380 Mount Vernon Avenue, Marion
Stand on the front porch of the Harding Home and imagine what it was like to look out upon thousands of people from across the country waiting for you to speak. Visit the home of the 29th President of the United States, Warren G. Harding, and his wife, Florence, the site of his famous campaign speeches that launched his quest for the presidency in 1920. Open Memorial Day weekend 12-5 p.m. each day. Wednesday-Sunday 12-5 p.m. through the first Sunday in September; Open July 4; closed Labor Day. Weekends in September and October 12-5 p.m. Available for group appointment.
169 East Church Street, Marion
Learn about the creator of The Twilight Zone, Rod Serling, Olympian and football player Jim Thorpe, and 40th Treasurer of the United States Mary Ellen Withrow at the museum of the Marion County Historical Society. Once the city’s main post office, it is the home to the famous Wyandot Popcorn Museum and also features Warren G. Harding memorabilia and thousands of historical relics collected by the Marion County Historical Society. Closed January and February, otherwise Winter hours: 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Summer Hours: 1-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Or by appointment.
220 East Fairground Street, Marion
Browse through this collection of early machinery that are examples of what built America in the early 20th century. The Edward Huber Machinery Museum on the Marion County Fairgrounds contains examples of the finest steam and gasoline tractors, threshers and road-building equipment. Open 1-4 p.m. Saturday or by appointment.
Route 4 North of Marion
Opened in 1903, the Linn School was restored to its early 20th-century appearance and is a favorite of tour groups, school groups, and anyone fascinated by the original workings of a one-room school house. Open by appointment through Heritage Hall.
532 West Center Street, Marion
More than 100 trains pass by Union Station every day, making it a must see for train enthusiasts. The Station showcases an impressive collection of memorabilia and the Atlantic Crossing Tower, which was once the main switching facility for the Erie Railroad, Marion Division. The unusual nature of the station is that it is located between two diamond cross-overs. Open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays.
504 South State Street, Marion
Located in a brick mansion built during the Civil War, this museum features artifacts beginning with the Colonial days. This fascinating museum features primitive lighting, weapons, Indian relics, cast iron toys, clothing and fine glassware plus a Hickory Dickory Dock clock. Open every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment.
1126 East Center Street, Marion
The home is a historic mansion built by the Barlow family around 1888. Currently the Mid-Ohio Fine Art Society and the Marion Women’s Federation Club is offering monthly home tours and MOFAS is sponsoring showings by local and regional artists each month. Please phone 740-361-0148 for additional information.
169 East Church Street, Marion
Located under a colorful circus tent in Heritage Hall, the Wyandot Popcorn Museum is the largest, most impressive collection of popcorn wagons in the United States. These priceless wagons date back as far as the turn of the century and have been restored to their original conditions. Closed January & February. Winter hours: 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Summer Hours: May through October 1-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Or by appointment.
1674 Owens Road, Marion
Originally owned by John Owens In the late 1870’s, the Owens Quarry Opera House was one of many small opera houses along the railways in Ohio which served as a social hot spot to watch big name entertainment. It was in the small village of Owens Station in Marion County, five miles south of downtown Marion. You’ll find the Owens Quarry Opera House still quietly nestled beside the railroad on Owens Road. In the 1970’s, Dennis Mattix and his wife, Donna, purchased the 27 acre portion of Owens Station. They have planted more than 7,000 trees around several architectural restorations – a covered bridge, cabins, a small Indian mound, and more.