Centerburg, OhioPlatted in 1834 by Stephen Sutton and Jacob Houck, Centerburg is located just 14 miles Southwest of Mount Vernon. Centerburg's claim to fame is that it is the geographical center of Ohio. As you enter the village, you are welcomed to the "Heart of Ohio." Centerburg took its name as a midway tavern site at the crossroads of an early stage line between Columbus and Mount Vernon and was a way station for wagons and their 6- horse teams carrying merchandise between the Ohio River and Great Lakes. The railroad created substantial community growth. Centerburg continues to grow as it is merely a 40-minute commute to Columbus allowing homeowners to work in the city but live in a close-knit community where the air is fresh and neighbors are friendly.

In September, the community will host its annual Oldtime Farming Festival. Memorial Park, in Centerburg, is transformed into an event that educates visitors on the history of farming and its importance to the Central Ohio area. The festival also includes cakewalks and a pie auction.

Visit the Village's website at www.centerburgoh.org.

Danville, OhioLocated on U.S. 62, 15 miles northeast of Mount Vernon, Danville is a thriving community with homegrown pride and down home values. Home of the second oldest Catholic parish in Ohio, St. Luke Catholic Church, Danville’s roots run deep. The original Danville was laid out by George Sapp, Sr. and Robert Waddell in 1813 and was named for Daniel Sapp, a soldier in the War of 1812. Danville later merged with 2 smaller villages, Rosstown (Rossville) and Buckeye City, to create the village seen today.

Quaint, locally owned shops line the streets and guests are greeted in the same, friendly manner as family. Just off the square in Danville, visitors will find The Briar Patch, selling wood crafted items such as wall hangings, houses, holiday decorations, and much more. Fridays and Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., is the Danville Flea Market bringing a wide array of items. Anything and everything, from glassware to collectibles, can be found at this location, just down from The Briar Patch. With new items coming in every week, no two trips will be alike. Across the street, Hull’s Sportswear Shop offers the latest in team apparel for those supporting the local Danville Blue Devils or the die-hard Ohio State Buckeye fan.

In June the Danville-Howard Turkey Festival is held at the Danville Community Park (see calendar of events for specific dates). Games, rides, contests, and food dominate the three-day event where friends and family find time to get back to the basics of life.

While in Danville, take advantage of the two trails available. If you are a horse enthusiast, be sure to bring your horse and travel the Mohican Valley Trail, a trail open to any non-motorized mode of transportation. This trail runs from Danville to Holmes County. Runners, bikers, and walkers enjoy the scenery of the Kokosing Gap Trail that runs from Danville to Mount Vernon.

For more information, visit Danville's website at www.danvilleohio.org/

Fredericktown, OhioThe birth of a unique village began when John Keer was given 50 acres of land on which to settle and start a Grist Mill. The land was given to him by Mr. Sullivant, the founder of Franklinton, which is now known as Columbus. Keer started a mill, constructed a dam and raised a log home on the land. On November 11, 1807 he laid out the town and, in honor of his hometown in Maryland, named this new town Frederick. Forty-three years later, on March 22, 1850, the Village of Fredericktown was incorporated.

The largest village in Knox County today Fredericktown is a very close-knit community. The spirit of the people in Fredericktown will make any visitor feel like they are being welcomed home.

With many attractions, this village promises excitement and fun for visitors. Fishermen of all ages will enjoy fishing at Knox Lake and the Kokosing Reservoir, both located close to town. There are many ball fields in the town's two parks, Sockman and Merrin, allowing children and adults to participate in extracurricular sports in the spring and summer months. The annual Fourth of July celebration is held at Sockman Park; activities are held throughout the day and the whole community gathers in the evening to watch the spectacular fireworks program.

The Fredericktown Historical Museum holds a variety of items to transport visitors back to times past in Fredericktown. The Historical Society holds meetings periodically to tell stories of Fredericktown's past and the important people that influenced the growth of the community. The museum is open on Sundays from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., during the Tomato Show, all local events, and private showings by appointment. Appointments can be made by calling (740) 694-8891 or (740) 694-0332.

The gazebo, a symbol of community spirit, is located in the center of town and was built with funds and support from the residents. It is often used for events such as pep rallies and candle lighting at Christmas.

