Fayette County Visitors Guide 2022

Page 1







fayette county visitors guide



Supporting champions.

Strengthening movements. Our nationally recognized Orthopedic and Spine program raises the bar for care—right here in the region we’ve been proud to serve for 125 years.

welcome to

fayette county

Welcome to the crossroads of Southwest Ohio. With an abundance of shopping, outdoor fun and more, there’s no shortage of fun for all.

2 Destination Outlets

9 Fill Your Plate

4 Meet Me

14 Community Spotlight 21 Highlight on History

Learn more about the shops and events at the outlet mall.

on Main Street

Dine on dishes that will appeal to any palate.

Meet some of Washington Court House’s shop owners.

Read about Fayette County Agriculture Hall of Fame inductee Robin Beekman.

7 Events

15 The Wonder

Take part in the celebrations of the local communities.

of Wandering

Explore the outdoors and bike the Paint Creek Recreation Trail.

19 By the Season

Winter, spring, summer, fall – enjoy activities year round!

Connect with history at the county’s historical locations.

24 Fayette County Map Find your way around.

Produced by Fayette County Travel & Tourism Bureau in Partnership with Great Lakes Publishing. Fayette County Travel & Tourism Bureau: 101 E. East St., Washington Court House, OH 43610; 740-335-8008; visitfayco.com on the cover Destination Outlets photo by Matthew Allen

Toast to Summer & Hot Air Balloon Glow

photo by kathy patterson

fayette county visitors guide




If you are seeking style inspiration, redesigning your home, looking for the perfect gift or planning a group outing, the destination you’re looking for is the same. Destination Outlets boasts of a variety of stores for every personality and budget. You won’t leave empty handed, but you won’t break the bank, either. Not sure where to start? Here are a few of our favorite stops. by alexia kemerling 4 Old Navy

Shopping with your family? With clothing for all genders, ages and styles, you’ll find new outfits for your entire crew at Old Navy.

1 Pottery Barn Outlet

From centerpiece furniture to accent rugs, this home furnishing store offers the pieces – and inspiration – to turn any house into a home. Suite 8100, 740-948-2004

Suite 8225, 740-948-2019




2 Bath & Body Works

All shopping days call for a bit of aromatherapy. Take your time browsing seasonal scents and yearround staples, then stock up on your favorites.



Suite 8155, 740-948-2932

3 Coach Outlet

Elevate any outfit with a designer handbag, wallet and the perfect accessories – all available at affordable prices. Suite 8175, 740-948-2345

6 3

5 Vera Bradley

Find your next handbag, travel bag or backpack, all with beautiful patterns and bold colors that will help you stand out. Suite 8260

6 American Eagle Outfitters

Every closet needs cozy loungewear and cute dresses – you’ll find both for great prices at American Eagle Outfitters. Suite 8365, 740-948-2235



photos by fayette county cvb, matthew allen

11 Yankee Candle

The right fragrance can brighten a room, calm a space or capture a memory. This is a great stop for gifts, or for treating yourself.

13 Sports Corner

Heaven for the athletes and inspiration for the casually active. Find name-brand equipment and clothing at notable prices.

Suite 8415, 740-948-0098

Suite 8740, 740-419-8005

12 T.J. Maxx

Shoes, trendy clothes, kitchen goods, furniture … what doesn’t T.J. Maxx offer? You never know what gems you’ll find here.

14 Gap Outlet

From baby jean jackets (and other adorable pieces) to women’s athleisure to men’s business casual looks, you’ll find styles for every closet.

Suite 8540, 740-948-2498

Suite 8865, 740-948-9290

13 12


events at the outlet Shop and celebrate in the same place! In summer, visit Destination Outlets on July 9th for The Cornhole Tournament and come back August 5–7 for the Food Truck Rally (as well as a Sidewalk Sale weekend). When the weather starts to cool off, bring the kids for Trick-or-Treating and a petting zoo to celebrate fall on October 24th. Then start the holiday season off right on November 19th with the Holiday Festival, which ramps up for the biggest sales of the year on November 25th: Black Friday. Get the most up-to-date information about upcoming events by scanning the QR code or visiting destinationoutlets.com/ events.

9 7

7 Kate Spade

Add personality to any look with a bold and beautiful purse. The great prices are as much of a statement as the designs themselves. Suite 8570, 740-948-2506


10 9 Levi’s

Levi’s has been dressing people for over 150 years, and their blue jeans are still the top of the line in quality and style. Suite 8755, 740-948-2431

8 Michael Kors

Shop for women’s and men’s designer looks, from handbags to watches to fashionable apparel and accessories. Suite 8670, 740-948-9458

photos by matthew allen

10 Nike Factory Store

What’s in a logo? Nike’s iconic swoosh represents power, dedication, skill and more. With great deals, you can wear the swoosh with pride. Suite 8890, 740-948-9244

Visit on Sidewalk Sales weekends and stroll for super savings! May 27–30: Memorial Day Sidewalk Sales July 1–4: The 4th of July Sidewalk Sales August 5–7: Tax Free Weekend Sidewalk Sales September 2–5: Labor Day Weekend Sidewalk Sales November 25–27: Black Friday Weekend Sales fayette county visitors guide


meet me on

main street In Washington Court House, smal-town charm blends with unique boutiques and stores that amaze shoppers with their treasures. Read on to meet some of the local store owners. by jill sell

The Noble Pig, 131 E. Court St. Erica Cawley began painting and rebuilding furniture in her garage in 2015. Today Cawley and her husband Jeremy own The Noble Pig, an eclectic shop most known for its handmade and re-purposed furniture. “We sell furniture that we refinish, stain or paint,” says Cawley. “We focus on dining room tables, hutches, dressers and basically anything wood.” The Noble Pig also sells antiques, new and vintage home décor, and clothing, as well as products from 20 other local vendors. Cawley’s two teenage daughters also help in the shop: one etches glass and makes jewelry and the other enjoys buying and selling vintage glass including Fenton. “Some people come in for help redecorating, and we’ll try to learn their style and suggest items for them,” says Cawley, who often attends auctions looking for things her customers request. “Or if they’re looking for an outfit for a special event, we’ll help put together clothing and jewelry for them. We try to give people a personal shopping experience.”

