Historical Marker Tour

There are nine Ohio Historical Society Historical Markers and several privately erected markers in Athens County. A driving tour of all will help you discover the unique history of Athens County.

Athens County has a rich history.  Formed in 1805 from part of Washington County, Athens County has experienced coal mining, pioneering education and so much more.  Some of this history has been recorded on Historical Markers. These markers tell us stories from the past.  They commemorate specific sites, events and sometimes even people.  There are nine Ohio Historical Society Historical Markers and several privately erected markers in Athens County.  This driving tour will take you to all of them.  We hope you enjoy discovering the unique history of Athens County.

These directions will take you to each of Athens Counties Historic Marker.

For more information about Athens County History, visit the Athens County Historical Society and Museum, located at 65 N. Court St. or check out www.athenshistory.org.

For more information about Ohio Historical Markers, visit www.remarkableohio.org

HS Albany Marker

Subject: Albany and the Enterprise Academy

Location: NW Corner of Washington & West Clinton Streets, Albany, Ohio, 45710

Sponsors: Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Athens County Historical Society and Museum, and The Ohio Historical Society

Year: 1999


HS Dow Finsterwald Day Marker at Athens Country Club

Subject: Dow Finsterwald Day, September 25, 1958 - This marker commemorates Athens Counties own little slice of Golf History, marking the time and place where some of the games greatest players met for the first time.

Location: Athens Country Club, 7606 Country Club Rd, Athens, OH 45701

Sponsors: The Athens Foundation/Ad Hoc Dow Finsterwald Marker Committee and The Ohio Historical Society 

Year: 2009


HS Peden Stadium Marker

Subject: Ohio Universityís Peden Stadium

Location: Peden Stadium, Richland Ave. and South Green Dr., Athens, OH 45701

Sponsors: Ohio University Intercollegiate Athletics Department and The Ohio Historical Society 

Year: 2009


HS OU Marker at Alumni Gate 1

Subject: Ohio University

Location: Alumni Gateway, Corner of Union and Court Streets, Athens, OH 45701

Sponsors: The Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The International Paper Company Foundation, and The Ohio Historical Society 

Year: 2003


HS Alumni Gate w non OHS Marker


Check out the historical marker for the Alumni Gateway as well.  It is located just to the left after walking through the gateway.  The Alumni Gateway Marker is a non-OHS marker.


HS The Berry Marker

Subject: Berry Hotel

Location: 18 N. Court Street, Athens, OH 45701

The marker for the Berry Hotel, which was destroyed by fire in the 1970s, is located in front of the Court Street Diner.  This is a non-OHS marker.


HS Coonskin Library

Subject: Western Library Association, 1804 - The Coonskin Library

Location: Village Park, 1 State Street, Amesville, OH 45711

Sponsors: Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The International Parper Company Foundation, and The Ohio Historical Society 

Year: 2003


HS Athens Co Infirmary Building with marker

Subject: Athens County Infirmary

Location: 13183 State Route 13, Millfield, OH 45761

Sponsors: Athens County Department of Job and Family Services and The Ohio Historical Society 

Year: 2004

Other: The former Athens County Infirmary is currently the home of Athens County Job and Family Services.


HS Hisylvania Coal Company Mine No. 22 Marker 2 Glouster

Subject: Hisylvania Coal Company Mine No. 22

Location: Glouster Community Park, State Route 13, Glouster Village, OH 45732

Sponsors: Buckeye Hills R.C.& D. and The Ohio Historical Society 

Year: 2000


HS Hocking Valley Railway Marker with Train Nelsonville

Subject: Hocking Valley Railway 

Location: Canal Street and St. Rte. 33, Next to the Rocky Boot Outlet, Nelsonville, OH, 45764

Sponsors: The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway and The Ohio Historical Society 

Year: 1991


HS Hocking Valley Coal Strike Marker w Square in the Background 1

Subject: The Hocking Valley Coal Strike, 1884-5

Location: Public Square, Nelsonville, OH 45764

Sponsors: Ohio Bicentennial Commission, Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council, and The Ohio Historical Society 

Year: 2003