Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Visit to Chillicothe and Adena Mansion and gardens Part II
After visiting Adena, I was treated to a walking tour of Paint and Water streets in downtown Chillicothe by interpreter Kevin Coleman. Kevin came to the Piqua Historical Area to visit the Johnston Farmhouse earlier this summer. After the tour we connected and he invited me to come see Chilicothe. It just so happened that Kevin also volunteers at Adena, so we linked up there and the rest is...
Chillicothe is a fascinating city, filled with mid-1800s architecture. A fire in 1851 devastated a few blocks and so there is a beautiful symmetry to the buildings which replaced the destroyed structures. Their courthouse is one of the most remarkable buildings I have ever seen. Magnificent would begin to describe it. (See first photo above for a glimpse.) The Carlisle building is also remarkable. The local historians have been fighting for years to save it. It is one of those remarkable gothic-looking Victorian structures. (See second photo above). Kevin is deeply committed to rescuing this unique bit of Chillicothe history.
To quote Kevin's brochure he is - 'a local historian, architectural historian and journalist. A native of Ross County, he has also been a schoolteacher and has spoken before many groups. ' Kevin does both walking and driving tours of the Chillicothe area. I was treated to both and can highly recommend both him and the sights you will see.
For more information contact Kevin as IHS@horizonview.net or by phone at 740/775-4036
And on top of all of this, he's a really nice guy!