Showplace Furniture Gallery, 153 W. Court St.

Downtown Washington Court House



In business for 32 years and in the same location for 30, Rob and Christina Stiffler are owners of Showplace Furniture Gallery. Christina Stiffler says she is “blessed” to have loyal customers of all generations. The couple, both born and raised in Fayette County, have four children and intend to keep the business in the family. “All the kids have worked here ever since they could walk and dust,” says Stiffler. “Our youngest is in college at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and is studying business and design to take over the store someday.” Almost everything on the 15,000-square-foot showroom floor is in stock, which means that customers don’t have to worry about long wait times between pickup or delivery for new sofas, sectionals, recliners, dining sets, bedroom suites, bedding or appliances. Showplace Furniture Gallery specializes in classic, traditional furniture, although contemporary styles can be ordered. Lately,

photo by joe guard photography

The Noble Pig

the lift chairs have been a fan favorite. Stiffler also says that neutral and earth tone furniture colors like grays and browns are especially popular this year.

Three Birds Boutique, 250 E. Court St. Brittany Pfeifer, owner of Three Birds Boutique, says there is one responsibility of managing the women’s clothing and accessory shop she will never give up: choosing and ordering the inventory. “I’m just so picky. But it’s worked well for the past three years and people love what I buy, so I’ll keep doing it,” says Pfeifer, who opened her business in 2018 in a single room of her home. “I’ll spend hours and hours planning outfit options, choosing things that I think go well together.” These techniques have helped her expand quickly. Counting that first little retail room, Pfeifer has since moved into four

Shop ‘til You Drop

photos by the noble pig, three birds boutique

Three Birds Boutique

different locations, each larger than the last. “This community is so supportive,” says Pfeifer. “Washington Court House is a small town, so the amount of customers who walk through our doors is something I couldn’t have imagined.” Pfeifer counts shackets and leggings among her bestsellers, and says customers appreciate the impressive selection of dresses. Shoppers can complete their new outfits with accessories including jewelry, hair accessories, beanies or even handbags.

Main Street Fayette McKenna Brown is director of Main Street Fayette, a non-profit organization that coordinates family-friendly entertainment, signature events and celebrations in downtown Washington Court House. Brown’s main goal is to promote economic growth among the many downtown retailers, restaurants, other-non-profits and

professional services. But no one told her she can’t have fun while doing her job. “I love it here,” says Brown. She shares her best advice for local residents and the ever-increasing number of out-of-towners who come to shop: “Just start at one point, turn a corner and you’ll find a coffee shop. Turn another, and it’s unique boutiques and antique stores. You’ll get a good feel of everything if you walk the entire downtown, there is truly something for everyone.” Shop Hops, the second Friday and Saturday of every month, are especially festive and offer giveaways. Depending on the season, visitors can enjoy themed store windows (some with live mannequins), horse and carriage rides, car shows, food trucks, live bands, DJs and activities for kids. Downtown Live, the popular annual Christmas event, transforms downtown Washington Court House to a scene similar to a “Holiday Hallmark Movie.”

There’s even more to love in downtown Washington Court House. Find a little bit of everything at Harry and Annie’s, including antiques, uniques, rust and whim. Gilmore Fine Antiques and Design is the place to go for vintage, Victorian or mid-century modern home decor. Back-En-Thyme Flower and Gift Shop offers thoughtful gifts to give or receive, including fresh flowers, gourmet chocolates, wine and boutique items. Find custom-made clothing with vinyl transfers or glitter designs at Creative Designs by Denise. And for locally made decorative signs and vintage and rustic furniture, The Farmhouse should be your first stop.

fayette county visitors guide


Sunny Maple

5675 U.S. Hwy. 62 N.E., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-437-7272, sunny-maple.business.site Create your own sub or sandwich with over 75 Troyers meats and cheese at this deli shop.

The Noble Pig

Patchwork Gardens Greenhouses


Destination Outlets

around the county

Back En’Thyme Flower & Gift Shop

8000 Factory Shops Blvd., Jeffersonville, OH 43128 800-213-9083, destinationoutlets.com Shop designer and brand name stores with deep discounts at this outlet mall.

101 E. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-0003, backenthyme.com This fresh flower shop specializes in custom floral designs and has a great selection of gifts, home décor and one-of-a-kind items.

Four T’s Boutique

Boutique on Main

Fox Jewelers

107 S. Main St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-313-7013, mybomboutique.com This unique boutique offers high-end boutique clothing, locally made graphic tees and home décor.

Burkes Outlet

330 Washington Sq., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-636-0914, stores.burkesoutlet.com/oh/ washingtoncourthouse Whether you want to outfit the family, the house or family dog, Burkes Outlet has the looks, the sizes and prices that will make it your favorite place to shop.

Craig’s Shoes & Sports

1270 U.S. Hwy. 22 N.W., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-4360, qualiteedesign.com Have a ball at this sporting goods store that specializes in athletic footwear.