Whether shopping downtown, enjoying the parks or joining the town for the annual Tomato Show, Fredericktown holds lots of exciting possibilities.

For more information, visit Fredericktown's website at www.fredericktown.net

Gambier, Ohio, Home of Kenyon CollegeGambier, home of Kenyon College, is located about 4 miles east of Mount Vernon. The college founder, Philander Chase, the first Episcopal Bishop of Ohio, named the college after Lord Kenyon and the village after Lord Gambier. The area is an inviting mix of farming, residential properties and ivy-covered college buildings. The presence of Kenyon College helps to bring many activities and unique experiences to Gambier. The building of Kenyon College in the 1820's brought many English stonemasons. These skilled masons stayed on to contribute to the county in the construction of many fine homes.

While Kenyon College is the backbone of the Gambier community, there are many notable attractions to the community. The Gambier Gallery pays homage to local artistic talents by showing collections of work by various artists in all mediums. Gallery shows change frequently bringing customers and art lovers back time after time. Owner and artist Staci Staats offers pieces of her own creations as well as pottery classes. Each December (see calendar of events for specific date) local artisans and crafters converge on Gambier to peddle their crafts during the Gambier Craft Show. Traditionally, over 100 artists, vendors and craftsmen sell everything from maple syrup to Christmas ornaments and decorations.

For more information, see the Village of Gambier's website at www.villageofgambier.org

A City Full of History

The Square in Mount Vernon, OhioWith tree-lined streets, grand historic homes, and friendly faces Mount Vernon is a treasure trove of Americana. Chosen Ohio's "most livable city" in 1994, by Ohio magazine; Mount Vernon offers small town living at its best with the convenience of having large urban centers nearby.

Located within the serene beauty of Ohio's farmland, Mount Vernon extends many attractions for visitors and locals alike. A simple walk becomes a visual feast as Mount Vernon's ancient mansions rise above the streets to reflect a by gone era. The Kokosing Gap Trail begins in Mount Vernon and reveals majestic views of the Kokosing River Valley as it snakes its way to Danville along 14 miles of old railroad lines. For more gentile pursuits, the town provides a wide variety of performing arts ranging from theater performances to community concerts. Soon to add another venue, the Woodward Opera House (currently under renovation) is America's oldest authentic 19th century theater and is a brilliant reflection of the city's past.

While enjoying Mount Vernon, be sure to stop by one of the many restaurants, some of which have been local standbys for decades. The city offers a wide variety of fare from which to choose and can accommodate any palate.

Once a year, the town gets together for the annual Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival to celebrate its most famous son, Daniel Decatur Emmett, author of the song "Dixie". There is a wide variety of entertainment at the festival including nationally recognized acts. This is a time when all of Mount Vernon comes together to celebrate its past, present, and future.

The city of Mount Vernon has a great deal to offer travelers, a wide variety of lodging, many restaurants, and days of entertainment exploring the town and surrounding area.

Bloomers link to Mount Vernon

Amelia Bloomer, a woman ahead of her time, was a resident of Mount Vernon for about a year. During her time in Mount Vernon, Bloomer was the publisher of her own newspaper, The Lily. Because most men protested to having a female printer, Amelia staffed her paper with all female help. She is also believed to have made the bloomer a popular item among women. It is said that she adopted bloomers (women's undergarments that were popular at that time) from Turkish harem trousers.

Memorial Theater

The Memorial Theater is located at 112 East High Street. The theater, finished in 1925, plays host to a variety of different productions throughout the year. With a seating capacity of 1,028, the grand old theater has played host to such headliners as the Guy Lombardo Orchestra, Arlo Guthrie, Judy Collins, Jimmy Dorsey, Hank Williams Sr. and Mount Vernon's own Paul Lynde.

In addition to nationally recognized artists, the Memorial Theater plays host to local events that touch the lives of the entire community. School programs and local productions provide Mount Vernon residents the opportunity to share their talent with their neighbors and friends. The Mount Vernon Players produce a Broadway style musical each year that draws attendants from all over central Ohio. For more than 75 years, the Memorial Theater has been an intrinsic part of the Knox County community. With its classical facade and expansive parlors, the Memorial Theater is as grand now as it ever was and will continue to provide quality entertainment well into this millennium.

For more information, please visit the City of Mount Vernon's website at www.mountvernonohio.org.