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  • Fairfield County Courthouse
    Fairfield County Courthouse
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    Sherman House
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  • Ohio Glass Museum
    Ohio Glass Museum
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Lancaster Things to Do

  • The Ohio Glass Museum

    What a treat for Jill and I to have a personal tour of the "not-yet-opened" Ohio Glass Museum. Because we were at the Fairfield County Visitors and Convention Bureau, which is right next to the new museum, the man in charge of the museum asked us if we wanted to see the Museum itself.It would be two weeks before the museum was actually open to the...

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  • The Georgian: Stately Elegance

    The Georgian was built from 1830-1833 by Daniel Sifford. Thank goodness, this elegant old home was saved from destructed and restored by the Fairfield Heritage Association.It's situated on Original Town Square 13. Samuel F. Mac-cracken, a local businessman, had The Georgian build. It has Regency style of architecture (often seen in Philadelphia)....

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  • Reese-Peters House, a great Greek...

    We had the BEST TOUR GUIDE to see the historic Reese-Peters House (one of the great Greek Revival houses of Ohio). It was built in 1865 by William James Reese (grandson of German immigrant, Reinhold Dietrich Riess; son of Johann Jacob Riess, a wealthy merchant of Philadelphia.Reese was a lawyer (as were many men here in Lancaster). Reese fell in...

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  • Decorative Arts Center of Ohio

    Jill and I felt fortunate to visit Lancaster when we did. It was off "season" and not at all crowded. We seemed fortunate to have tours for just the two of us, and in case of the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, one of our favorite designers was the spotlighted exhibit. They were busily setting up for the opening that night. Our tour guide was kind...

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  • Disappoing Tour of Sherman House

    The Sherman House should have been a most interesting tour, especially for Jill since she is really into anything to do with the Civil War. Here is what she had to say about the Sherman House Tour:"In this house, Civil War General, William Teacumsah Sherman, was born, son of Charles Sherman and wife Mary. Few of the furnishings belonged to the...

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  • Stop Here First

    The first place that Jill and I walked to in Lancaster, Ohio was the Fairfield County Visitors and Convention Bureau which is located at 126 West Main Street in the Ohio Glass Museum Building.We were very pleased with the reception that we received upon entering this modest bureau. A beautiful young woman greeted us with a genuine smile as asked if...

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Lancaster Restaurants

  • Americanised Italian food

    You get a lot of bread; you get a lot of salad. You get medium portions of the entrees. But everything looks and tastes like Chef-Boyardee. I never feel like I am in Italy in this restaurant even with all its fake grape vines and wine bottles and Italian-flag colors. The place is bright and cheery. The staff is more than willing to do what it takes...

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  • Best Dessert at...

    Since most of the places that Jill and I wanted to see in Lancaster did not open until 1:00 p.m., we decided to find a place for lunch. We walked both sides of Main Street and finally decided to try Annie's Cheesecake & Tea Room. It looked small from the outside, but when we walked inside we were amazed at the space. It has a huge gift shop at the...

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Lancaster Shopping

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    Decorative Arts Center of Ohio Gift Shop

    by deecat Written May 12, 2006

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    After visiting the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, we walked into their beautiful gift shop. It is filled with lovely items of all kinds as well as "exclusive, exhibition-related merchandise". They also sell seasonal decor, housewares, and jewelry. I saw so many items that I would have loved to have purchased, but it was toward the end of our trip, and money was dwindling.

    What to buy: Museum shop volunteers run this shop. They were so helpful and so friendly; however, they were not agressive or "hovering". We appreciated that. Because they are "in the know", they are happy to help customers find special gifts.