Creative Designs by Denise

243 E. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 Shop for unique embroidered items made by Denise.

Death Putt Disc Supply

149 S. Fayette St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-620-4020, deathputtdiscsupply.com Death Putt Disc Supply is a small disc golf retailer selling new and reincarnated disc golf equipment.



231 E. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-505-0801, shopfourtsboutique.com Shop trendy and unique clothing and accessories. 296 Blackstone St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-5224, foxjewelers.net This jewelry shop offers custom designs as well as jewelry repairs.

Gilmore Fine Antiques

137 E. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 Shop a variety of fine antiques, gift items and more.

Great American Jewelry

112 W. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-1401, wchjewelry.com Find custom, new and vintage jewelry at this jewelry shop.

Harry & Annies

212 E. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 614-562-1950 This antique shop specializes in the unique with antique furniture, clothing and décor.

Indigo Roots Studio

120 W. Court St., Ste. 1, Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-572-0629, indigorootsstudio.com This studio offers yoga, meditation, mindful living workshops and holistic therapies. Shop yoga accessories, jewelry, clothing, essential oils, books and salt lamps.

Kirk’s Furniture

9 W. Front St., New Holland, OH 43145 740-495-5181, kirksfurniture.com This furniture store offers brand name furniture, appliances, electronics, décor and mattresses.


210 Washington Sq., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-333-6615, homeofthehappy.com Shop locally handmade items, soy candles, tobacco pipes, incense, posters and so much more!

North Shore Primitives & Antiques

153 S. Hinde St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-6799, northshoreprimitives.com This antique shop, nestled in an old storage barn, offers colonial and primitive goods and furniture.

Patchwork Gardens Greenhouses

2999 Old U.S. 35 S.E., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-0018, patchwork-gardens.com

Robin’s Nest Flowers & Gifts

6 E. High St., Jeffersonville, OH 43128 740-426-8897 The shop offers fresh flowers for any occasion and delivers.

Showplace Furniture Gallery

153 W. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-333-5077 Check out this family-owned shop that offers a wide selection of furniture for all settings.

Simply Home

106 W. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-572-1048 Search for farmhouse and primitive décor at this country home shop.

131 E. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 614-603-0792 Find antiques, handmade and repurposed furniture, home décor, clothing, Rae Dunn, jewelry and more! Place a custom order or attend a DIY class.

The Primitive Mercantile

2 S. Main St., Jeffersonville, OH 43128 740-488-7091 Find primitive, farmhouse and shabby chic décor in this shop in downtown Jeffersonville.

The Vault

116 W. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 Find unique collectibles at this one-of-a-kind antique store.

Three Birds Boutique

250 E. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-620-9004, shopthreebirdsboutique.com This stylish boutique carries a variety of the hottest fashion trends for women of all ages and sizes.

Thymeless Treasures at The Colonial House

2893 U.S. Hwy. 22 E., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-895-6088 Find primitive decor, seasonal decor, boutique clothing and more!

Watson’s Office Supply & ShipCenter

224 W. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-5544, watsonsofficesupply.com Your one-stop shop for office supplies, office furniture, shipping and home décor.

Xiphos Armory

110 E. Market St., Ste. A, Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-620-9003, xiphosarmoryllc.com Your one-stop-shop for all things firearms. This local shop offers for gun repairs and customization, Cerakoting, gun sales, ammunition sales and FFL transfers.

photo courtesy of the fayette county cvb

s t n e v e e e s ust-


, orites v a f l a d. eason ’t be misse s o t s n air nts ca unty f e o v c e nty From e Cou t t e y Fa these

Fayette County Fair

Warm weather, blue skies and the Fayette County Fair! From July 18–23, watch the fairgrounds come alive with an abundance of activities. Hop on classic fair rides to enjoy a thrill, feast on your favorite fair foods or take part in arts and crafts. Be sure to catch a livestock show and walk the barns to see all the farm animals. Come on out and bring the family! All ages are welcome. fayette county visitors guide


Scarecrow Festival

Monthly Shop Hops – Main Street Fayette

Downtown Washington Court House Explore the local shops of downtown Washington Court House on the second Friday of every month.

Memorial Day Ceremony & Parade

May 30, Village of Jeffersonville Celebrate Memorial Day by taking in a patriotic parade, then stay for the Veteran’s Memorial Service to honor all who died protecting our county.

30th Annual Community Health Fair & Family Fun Day June 11, Grace Community Church, Washington Court House Enjoy activities fun for the entire family while also catching up on routine screenings and preventative care services.

Fayette County Toast to Summer & Hot Air Balloon Glow

June 25, Fayette County Airport Sample wines from Ohio wineries, shop from a variety of artisans, sample local food, visit the beer garden or take in live music, then stay for a hot air balloon glow after dusk.

Independence Day Fireworks Display

July 3, Washington Court House July 4, Jeffersonville See Fourth of July Fireworks at either the Fayette County Fairgrounds in Washington Court House or in Jeffersonville.

Fayette County Fair

July 18–23, Fayette County Fairgrounds Boasting an ever-expansive display of livestock, arts and crafts, rides and activities, there’s something for every member of the family.

Runway Run 5K

Aug. 6, Fayette County Airport Run (or walk) the airport runway for this unique annual 5K, hosted on the first Saturday in August.



Bloomingburg Community Days

August 13 Join the Bloomingburg community in August for food, music, raffles, a car show and more!

Farm to Fork

August 13 This fundraiser for the Fayette County Farm Bureau is hosted at a different local farm each year and raises money to support local nonprofits.

