This small area just outside of Wellston is rich with history. Berlin Crossroads was an important point in the Underground Railroad and was the location where several freed slaves settled including President Thomas Jefferson's former slave, Thomas Woodson.
Berlin Heights was the location of a civil war battle between General John Hunt Morgan and Union Army Colonel Benjamin Runkle. See links above for more information.
The Jones Museum opened in 1995 with the two-fold mission to educate and to preserve the historical artifacts of the Jackson County, Ohio area. The permanent collection includes: remarkable items from the Jones family’s industrial past including Globe Iron, DT&I, Crown Pipe & Foundry and the Cambrian Hotel along with large portraits and photographs of family members; hundreds of bound volumes of all the different Jackson newspapers from the late 1800s to 1992; more than 80 hard copies of the Jackson High School yearbook, the Osky Wow, from 1912-1995 as well as digitized copies of the Osky Wow 1912-2015.
Housed in the beautiful old Welsh Congregational Church in the village of Oak Hill, Ohio, the Welsh-American Heritage Museum contains many items that came with the early immigrants to the area from Cardiganshire, Wales from 1818 to 1860's.
The Markay Cultural Arts Center is a renovated 1930's Art Deco movie theatre which is now operated by the Southern Hills Arts Council. The theatre shows classic movies and has a stage for live performances.
The Liberty Theatre Community Center is a 1920s restored theatre owned by the Oak Hill Historical Society. It is available to rent for parties, showers, reunions, family functions, banquets, meetings, live performances, and more. Check out their Facebook page for information on upcoming shows, stained glass classes and more or visit the Historical Society's events page.
Leo Petroglyph is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its
series of petroglyphs, or rock carvings, ancient Indians chiseled into an outcropping of sandstone.
The age of these carvings is unknown. However, based on the symbolism and the amount of weathering of the generally soft sandstone, they probably are less than one thousand years old and so likely are the work of the Late Prehistoric period Fort Ancient culture, or of American Indians living in the region during the period European contact.
Check out oral histories of veterans from the Second World War who resided in Jackson, Ohio. Seven vets beginning in 1989 gave oral histories their responses were recorded and transcribed. The veterans’ recollections remain the veterans’ own words with biographical details before and after the war.
You will be struck by the wartime experiences which local residents had to endure.
Check out the website here: https://jacksonww2vets.com/index.html
The seven Jackson County Veterans:
Ohio has long been known for it's Iron cities. Jackson County was a major producer of Iron in the 19th Century. From about 1830 to 1900, the Hanging Rock Iron Region (HRIR) which included Jackson, produced the majority of iron within the United States.
Although there are other furnaces in the area, Buckeye Furnace is the only totally restored site in Ohio. You can take a self tour of the furnace area, look around the company store or visit the covered bridge on the property. Bring a picnic and enjoy the landscape around you.
The village’s historic structures will include the McCoy Cabin, a recreated salt boiling furnace. the historic Scioto Township House and a small blacksmith shop. The McCoy Cabin is an original 1858 Vintage log cabin disassembled at it’s original location in Jackson County and reassembled in Salt Lick Village.
JOHN WESLEY POWELL MEMORIAL
The John Wesley Powell Memorial is dedicated to the one time Jackson resident and geologist. The building contains artifacts pertaining to Powell, who was the first American to navigate the length of the Colorado River and explore the Grand Canyon in 1869. As a child, Powell was tutored by Jackson resident George Crookham, a salt boiler, educator, and abolitionist. Later in life, Powell remembered to credit Crookham as the person that inspired his interest in geology.
Take a drive through scenic Jackson County and you may come across a picturesque covered bridge. The County Engineer's Office put together this map to help you find them.
Photo by: Gregory S. Hamilton
JACKSON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
OAK HILL HISTORICAL SOCIETY
WELLSTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY
COALTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY
JACKSON COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY