June 22, 2015

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Tshilikauthee- Chalaakaatha – Chelecothe – Chillicothe! A name with a special sound and meaning chosen from the Shawnee Indian language and denoting its meaning- “principal town.” Founded in 1796 by Colonel Nathaniel Massie, just above the confluence of Paint Creek and the Scioto River, he laid out the village to be called Chillicothe.

In 1800, the United State Congress designated Chillicothe as the capital of the “eastern section” of the Northwest Territory. Two years later the State Constitutional Convention was held in Chillicothe and in 1803, when Ohio entered the Union, Chillicothe became the first state capital. Consequently, Chillicothe is home to four of the State’s Governors, all four of which are buried in Chillicothe at the beautiful Grandview Cemetery.

Ohio’s transportation systems were key to its prominent position in the State. The construction of the Ohio-Erie Canal in 1831 made Chillicothe a major canal port and offered Ross County farmers adequate shipping of their crops to market. The canal system combined with the construction of the Marietta and Cincinnati Railroad attracted many new settlers from Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. One of these settlers was Colonel Daniel Mead, who purchased a paper making plant in 1890 eventually becoming the nationally known Mead Corporation – now Glatfelter.

The build up of World War I in 1917 resulted in the construction of Camp Sherman in Ross County. In three months, the city’s population jumped from 17,000 to 60,000. Much of the original Camp Sherman is currently occupied by the Veterans Administration, Hopewell Culture National Historic Park and three state correctional facilities.

Through the State Seal, Chillicothe and Ross County have left their mark on the state and its history. The first seal designed in 1803 was inspired by the sunrise coming from behind the hills east of Chillicothe as viewed from Adena State Memorial, Thomas Worthington’s hilltop home. Today, Chillicothe is known as an industrial city surrounded by one of the most productive agricultural counties in Ohio. Our rich historical past provides a source of pride for the community.


More information at the Ross-Chillicothe Visitors Bureau.

Tecumseh! Outdoor Drama

Tecumseh! Official 2015 PosterThe 2015 season of Tecumseh! Outdoor Drama in Chillicothe is underway! Shows run from June 5-August 29.

From their website:

Witness the epic life story of the legendary Shawnee leader as he struggles to defend his sacred homelands in the Ohio country during the late 1700's.

The huge, outdoor stages of the Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheater afford the audience a unique viewing experience. You will sit beneath the stars in the beautiful amphitheater as sheer spectacle surrounds you with a herd of galloping horses, live military cannon in action, and the most dazzling battle sequences offered on the American stage. 

Often emulated within the outdoor drama industry, "Tecumseh!" continues to set the standard for innovative production techniques. Over 100 people are involved each summer in bringing this exciting drama to life. The sights and sounds of natural elements serve to heighten this one-of-a-kind theatrical experience.

To find out more information and purchase tickets, visit their website.