“The Kricker family’s long-term faith in the economic strength of Scioto County is a matter of historical record,” noted the Portsmouth Daily Times in May of 1978. Edmund J. Kricker, the seventy-nine year old chairman of the board and chief…

Coming soon! The story of the Portsmouth Post Office (built, 1935) and its Depression Era murals by Clarence Holbrook Carter and Richard Zoellner. Find the highwater marker near the front entrance, step into the lobby, and see Portsmouth's first…

Coming soon! The story of Friendly Grove, the pioneer home of Robert Lucas, Ohio Governor and one of the founders of the national Democratic Party. Located on the outskirts of Piketon, the former seat of Pike County, where Lucas settled after…

"HOW!" rang the greeting. "It is indeed a pleasure for me, as a representative of the people who once inhabited this very spot, to come before you, our White Brothers, who are now sitting about our Council Fire. The Council Fire of the Red Man is…

The confluence of the Scioto and Ohio Rivers has long been the site of human habitation, from the ancient Adena and Hopewell to the Shawnee and, lastly, to the Americans of today. The mouth of the Scioto has seen the rise and fall of many villages,…

The lives of David Gharky and Dr. Thomas Waller are forever intertwined. These two pioneer settlers first made their home at Alexandria, on the West Side of the Scioto's Old Mouth, but when that village's fate became clear, these two men and their…

Billed as "the world's most authentic, museum-quality representation of Christopher Columbus' flagship," the Santa Maria Ship/Museum has been anchored to the banks of the Scioto River in the heart of Ohio's state capital since 1992. Built to…

The Shawnee State Park Nature Center on State Route 125 in Scioto County was originally built (circa 1969) for a privately owned cabin rental complex, known as the High Meadow, which was briefly located on the current site of the Shawnee Park…

In 1924, after purchasing the first lands for the creation of the Shawnee State Forest, the Division of Forestry constructed three fire towers in the region to help protect the state's newly acquired resources. Today, at the metal structure's…