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Lancaster Local Customs

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    Lancaster Glass Corporation 1 more image

    by deecat Updated May 13, 2006

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    From the Glass Museum, we learned that the following Glass Companies are still located in Lancaster, Ohio:

    Anchor Hocking Glass Company
    Lancaster Glass Corporation
    Erickson Glass

    Since Lancaster Glass Corporation is the one we saw, I'll talk about it.
    It was first called Lancaster Lens Company, and they specialized in automotive parts (high-grade mirror lenses for auto lamps (1910). About five years later the Ohio Shoe Company building was rebuilt and and third story was added to it. By 1916, this glass company had completed the first glass furnaces, and Lancaster Glass started manufacturing its own glass. Of historical significance is the fact that by 1919, the company had received a government contract to construct thirty 60-inch diameter reflectors to used in battleships and anti-aircraft search light in WWI.

    I think that it is so remarkable that in 1934, Lancaster Glass Company "produced 25" hand-blown glass reflector to be placed in the torch of the Statue of Liberty for its 50th anniversary".

    By 1948, Lancaster Glass used automatic machine production of glass and produced "cathode ray tubes for Zenith, RCA, and Admiral & military applications".

    By 1962, Lancaster Glass was one of 5 companies that merged to form Lancaster Colony Corporation.

    In 1982, they acquired my favorite glass, Fostoria, and Fostoria glassware was produced in Lancaster.

    Today, Lancaster Glass does glass for "design, form, optics, resolution, reflection, clarity, magnification, & strength."

    Glass has been a way of life in Lancaster for almost 100 years!

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Lancaster Off The Beaten Path

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    John Bright No. 2 Covered Bridge (1881) 3 more images

    by deecat Updated May 13, 2006

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    Fairfield County has almost 20 covered bridges still standing, which remind us of the way life used to be. In the 1950s, there were at least 45 covered bridges in Fairfield County, but after that, many of the bridges collapsed or, unfortunately, were replaced when they were vandalized or became to unsafe to use.

    Legend tells us that "covered bridges were built to resemble barns so that horses would not be afraid to walk across water." The truth is that the bridges were covered "to protect the truss timbers from rotting out."

    The bridge that Jill and I chose to see is called the John Bright Bridge; it is considered an excellent example of covered bridge preservation. Originally, it span the Poplar Creek on Bish Road. Today (where we viewed it), it sits over Fetters Run at Ohio University Lancaster.

    We were told that only 1 of the 20 Fairfield County's covered bridges is presently open to traffic; that bridge is The Rock Mill Bridge (1901) over the Hocking River at Rock Mill and Lithopolis Roads. It has the added feather of the scenic gorge that it sits over and a nearby grist mill (1824).

    Most of the still-standing bridges have been moved to private and public properties. But, you are able to visit bridges at Run Park, Johnson Covered Bridge Park, and Lockville Park.

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Lancaster Sports & Outdoors

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    by davecallahan Written Jul 3, 2007

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    Wide open fairways, young-growth trees, 5500 yards to 5900 yards, $30 (cart and 18holes).
    The greens are bent grass and fairly well maintained. The fairways are rye and not well kept up during the week (maybe better on the weekends) and the rough is thick. Water hazard on two holes but not significant; cart paths do cut across fairways so can be a free-ball hazard. Small bunkers near the green and the greens are mounded.

    Dress code is collared shirt and no sandals; shorts or long pants, no cutoffs.

    All in all, this is a fairly good course for non-expert golfers (like me).
    The course is fairly hilly with elevated tees and greens; some nice panoramic views on the hills.

    This is a semi-private club so call ahead for tee times.

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Lancaster Favorites

  • checking the sky

    http://weatherbug.excite.com/LiveCameras/Excite/LiveCameras.aspx?zcode=z4639&camera_group=1&enlarge=1&camera_id=LNCTS&lid=CNXCCEThe link that is above is the live weather camera at St. Mary School (309 East Chestnut Street) in Lancaster.it will give you a good idea of what the current weather conditions are in the area.

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  • An Overview of Lancaster

    Lancaster,Ohio, is historic, beautiful, and cultural. It has what most visitors enjoy, at least visitors such as Jill and I!The First Photograph is actually a mural painted on the visitor center/glass museum building on West Main Street. It a young William Tacumseh Sherman in a "Napoleon" pose. I am sure that Southerners hate this mural. If you...

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