Paul Laurence Dunbar House

Paul Laurence Dunbar was one of America’s greatest poets and spent almost his whole life in Ohio. Along with hundreds of poems he published novels, short stories and song lyrics. For many, he is one of the most important authors and figures in African American and American history. He is often compared to Fredrick Douglass, Booker T. Washington and Oriville and Wilbur Wright.

The Ohio General Assembly dedicated the house as a memorial to Dunbar in 1936 and gave its care over to the Ohio History Connection. The Ohio History Connection was able to open home become museum and monument in 1938.

The turn of the century home exhibits Dunbar’s life through objects such as his personal items and family’s furnishings. Other items included on display are Dunbar’s bicycle which the Wright brothers gifted him; the desk chair in which Dunbar sat to write most of his work; his collection of Native American art; and a ceremonial sword given to him by then President Theodore Roosevelt.

In 2003 a project was completed that restored the Dunbar House to what it would have looked like when Paul Laurence Dunbar and his mother Matilda resided in it. Dunbar spent just two years in the house from 1904-06 (when he died) while his mother resided there until 1934.


McCook House Memorial

The Carroll County Historical Society was created in August of 1963. Initially its goal was to preserve the historic McCook House which is a state memorial owned by the Ohio Historical Society. Currently the Carroll County Historical Society is managing that property through a lease agreement with the Ohio Historical Society.

Located in Carrollton, Ohio the McCook House is now a memorial to the Fighting McCooks. The historic house was once the home of Major Daniel McCook. McCook and his nine sons along with six nephews became known as the Fighting McCooks because of their contribution to the armed services before the Civil War but especially during it.

Daniel McCook erected the brick house in 1837 on the southwest corner of the public square in Carrollton, Ohio. He and his family occupied the home until 1848. The state of Ohio came to own it in 1941 and it was dedicated to the brave Fighting McCooks as a memorial on October 10, 1947.

When Confederate general John Morgan made his raid into Ohio, Major Daniel McCook was stationed in Cincinnati. McCook was part of the party that went out in pursuit of Morgan. As Morgan tried cross again the Ohio river McCook and an advance party intercepted Morgan, it was during this skirmish that McCook was mortally wounded. He died the next day, July 21, 1863. He is buried in the Spring Grove cemetery.





Adena Mansion and Gardens

Thomas Worthington, who lived from 1773-1827, was the sixth governor of Ohio and one of the first U.S. Senators from Ohio. Adena was his 2000-acre estate. The house was completed between 1806-1807 and has now been restored to look similar to how it did when the Worthington family lived there. This includes many original furnishings that belonged to the Worthington family.

The house is also one of only three left standing in the country that was designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe.

Today the property is comprised of about 300 acres and there are five outbuildings remaining along with the formal gardens. The gardens also underwent renovation. Visitors are invited to stroll through the three terraces of flowers and vegetables growing in the gardens and the grove which is built up with shrubs and trees.

From the north lawn of the mansion house, if visitors look east they can see across the Scioto River Valley to the Logan Range—this view became the inspiration for Ohio’s Great Seal.

The museum and visitor center features interactive exhibits which use stories about people connected to Adena to create a picture of what life was like in Ohio in the early 1800s. The grounds also include classrooms and meeting rooms available for rent.



The Ashton House Museum of Carrollton

Mr. John H. Ashton started working in a variety store when just 12 years of age and continued his career in retail until his death at 99 years old in 2005. His late wife, Evelyn, and John were not just successful business-people in their community but were dedicated to serving the community outside of their business.

John H. Ashton graduated from Spencerville High School in 1924 and then later from the Lima Business College in 1925.

John and Evelyn, at one time, owned all or part of eleven different Ben Franklin Stores. Additionally, John H. Ashton was a dedicated member of the community in his adopted hometown of Carrollton. John H. Ashton was a founder of the Carrollton Chamber of Commerce and an original member of the Carrollton Civic Club. He was also a member of the Carrollton Rotary club, the Carrollton Village Fire Department, the Elks club, the local Masons, the Carrollton and Spencerville Historical Societies, he served on the Carrollton Boy Scout Committee and he was a 30-year board member of the Cummings Bank.

The Ashtons will certainly be missed by Carrollton and the surrounding communities but their legacy will live on through their contributions and through the museum created in their name. This museum will include items from the Ashton’s family history. Some dating as far back as the early 1800’s. The museum will also include items of a historic or nostalgic nature from Carrollton, the community the Ashtons loved so much.

Items from the Ashton’s personal collection will include their Hummel collection, Anri, their Wade figurines as well as Knowles, Hibel and Bing and Grondahl plates. Also their Haviland dishware from Limoge, France. There will also be, for the sports fans, items from the Kentucky Derby and The Ohio State Buckeyes going back to the 1940’s. There will also be vintage holiday postcards from the early 1900’s, political paraphernalia and vintage toys and games. The museum will even include vintage TV and radio shows playing in the museum that visitors can sit and enjoy.

Akron Art Museum Presents: Open World, an Exhibit Inspired by Video Games

Millions of people world-wide play video games. Some of these gamers are also visual artists. Even so, the contemporary art world has rarely explored the influence of video games on current visual art.

The exhibit Open World, curated and presented at the Akron Museum of Art, seeks to explore the culture of video games through works including sculpture, painting, prints, textiles, drawings, video games, animation, modded video games, and performances.

Open World treats patrons with artworks which focus on all kinds of video games—everything from early text-based games, to classic arcade games to modern MMORPGs (that’s massively multi-player online role-playing game for the uninitiated) and the ever-popular first-person shooter. Artists included in the exhibit draw their inspiration from some of the most beloved franchises worldwide such as Final Fantasy, The Sims, Super Mario Bros. and the Legend of Zelda.

The exhibition’s namesake is in reference to games that employ an “open-world” platform in which players can, sometimes endlessly, roam the virtual world of the game free of any particular quest or mission. “Open world” also stands for the voice given to players and creators by means of the immense and unfamiliar worlds in which gamers and creators make themselves heard.

As does the exhibit, video games offer and encourage a unique viewpoints through diverse characters and encourage critical thinking.
The exhibit is in place until February 2nd.