Art on the Square

Aug. 20, Downtown Washington Court House Show off your talent with a brush! Paint with your peers on large canvases and let your creativity run wild. Food trucks, vendors and music round out the event.

Scarecrow Festival

Sept. 16–18, Downtown Washington Court House Welcome autumn in style with live music and entertainment, food, amusement rides, games, craft vendors, classic cars, a cornhole tournament, a wine and beer garden and more. Runners, take part in the 5K or 10K to support United Way of Fayette County.

History Comes Alive in Washington Cemetery!

Oct. 15, Washington Cemetery Experience the historic Washington Cemetery like never before at night and hear thrilling stories from Washington Court House’s bygone days on a guided hayride tour.

Show of the Season

Nov. 19, Mahan Building/ Fayette County Fairgrounds Find one of the largest craft shows in southwest Ohio the third Saturday in November in Washington Court House.

Christmas Parade

Nov. 27 The Christmas spirit ignites in downtown Washington Court House the first Sunday after Thanksgiving with a giant Christmas-themed parade.

Downtown LIVE!

Dec. 10 Celebrate the holidays by strolling a decorated downtown Washington Court House. Enjoy the Kids’ Zone, live music, delicious foods and more.

photo by randall schieber

f ill your

plate No matter what you’re craving, Fayette County has the perfect mix of restaurants to satisfy you, from classic delis to welcoming pubs to international eateries. by nick dekker

fayette county visitors guide


Platform Coffee House

get caffeinated Keep yourself caffeinated while exploring Fayette County! The bright and airy Platform Coffee House features specialty drinks, baked goods and sandwiches, as well as carefully curated products from local vendors. Vinyl Coffee offers good eats and music to go with your vanilla lattes. Order an espresso with your breakfast BLT or chipotle turkey sandwich, and settle in. Orion Coffee and Tea roasts its own beans in Springfield and features three shops across the region; visit them for specialty coffees and teas, plus brewing equipment. In addition to hot and iced coffees, Two Scoops of Sugar dishes up cupcakes, brownies, muffins, cookies and other specialties.

The Rusty Keg Tavern

Outside the Box

Save Room for Dessert! 10


Capuana’s Courtview Delicatessen indeed sits right across the street from the iconic Fayette County Courthouse. The hardworking team there produces giant subs, salads, breakfasts and even desserts. Ohayo Hibachi Grill lets you build your own hibachi bowls, loaded with everything you could want, from chicken and shrimp to lobster and filet mignon. And don’t miss out on the sushi! The Rusty Keg Tavern is a friendly and welcoming establishment that offers plenty of draft beer and stick-to-your-ribs fare like fried ravioli, reubens, fried perch, French dip — you name it! Start with a margarita and a basket of chips at El Cañon Mexican Restaurant, then move on to tacos and sizzling fajitas and finish with flan or fried ice cream. Our Place Restaurant offers you all the culinary comforts of home with their scratchmade menu that ranges from meatloaf to turkey with mashed potatoes to country fried steak. The Willow is a top pick in the area for family dining, known for their friendly servers and homemade meals like baked steak and chicken and noodles. Be sure to save some room for the homemade pie!

Looking for a decadent treat? Plan a stop for dessert! Whit’s Frozen Custard is an Ohio favorite, the spot for rich chocolate and vanilla custard made fresh every day. Go with the classic flavors or try the flavor of the week. Country Cakes and Bakes is the quintessential small-town bakery, churning out craveable cinnamon rolls, cookies, cheesecakes and more stunning creations. Atkinson’s Bakery is an adorable corner shop known for freshly made donuts, pastries, cookies and specialty breads.

photos by fayette county cvb


The Main Street Fayette Downtown Business Association (MSF) is a nonprofit organization that produces free family-friendly entertainment, signature events, community celebrations and business promotions to bring economic small business growth to downtown Washington Court House.

Shop Hop Events

Visit Downtown Washington Court House the second weekend of every month for Friday Shop Hops & Second Saturday events!

January 7 & 8 th th February 11 & 12 March 11th & 12th th th April 8 & 9 th th May 13 & 14 th th June 10 &11 July 8th & 9th th th August 12 & 13 th th September 9 & 10 th October 8 (2pm-6pm) th th November 11 & 12 th

Streetside 62 Bistro

Streetside 62 Bistro features farm-to-table dining, drawing on local ingredients whenever possible to create an eclectic and appetizing menu of calzones, wings, salads and hot subs. Ranchers Roast Beef may seem like fast food, but it’s a small, family-run eatery that’s been open since 1979. Generations of customers have loved their towering roast beef sandwiches, BLTs, subs and sides. Visit Prime Meats & Deli to stock up on the best steaks, bacon, ground beef, sausages, as well cheese, pasta salads and lunch meats. They also whip up sandwiches and other hot meals. You won’t leave hungry from Outside the Box Café, dishing out hearty and homemade meals: fried chicken, baked potatoes, fish, meatloaf and pork chops. While you’re exploring Washington Court House, refresh yourself with a glass of wine and a panini on the Salty Broads Patio!


Winter Wonderland Valentine's Day St. Patrick's Day Sip-N-Shop Downtown Dog Days 60's theme/Car Show Truck Meet/Show Music on Main Scarecrow Trick or Treat Kick Off The Holidays

MSF Signature Event 12/10/22

Downtown LIVE!


www.mainstreetfayette.com Email MSF

Scan QR Code


Board Members




TREASURER Vanessa Blevins

Kathy Patterson, Mark Wilson & Sierra Chambers

photos by laura watilo blake, whit’s frozen custard, tasha braniff photography

fayette county visitors guide


El Dorado

827 E. Market St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-333-4637 Offering some of the best country cooking in Fayette County with delicious made-to-order home-cooked meals.

