Introduction to Nelsonville, Ohio
Nelsonville, Ohio, in Athens county, is 53 miles SE of Columbus, Ohio. The city has a population of approximately 5,230.
The area was settled in the early 1800s. A log cabin was built in 1810 and the Johnson and Hulbert families became the first permanent settlers. Daniel Nelson and his wife Sarah Smith Nelson purchased 200 acres in August, 1814, and the following years, Nelson laid out town lots. The community soon came to be known as "Nelsonville". Josiah Coe constructed the first flour mill in 1816, and with time a tavern, a store, a post office, and a tannery were also built. Nelsonville was officially incorporated in 1838.
Nelsonville and Nearby Attractions
- National Road/ Zane Grey Museum
- Slate Run Living Historical Farm
- Blennerhassett Island Historical Park
- Rockbridge State Nature Preserve
- Hocking Valley Scenic Railway
- Columbus Topiary Garden
Things To Do In Nelsonville
Motts Military Museum, National Road/ Zane Grey Museum, John & Annie Glenn Historic Site, and Livingston House are some of the museums and historic sites near Nelsonville. The Slate Run Living Historical Farm depicts farm life during the 1880s, while Blennerhassett Island Historical Park is the restored mansion of Harman Blennerhassett and currently features a museum, carriage rides, and facilities for biking. The Rockbridge State Nature Preserve includes a 100-foot long natural bridge made of rock. Swimming, camping, boating, and hiking can be enjoyed at the Strouds Run State Park, Hocking Hills State Park, Burr Oak State Park, and Clear Creek Metro Park. Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, another popular destination in Nelsonville, offers visitors the opportunity to go on a historic train ride along Ohio's Hocking River and the hills of Southeast Ohio.
Air transportation is available from the Port Columbus International Airport.
Nelsonville Higher Education
Nelsonville is home to Hocking College. Ohio University, and Ohio University - Lancaster are located nearby.