Lawrence County, Ohio is rich in culture and history. The historic district of Ironton is home to many interesting buildings, with some dating as far back as the 1850s. One stop on the self-guided Historical Homes Tour through Ironton is the John Campbell house, built in the early 1850s. Campbell was an active abolitionist who harbored slaves by concealing them in his home.
Lawrence County, Ohio is known for its portion of history in the Underground Railroad. The Ohio River in Burlington, also the first county seat, was the route to freedom when a wealthy Virginia plantation owner, James Twyman, freed his 37 slaves in 1849. Today, the Burlington 37 Cemetery serves as a monument in remembrance of the sacrifices made by those brave individuals. Lawrence County was also home to several other abolitionists, including the Rev. John Rankin.
Burlington is located next to the village of South Point. South Point is the southernmost point of the state. Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia can be viewed from a sheltered picnic area on the bank of the Ohio River.
The remarkable Ohio River also serves as a major attraction with the outstanding architectural beauty and modernism of the Proctorville Suspended Bridge. Discover Lawrence County’s culture and history depicted by the artwork hand-painted by local artists on the Floodwall Murals on the Second Street Landing in the City of Ironton.
Scheduled county events are a lot of fun for the community and also a way for community members to keep in touch. The Lawrence County Fair is a weeklong event that takes place annually at the County Fairgrounds. Festivities include sale of livestock, musical entertainment, rides, crafts, bull riding, demolition, wrestling and food vendors featuring Lawrence County cuisine. The annual Sorghum Festival allows the community to watch the production of homemade sorghum syrup and molasses. The Appalachian Uprising Music Festival is a rapidly growing event with national artists like Sam Bush and David Grisman.
There are plenty of accommodations for out-of-towners. These include hotels, motels and bed & breakfast facilities. Hotels include the Country Hearth Inn and Grandview Inn. The peaceful Riverview Bed and Breakfast Inn is located along the Ohio River in Franklin Furnace. Several offer conference facilities in addition to regular rooms. They also offer entertainment, restaurants and swimming pools.
Camping is an alternative and is offered at the Wayne National Forest.
People are welcome to stop in the Greater Lawrence County Area Convention & Visitors Bureau for more information.