Game On Pizza

10 S. Main St., Jeffersonville, OH 43128 740-488-7032 This charming, eclectic café serves up a variety of farm-to-table dishes located in downtown Jeffersonville.

202 E. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-313-7265 Give your taste buds a treat with a slice of pizza, calzone, wings or salad. This pizza shop is located in Game On Arcade and offers dine in or carryout.

Hippie HotDog

210 S. Elm St. Washington Court House, OH 43160 Serving you with a smile, love and good food.

Horney’s BBQ

1270 U.S. Hwy. 22 N.W., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-4012 Enjoy the slow, crafted smoking process that Horney’s Barbeque is famous for. Pulled pork, ribs, wings and savory sides are on the menu. It’s the perfect place to bring the family for lunch or dinner.

Jack’s Burgers Prime Meats & Deli

Center Pizza

23 Fayette Center, Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-3944 Give in to your cravings with pizza, wings, salads and subs from this local favorite pizza shop.

Champions Grill at The Greens Golf Course


around the county

Amore’ Pizzeria

1428 U.S. Hwy. 22 N.W., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-2891 This family-oriented pizza shop serves up pizza, subs, salads, wings and more. Located inside LeElla Lanes.

Capuana’s Courtview Delicatessen

149 N. Main St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-895-6261 Recognizable by its green and white awning, Capuana’s Courtview Deli is your go-to stop for all things deli-related, and then some.



703 Highland Ave. Washington Court House, OH 43160 Grab a bite to celebrate after playing the greens.

Don & Marty’s Corner Pizza & Carryout

1 S. Main St., Jeffersonville, OH 43128 740-426-8839 Dine-in or carry-out pizza pies! This family-owned and operated business is known for their pizza, salads and subs.

El Cañon

1381 Leesburg Ave., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-620-4018 Enjoy delicious traditional, Mexican dishes. Treat your family to a flavorful, filling meal.

Our Place Restaurant

220 Washington Sq., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-2099, eldoradowoh.com Find traditional Mexican food and drinks at El Dorado. The relaxed atmosphere and fantastic services make it a great gathering spot with friends and family.

1619 St. Rte. 22 N.E., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-406-4525 Jack’s focuses on serving the best burgers around. Every burger is made from fresh, never frozen Angus Beef. Stop in for delicious burgers and fries.

Jones Farm Market

4693 Old U.S. 35 S.E., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-600-5813 Your one-stop-shop for fresh produce, meats, eggs and more.

Ohayo Hibachi Grill

240 E. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-333-6017 Ohayo Hibachi Grill offers authentic hibachi food and delicious sushi in downtown Washington Court House.

One More Sports Bar & Grill

2462 Old U.S. Hwy. 35 N.W., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-313-7015, onemoresportsbar.com Located right outside of Washington Court House, this bar and grill offers tasty subs and pizza, cocktails and cold beer.

Outside the Box Café

Prime Meats & Deli

240 W. East St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-1724 This shop offers a variety of fresh meats and deli items, including daily lunch specials.

Ranchers Roast Beef

501 S. Elm St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-3454, ranchersroastbeef.com Serving up the best roast beef sandwich in the area since 1979, this family-owned restaurant is a local favorite.

Roosters Wings

120 Crossings Dr., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-620-9743, roosterswings.com Relax with your family and friends and enjoy fresh, never frozen wings and more at this award-winning fun, casual joint.

Salty Broads Patio

216 Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-206-8918 Relax in an outdoor space and enjoy historic downtown while sipping wine and craft beer.

Streetside 62 Bistro

2007 Columbus Ave., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-6262, streetside62bistro.com This farm-to-table restaurant sources local ingredients for dishes such as salads, burgers and pizza.

Super Sports Pizza & Wings

149 N. Main St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-333-7080 This family-friendly pizza shop is dedicated to serving high quality pizza, salads and subs made with only the freshest ingredients.

photo by laura watilo blake

The Rusty Keg

Country Cakes & Bakes

The Willow

Nutrition Fix of Court House.

1801 Columbus Ave., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-4534, rustykeg.com This family-friendly tavern offers a casual atmosphere and a menu with fresh burgers, wings, subs, pizza, salads and homemade desserts. 203 Glenn Ave., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-1468, thewillowrestaurant.com Enjoy prompt service and firstclass ingredients in sandwiches, seafood, chicken and noodles or homemade pies at this familyfriendly restaurant.

Village Pump Pizza

14 S. Main St., Jeffersonville, OH 43128 740-426-9236 Enjoy pizza, subs, wings and more.


Atkinson’s Bakery

210 W. Elm St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-3021 Sweeten up your day with fresh donuts, cookies, pastries, cream bread and more.

409 W. Front St., New Holland, OH 43145 740-497-6370, countrycakesandbakes.com Satisfy your sweet tooth with made-from-scratch pastries, cookies, cheesecake, brownies and more. 118 W. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 Healthy options on the go. Grab a protein shake, energizing teas, protein coffee or post-work out shakes.

Two Scoops of Sugar

505 S. Elm St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-572-1490, twoscoopsofsugar.com Relax with an espresso and a cinnamon roll at this bakery that also offers cakes, pies, pastries and more to order.

Whit’s Frozen Custard

401 S. Elm St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-620-9621 Scoop up the flavor of the week or treat yourself to a quart to go.

