Music Hall, Cincinnati

Music Hall, Cincinnati

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Ohio River 1 Day RV Itinerary

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Day 1

Start: The Harrison Tomb

Directions from previous place:     The tomb is located off Cliff Road, west of U.S. 50, in North Bend.
Suggested Time at This Site:         15 minutes

The Harrison Tomb in North Bend is a 60-foot marble obelisk in a 14-acre park and pays tribute to William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States.

Stop 2: Harriet Beecher Stowe House

Directions from previous place:     Head east on Highway 50 to Cincinnati. The house is at 2950 Gilbert Avenue (State Route 3 and U.S. Route 22).
Distance from Previous Site:          15 miles / 24.0 km
Suggested Time at This Site:         30 minutes

Harriet Beecher Stowe grew up in this home. It was here that she learned of the injustices of slavery and wrote her famous novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Stop 3: More sights in Cincinnati

Along with the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, for those with extra time, visit the Museum Center at Union Terminal (1301 Western Ave.), the Carew Tower (West 5th and Fountain Square), and the Omni Netherland Plaza.

Stop 4: Ulysses S. Grant's Birthplace

Directions from previous place:      Continue on Highway 50 (it becomes Hwy. 52) to Pt. Pleasant. The Grant home is at U.S. 52 and State Rt. 232.
Distance from Previous Site:         26 miles / 41.6 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     30 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:       15 minutes

Ulysses S. Grant was born the 27th of April, 1822, in picturesque Point Pleasant, near the mouth of Big Indian Creek on the Ohio River. His restored one-story, three-room home, built in 1817, is open for tours.

Stop 5: Georgetown

Directions from previous place:      Leave the Byway just east of Higginsport on U.S. Highway 52 and go north on State Route 221 to Georgetown. Grant's home is at 219 East Grant Avenue.
Distance from Previous Site:           26 miles / 41.6 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     40 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:          30 minutes

Georgetown was the boyhood home of Ulysses S. Grant, 18th president of the United States.

Stop 6: Ripley

Directions from previous place:     From Georgetown head south on State Route 68 to State Route 62 which will take you back to the Byway, U.S. 52, and the town of Ripley.
Distance from Previous Site:           13 miles / 20.8 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     18 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:           2 hours

Stop in the town of Ripley and visit the Ripley Museum (219 North Second Street). Call 513-392-4660 for group tours.

Visit the Rankin House (Rankin Street, off State Route 52). Abolitionists John and Jean Rankin hid some 2,000 escaped slaves in this way-station on the Underground Railroad. Harriet Beecher Stowe stopped here to speak with Rankin about the problems of slavery before writing her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. She used some of the stories she heard here in her book. (Call 513-392-1627 for group tours. One hour stop).

The Parker home, also in Ripley, was another home involved with the Underground Railroad. Parker was a former slave, inventor, and businessman. His home, located on 330 North Front Street, is in the process of being restored. (Call 937-392-4004 for visitor information).

If you have extra time and the interest, stop by Carolyn's House of Mini Rooms Museum, (on Main Street and Ripley) to see doll-house sized rooms dedicated to various themes.

Stop 7: Riverside Murals

Directions from previous place:     Continue on U.S. 52 to the town of Portsmouth.
Distance from Previous Site:         72 miles / 115.2 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     1 hour 25 minutes

Portsmouth is best known for its splendid riverside murals. Subjects include Portsmouth's history, the town's settlement and the growth of industry, and famous personages, such as Branch Rickey.

Stop 8: Gallipolis

Directions from previous place:     Continue on Highway 52, which becomes State Route 7, as it follows the Ohio River, to Gallipolis.
Distance from Previous Site:         87 miles / 139.2 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     1 hour 40 minutes

Now it's on to the French Art Colony of Gallipolis. Here you can see Our House State Memorial, a well-known stop for travelers along the river, as well as Marquis de Lafayette (15 minute stop). You can learn about the rich history of the area and state here. While in Gallipolis, note the French-styled homes along the riverbanks.

Stop 9: Pomeroy

Directions from previous place:     Continue north on State Route 7 to its junction with State Route 833. Take Route 833 to Pomeroy.
Distance from Previous Site:           23 miles / 36.8 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     30 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:         15 minutes

Pomeroy has been featured on Ripley's "Believe It Or Not" list for its unusual courthouse which is built into the side of a cliff and is accessible on all three levels from the outside.

Stop 10: Marietta

Directions from previous place:     Follow State Route 338, as it trails the river. It will become State Route 124. Stay on 124 till it merges with State Route 7. Follow SR 7 east and north to Marietta.
Distance from Previous Site:         74 miles / 118.4 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     1 hour 30 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:         2 hours

Marietta is where Ohio began: it was the first city founded in the Northwest Territory. The early days of Marietta are remembered at the Campus Martius Museum (601 Second Street, 1-800-860-0145), which offers displays of riverboats and other antiquities (one hour stop). You can also stop at the Ohio River Museum next to the Martius Museum. Be sure to tour the historic town itself; beautiful old buildings and antiques are waiting to be discovered.

Stop 11: Steubenville

Directions from previous place:     Stay on State Route 7 north to Steubenville.
Distance from Previous Site:         107 miles / 171.2 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:      2 hours 10 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:          2 hours

In Steubenville you can see the reconstructed Historic Fort Steuben (1787), (120 South Third Street, 740-283-1787). This fort was under the command of Captain John Francis Hamtramck for the protection of the surveyors of the Northwest Territory. There are tours, exhibits, and a gift shop as well as travelers’ information in the Visitors Center.

In downtown Steubenville you can see murals depicting the 1850s and 1920s city life of Steubenville. The murals are painted on the sides of many of the buildings in the area. For more information call the Steubenville Convention & Visitors Bureau, 1-800-510-4442.

Stop 12: Wellsville River Museum

Directions from previous place:     Continue north on State Route 7 to Wellsville. The museum is at 1003 Riverside Avenue.
Distance from Previous Site:           20 miles / 32.0 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     25 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:          30 minutes

Constructed in 1870, the Wellsville River Museum is a three-story building with period furniture and paddle wheel displays. For information call: 330-532-3048.

End: Museum of Ceramics

Directions from previous place:     Head north out of Wellsville on State Route 7 four miles to East Liverpool. The museum is at 400 East Fifth Street
Distance from Previous Site:           4 miles / 6.4 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     5 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:        30 minutes

Housed in East Liverpool's old post office, the Museum of Ceramics brings to life the role the ceramic industry played in Ohio, and specifically East Liverpool, in the mid-1800s to mid-1900s. East Liverpool was considered the Pottery Capital of the World. For more information, call 330-386-6001.

Totals for Day 1

Total Distance Traveled:     467 miles / 747.2 km
Total Travel Time:                  9 hours 13 minutes
Total Stopping Time:              8 hours 45 minutes

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