What does it mean to you to take a walk? Is a walk relaxing, informative or energizing? Personally, I always find walks more interesting when I can learn something I didn’t know before, or see something that I wasn’t expecting to see. No matter your interests, chances are you’ll find a walking tour just right for you in Ohio’s Largest Playground.
Throughout its numerous cities, Warren County hosts a number of fun and informative walking tours, each catered to its own unique audience. History buffs will enjoy Springboro’s Underground Railroad Walking Tour, which highlights the major role the historic city of Springboro played in harboring slaves on their flights to freedom along the Underground Railroad. The self-guided tour will take you to 50 confirmed safe houses.
Have an art lover in the group? He or she will certainly appreciate the city of Franklin. After you spend some time taking a self-guided walking tour around the city, you’ll understand why it’s called the “City of Murals.” Ten murals, each depicting a different era in Franklin’s history, can be found all over town, mostly on the exteriors of buildings. The Franklin Murals were painted by nationally known and locally born artist Eric Henn, and include the only Ohio Bicentennial mural in the state that is not displayed on a barn.
If you’re in the mood for a ghost story or two, fear not! Just join a local historian for a tour through the Historic Lebanon Cemetery. With nothing but a flashlight guiding your way, you’ll visit the graves of 17 prominent Lebanon citizens, and might even experience a chance encounter with a few spirits (played by volunteer actors and actresses from the Glendower Historic Characters group).
Didn’t get your paranormal fix in Lebanon? Head to the Historic Village of Waynesville, known throughout the nation as, “Ohio’s Most Haunted Village.” Throughout the summer and fall, volunteers from the Museum at the Friends Home lead the Ghostly History Walking Tour, showcasing creepy sites both downtown and in the Quaker Historic District. Each one-hour stroll includes history-based tales that defy explanation.
Finally, and on a much brighter note, Warren County is also home to the annual Lebanon Garden Tour–a summer gathering, showcasing beautifully lush gardens planted and maintained by local green thumbs.
Of course, Warren County’s walking tours aren’t limited to just these five. Visit OhiosLargestPlayground.com to learn about more outdoorsy and educational adventures!
Read up on some other historical happenings!
A Tour Through Time: Historical Wonders of Warren County
Exploring the Hopewell Culture at For Ancient Earthworks & Nature Preserve