Two Scoops Of Sugar


Etherium Coffee & Kitchen

Platform Coffee

8465 Factory Shops Blvd., Jeffersonville, OH 43128 This local shop offers fresh food, specialty drinks, housemade baked treats and etherial energy. Located at Destination Outlets.

138 S. Fayette St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-206-9694, platformcoffeehouse.com A place for locals, travelers and coffee lovers to find common ground.

Orion Coffee & Tea

Vinyl Coffee

407 S. Elm St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 orioncoffeeandtea.com This specialty coffee company offers fresh roasted coffee and loose leaf teas.

143 N. Main St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 vinylcoffee.co The heart of Vinyl Coffee is to provide a space that serves quality coffee and eats, cultivates community through conversation and care, and provides an environment that is a home to all.

505 S Elm St, washington ch, oh 43160

740-606-2788 | www.twoscoopsofsugar.com

photo by two scoops of sugar

fayette county visitors guide


community spotlight:

Robin Beekman BY LINDA FEAGLER As owner of Robin’s Nest Flowers & Gifts in Jeffersonville, Robin Beekman guides her customers through life’s peaks and valleys, from celebrating joyous occasions with the perfect petals to commemorating a final goodbye with a distinctive funeral arrangement. But farming is clearly the Fayette County resident’s passion. She and her husband, Gary, farm 1,500 acres of beans and corn at their Bloomingburg homestead. As a child, she helped her father Charles Cunningham in his work at the Dr. Heinz Company feed mill. “Farmers raise the food to feed America,” she says, “and we’re proud of it.” Beekman’s dedication to farming and the initiatives she’s involved with have not gone unnoticed. In 2020, she became the first woman inducted into the Fayette County Agricultural Hall of Fame. Launched in 2001, the Ag Hall of Fame recognizes and honors those who have made outstanding contributions to farming or an agriculturally related field. Beekman’s talents encompass a variety of endeavors. She’s served as a member of the Fayette County Farm Bureau’s board of directors; has conducted leadership and training meetings with local and state farm bureau organizations; and can be found lending a hand serving cookies and apple cider during harvest time. Beekman is also a proud recipient of the organization’s 35-year service award. At Jeffersonville United Methodist Church, she serves on the mission committee and collects school supplies for area children. “Robin is very selfless in everything she does,”



Robin’s Nest Flowers & Gifts

Robin is very selfless in everything she does. — Ken Ford, Agricultural Educator, The Ohio State University

says Ken Ford, agricultural educator for the Ohio State University Extension in Fayette County. “She loves the county, would do anything that would benefit agriculture here and has never wavered in her devotion to the Farm Bureau. To own her own business and be involved in as many activities as she is, is a tremendous accomplishment.” “Sometimes,” he adds with a smile, “I wonder when she has time to sleep.”

photo by matthew allen

the wonder of

wandering Whether you’re looking for an action-packed day outdoors or some reflective time in nature, the many parks of Fayette County have you covered. by ann fazzini

Eyman Park


Deer Creek State Park

ave trouble sitting still? Deer Creek State Park will keep you on your toes. In addition to hiking and bridle trails, disc golf and the 18-hole golf course, the park’s lake offers swimming, fishing, boating and — in the colder months — ice fishing. Anglers will also love casting a line at Washington Park in Washington Court House — look for special fishing derby events during the summer. From here, take the 1.4-mile walking loop that connects to Eyman Park, where you’ll find a playground and restored 1940s-era train that kids will love. Just across town at Christman Memorial Park, bikers, walkers and joggers can traverse a 4-mile path

photos by justin harris, city of washington court house, @greensking

Buckeye Hills Country Club

and enjoy plenty of greenspace. Bring your best canine friend: there’s also an off-leash play area for pups. Birdwatchers and wildlife lovers: don’t miss Shaw Wetland, which features a vernal pool that attracts frogs, toads and other pond-loving creatures. Stroll the boardwalk through the wetland and keep your eyes peeled for waterbirds, shorebirds and more. Those looking to book some tee time can tackle the gently rolling slopes of the Buckeye Hills Country Club, the beautiful-but-challenging Deer Creek State Park Golf Course or the manicured 9-hole course at The Greens of Fayette County Park District. fayette county visitors guide


Blazing Trails There’s no better way to enjoy a sampling of Fayette County’s landscape than by taking a bike ride or jog on the Paint Creek Recreational Trail, a paved path created on a long-abandoned B&O Railroad line. The 34.8-mile trail kicks off in Washington Court House and meanders through wide-open spaces, quaint and scenic farmlands, shady wooded areas and small towns that make for perfect pit stops. Along the way, look for a covered bridge over Shepard’s Run and end your ride in Chillicothe with a visit to the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, where early American Indians made their home some 2,000 years ago.



Cache In!

Part hiking adventure, part puzzle-solving brainteaser, part treasure hunt, geocaching is a hot hobby and a whole new way to experience the nature and history of Fayette County. Explore hidden gems around the county, look for clues and find hidden caches in parks, near historical sites and around other public areas. To get started, grab a GPS device or use a GPS feature on a smartphone, then go to visitfayco.com/things-to-do and click “Geocaching.” We’ll send you coordinates and clues to 13 historic spots around the county and all the information you’ll need for a fun family adventure.

Fayette County Museum

Deer Creek State Park


around the county

Buckeye Hills Country Club 7261 Limes Rd., Greenfield, OH 45123 937-981-4136, buckeyehillsgolf.com Tee off at Buckeye Hills Country Club, a lovely 18 hole course with sand traps and ponds.

