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Circleville Activity Guide

OhioHealth is proud to welcome Berger Health System to our growing network! We have rounded up a list of family fun activities for you and yours to enjoy in the Circleville and Pickaway community.

About Circleville

Circleville is the county seat and only city within Pickaway County. Named after an ancient earthwork, a circle with a diameter of about 1140 feet, and an adjacent square measuring over 900 feet on each side where the early town was built. These earthworks are believed to have been built by the Hopewell people.

Sweets and treats

Circleville is famous for the Circleville Pumpkin Show. The event brings over 400,000 visitors to Pickaway county each year. A mural celebrating the Circleville Pumpkin Show is located on East Main Street. You can also check out the other downtown murals, all created by local artist Eric Henn.

Wittich’s Fine Candies & Ice Cream Soda Fountain is located in Circleville. Wittich’s not only has an array of treats for everyone in the family, but it is oldest family owned candy shop in the United States!

Lindsey’s Bakery has been home to the world’s largest pumpkin pie for over 40 years! This made from scratch bakery has been family owned for more than 50 years, passed down through the generations. Gene Lindsey, the original owner, also invented the pumpkin donut in the early 60s.

Family activities

Muddy Boots Petting Farm is located in Laurelville, Ohio, southwest of Circleville. Great for any family activity like picnics or birthdays, you can enjoy getting up close with animals while enjoying the country.

Pickaway County is home to great museums and historical attractions.

The Ted Lewis Museum pays tribute to Ted Lewis, a vaudeville performer born and raised in Circleville. The museum holds and exhibits Ted Lewis’ archives, memorabilia and music library in the only remaining edifice that stood within the original circle of Circleville. Upon Ted Lewis’ passing, the Smithsonian Institute, Yale and Harvard University all asked for Ted’s collection, but his widow Adah made sure that everything was donated back to his hometown, which Ted fondly referred to as “The Capital of the World.”

The Clarke May Museum is located in the house built by Dr. and Mrs. Edward C. Clarke during the 1840s through the early 1850s. Dr. Clarke was a dentist and a native of Connecticut. A son, Dr. Edward Clarke, also a dentist, raised his family here and left the house to his daughter, Miss Abbe, an accomplished musician.

Ohio’s Small Town Museum was recognized by the Oprah Winfrey show and by the New York Times as a unique museum that can be found in the railroad boom town, Ashville, north of Circleville. The museum exhibits information about famous writers, inventors, politicians, entertainers, and the not-so-famous who lived in the town. The Museum is open to the public free of charge all year from 1pm-3pm.

Slate Run Metro Park Living Historical Farm. Experience rural agricultural life as it was in the 1880s at this cultural site in Canal Winchester. Buildings, machinery, livestock, and crops all reflect the rural farm last of the past. The farm is a part of the Slate Run Metro Park which can be explored on one of their many nature trails.

Looking for more activities around Ohio? We have you covered with our Active Ohio series!

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