrations during regular museum hours. The glass museum frequently changes their exhibits throughout the year.
Glass Blowing Classes are offered for individuals or groups by appointment. Classes are taught by Mike Stephanie. Call him at 740-687-0101 to register.
You can also sign up for Flameworking Class or a making a Pandora Bracelet Bead Workshop with Teresa Cress. All your tools and supplies are provided. Students must be at least 14 years old. Classes must have a minimum of 4 students to run and a maximum of 6. Prior registration with the museum is necessary 740-687-0101.
The museum is open March-October: Tuesday-Sunday 1-4 pm and by appointment. They are closed on Mondays.
November-February they are open Tuesday-Saturday 1-4 pm and by appointment. They are closed on Sundays and Mondays. They are closed most of the major holidays so call first before you go. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for students from 6-18 years old. Children under 6 are free. The Gift Shop Hours are 12-4 pm Tuesday-Friday and during regular business hours.
They are located at 124 West Main Street in Lancaster, Ohio 43130. Phone them at 740-687-0101. Visit them on the internet at : ohioglassmuseum.org