Christman Park

1185-1217 Elm St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 Find outdoor fun at this community park offering basketball courts, playground area, shelter house, walking trails and bicycle trails. Bring your four-legged friend along to run and play in the enclosed off-leash dog park.

photo by fayette county historical society

20635 State Park Rd. 20, Mount Sterling, OH 43143 740-869-3124, deercreekparklodge.com This 2,337-acre park offers a large lake with fishing, boating and swimming. Eight hiking trails with an additional two bridle trails are available. A modern campground, cabins and lodge provide overnight accommodations.

Eyman Park

140 E. Eyman Park Dr., Washington Court House, OH 43160 Head to Eyman Park for horseshoes, skateboarding, basketball and a stocked lake for public fishing.

Fayette County Farmer’s Market

101 E. East St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-606-3467, fayettecountyfarmers market.wordpress.com This farmers market sells locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as local honey, eggs, meats, bakery items and flowers direct from vendors.

Fayette County Museum

517 Columbus Ave., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-2953 Explore the checkered history of Fayette County and Washington Court House at the Fayette County Museum. The 143-year-old houseturned-museum, built in 1875 by Morris Sharp, features 14 rooms showcasing pieces and artifacts from the county’s history. Tour the museum by appointment during the months of April–September on Saturdays 1–4 p.m. or Sundays by first come, first serve bases.

Game on Arcade

202 E. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-313-7265 Dig into pizza and wings as you play nearly 25 old school arcade games.


740-335-2953 Who doesn’t love a good treasure hunt? Following a map, searching for clues and discovering “treasure” is exciting stuff for any age! The Fayette County History Geotrail takes geocachers on a hunt for 13 caches placed throughout the county that all have a historical significance. To get started, download the free geocaching app on your smart device. Complete the trail, fill out the passport and submit it to Fayette County Historical Society to receive a commemorative coin.

Historical Markers Driving Tour visitfayco.com/things-to-do The vibrant and rich history of Fayette County comes alive through a driving tour of Historical Markers. Explore all nine Ohio Historical Society Historical Markers in Fayette County that commemorate specific sites, events and people. Courtesy of the Fayette County Historical Society.

fayette county visitors guide


Jeffersonville Area Veterans Memorial Park

This memorial is located in downtown Jeffersonville and lists the names of 1,140 local veterans starting with the Revolutionary War through current day.

Jeffersonville Pool

42 Colonial Dr., Jeffersonville, OH 43128 740-426-6873 Cool off from the hot summer sun at the Jeffersonville Pool, open Memorial Day weekend through the start of school. Seasonal passes and private parties are available.

Roller Haven Fun Center

1640 U.S. Rte. 22 N.W., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-6481, rollerhavenfuncenter.com Boogie down on four wheels per foot at this roller skating rink perfect for events such as birthday parties.

The Greens of Fayette County Park District 703 Highland Ave., Washington Court House, OH 43160 Play nine holes of outstanding golf on this course.

Veterans Memorial Park

1428 U.S. Rte. 22 N.W., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-2580, leellalanes.com This family-owned bowling alley offers open bowling, leagues and private parties, while its Amore’ Pizzeria serves up pizza, subs and more.

This small downtown Washington Court House park offers benches, a veterans’ memorial, flowers during the summer and festive decorations for the holidays. Featuring an original Harry Ahysen mural called “Many Things Are Centered Here” depicting the old train depot and the County Court House.

Paint Creek Recreation Trail

White Fence Gallery

Le Ella Lanes

2820 Robinson Rd., Washington Court House, OH 43160 tricountytriangletrail.org Enjoy the great outdoors on this 32-mile paved trail connecting Fayette, Ross and Highland counties. Bridges and wildlife abound.

137 E. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 Find classes, workshops and community events based on painting, photography, jewelry and more, all geared towards creativity and arts.

Jeffersonville Area Veterans Memorial Park

Fayette County

FARMERS MARKET 24 Hour Access! No Joining Fee No Contract

When you join the Y, you’re committing to more than simply becoming healthier. You are supporting the


values and programs that strengthen your community.

Visit us at

For more than a workout. For a better us.

Faycoymca.org 7403350477

PRODUCTS RANGE FROM: • Vegetables and Fruits • Local Eggs & Meats • Honey, Jams & Jellies

• Herbs, Plants & Flowers • Home Baked Goods • Unique Crafts & More

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact: David Persinger, Market Manager Phone: 740-606-3467 Email: faycofarmersmkt@sbcglobal.net



photo by the sculpture center


Downtown Washington Court House

season by the

Each season brings with it an opportunity to explore the ever-evolving natural beauty and unforgettable experiences found in Fayette County. No matter what weather the seasons bring, we have activities that will get your blood pumping and can’t-miss events that hit the right chord. by laura watilo blake photo by joe guard photography

Fayette County gets in the spirit with holiday events, such as the annual Christmas parade in Washington Court House. Kids jockey for a glimpse of Santa, who brings up the rear of the parade line atop a red fire truck to wish you a merry Christmas. Downtown Live is another signature event, where window shopping takes on a whole new meaning. Live mannequins come to life and entertain the crowds as they browse for Christmas gifts. There’s also live music, carolers, a Kids Zone with rides and bounce houses, and even a scavenger hunt that yields some enviable prizes. When being outside just isn’t an option, try lacing up some skates and getting your blood pumping at Roller Haven Fun Center, which has been on a roll since 1948. Go bowling at LeElla Lanes, where you can chow down on pizza while you wait your turn to knock down some pins. Or, if you prefer the arts to sports, let the talented instructors at White Fence Gallery bring out your inner artist. At the end of class, you can take home a masterpiece that’s all your own.


