Things to See & Do in Gallia County
Travel and tourism, as an industry, continue to be vital to Gallia County. Its treasures and traditions are as rich in diversity as they are in history. Situated along the banks of the magnificent Ohio River, the beauty of Gallipolis and Gallia County is only matched by how much the historic community has to offer residents and visitors alike. The splendor and quaintness of Gallipolis and Gallia County are unequalled, offering tourists the best in breathtaking views of rural America.
The Gallia County Convention and Visitors Bureau actively promotes and partners with many appealing places of interest, revealing something spectacular throughout every season of the calendar year.
A range of historical sites, as well as multiple outdoor activities, excite the senses and intrigue the imagination. Visitors can relive times past or experience the sights and sounds of today in Gallipolis and Gallia County.
The many attractions include:
• The breathtaking beauty of the Ohio River.
• The Gallipolis City Park, called “La Place” by the original French Settlers.
• The French Art Colony multi-arts center, featuring year-round exhibits.
• The restored Ariel Theatre.
• The Our House Museum.
• Many historic homes listed on the National Registry.
• Unique downtown shopping.
• Raccoon Creek County Park.
• The Gallia County Historical and Genealogical Society . . . and many more.
The Gallia County Junior Fairgrounds, located just west of the City of Gallipolis, is the site for the largest junior fair in the State of Ohio. Both indoor and outdoor exposition areas are available, with a new and expanded campground with campsites. In addition to the junior fair, it hosts multiple activities throughout the year, such as the French 500 Flea Market and the Emancipation Proclamation Celebration.
The Bob Evans Farm in Rio Grande was once “home” to Bob Evans (founder of Bob Evans Farms, Inc.) and his family for nearly 20 years. Today, the farm features “The Homestead” as a museum, celebrating the heritage of the Bob Evans Farms company, the Evans family and the history of Gallia County and Southeastern Ohio. It is also home to the Craft Barn, where shoppers find unique gifts to reflect the region’s heritage. Every year, on the second weekend in October, the farm gears up for its annual Farm Festival.
Just north of Gallipolis, the Silver Bridge was the first of its design to be built in the United States and second in the world. On December 15, 1967, it collapsed into the cold icy waters of the Ohio River due to a crack in one of the I-bars. Two years later to the day, the Silver Memorial Bridge was opened, spanning the river to join the communities of Gallipolis, Ohio and Pt. Pleasant, West Virginia.
Fifteen miles south of the Silver Memorial Bridge, the Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This project actually changed the course of the Ohio River to decrease the time needed for lockage. It replaced the Gallipolis Roller Dam, which was the first of its kind built in the United States.
Tourism in Gallia County accounts for over $91 million in direct sales annually, and supports over 2000 direct and indirect jobs. Travel and tourism are vital to Gallia County’s economy, and will continue to grow in future years.
As you make your travel and tourism plans, we hope you include Gallia County, where – for any reason, in any season – there is something for everyone. To obtain visitor information, visit the Web site at www.visitgallia.com, or call 800-765-6482 or 740-446-6882.