Once winter’s mantle lifts, migratory birds arrive on the wind, passing through to breeding grounds in Canada. Bring your binoculars to witness the birds’ migration in places like Shaw Wetlands, the cedar grove of Madison Mills Cemetery and Deer Creek Wildlife Area. Geocaching is another fun way to get the family outside. The Fayette County Historical Trail has stashed away 13 geocaches,

fayette county visitors guide


each pertaining to historically significant people, places and events. Seek them all out while uncovering the area lore, such as how Cry Baby Bridge got its name and who has a genealogical connection to Barack Obama. Find all the caches to win a commemorative coin. Washington Court House beckons come rain or shine. Browse for treasure in the town’s many antique and home décor shops. Start on East Court Street and wrap up on Hinde Street at North Shore Primitives & Antiques, located in a big red barn. Along the way, you’ll uncover one-of-a-kind items and rare collectibles you didn’t know you needed, but can’t live without. Whether it’s your first time or you’re reliving the golden age of arcade gaming, Game On Arcade is the place to play classic video games, such as Donkey Kong and Pac-Man. Better yet, the old-school fun comes with retro pricing.


Eyman Park Splash Pad

As the days heat up, the Jeffersonville Pool becomes the place to meet up with friends and take a flying leap into the cool blue water. The pool hosts several community parties and even stays open late during the Fourth of July. A new splash pad at Eyman Park offers more spray play, not to mention fishing in the trout-stocked ponds and a paved trail for walking or biking. For those looking to go the distance, the Paint Creek Recreational Trail connects Washington Court House with Frankfort and Chillicothe on 34.8 miles of a former railbed. The county hosts several events in the summer that attract a crowd. The Toast to Summer & Hot Air Balloon Glow in late June makes the Fayette County Airport buzz all day (and not just from the Ohio wine) with biplane rides and live music. Then, as the sun sinks over the horizon, hot air balloons light up the night sky like giant colorful light bulbs. In late July, the week-long Fayette County Fair elicits playful screams from ride-goers, while the unforgettable aroma of fried fair food fills the air. The packed schedule includes a rodeo, harness racing, a stock truck and tractor pull and demolition derby.


In autumn, trees bursting with shades of amber, orange and crimson hem Fayette County’s patchwork landscape, to the delight of leaf peepers. Immerse yourself in the fall color along the Paint Creek Recreational Trail, driving through Deer Creek State Park or while following the Historical Markers Driving Tour created by the Fayette County Historical Society. Time your visit right by checking the weekly fall foliage updates posted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources at fallcolor.ohiodnr.gov. The fall event season kicks off the third weekend in September when the Scarecrow Festival takes over downtown Washington Court House. The three-day event includes family friendly amusements, rides and entertainment from a stellar lineup of musical acts. In October, take a moonlit hayride to the Washington Cemetery, where some of the permanent residents resurrect to recount the stories of their lives. The following



Paint Creek Recreation Trail

month, creators from across the state gather to sell their handmade goods during the Show of the Season at the Fayette County Fairgrounds. As one of the largest craft shows in Southwest Ohio, it’s also a great place to shop for handmade holiday gifts.

photos by fayette county cvb, laura watilo blake

y r o t s i h n o t h g i l h hig

ach orradi be by ruth c

Fayette County Courthouse


photo by randall schieber

ayette County is rich with history – even its name has a connection to a historical figure. Marquis de Lafayette was a French general who helped the colonists during the Revolutionary War. Local veterans of that same war are honored at Jeffersonville Area Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Jeffersonville. This contemplative,

dramatic black-slab memorial lists the names of 1,140 local veterans up through the current day. Another point of great pride in the area is Bloomingburg Presbyterian Church. It was founded in 1818 (the present building was built in 1847), and was the center of abolition and Underground Railroad fayette county visitors guide


B&O Railroad

Eyman Park

activities in the area. It was aided by the local African American community members including Joseph Stillgess, a “conductor” who helped transport Freedom Seekers in a spring wagon. A literal railroad once ran through the county as well – the B&O line (Baltimore and Ohio). In 1960, local attorney Richard Rankin decided that since the B&O railroad was so important to the county, he wanted to bring a B&O engine back to the area to put on display in 1960. “A B&O locomotive was requested, but none were available,” Bob Russell, who serves on the board of directors at the Fayette County Historical Society, explains. “But C&O [Chesapeake and Ohio] responded that they had surplus locomotives available, and on September 4, 1960, that engine and tender [storage and supply car] arrived.” They were put on display in Washington Court House’s Eyman Park, which is named for Jesse Eyman, an area farmer in the county’s early years.

Looking for more history? Download the Historical Markers Driving Tour at visitfayco.com/things-to-do to find all nine markers in Fayette County.


MIAMI TRACE LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 3818 State Route 41 NW Washington C. H., OH 43160 740.335.3010 • F 740.333.2479



photos by shawn vermillion, fayette county cvb

Washington Court House was also where, in the late 1800s, Granville T. Woods invented the inductor telegraph, which revolutionized the rail industry by identifying the location of trains, improving scheduling and decreasing railway deaths. A historical marker in honor of Woods, known at the time as “The Black Edison,” stands in the park. After a B&O caboose was added in 1982 and a fence in 2010, Russell says, “the Railroad Preservation Society of Fayette County was formed. They restored [the grouping], replaced parts, manufactured parts and decorate it

at the holidays.” A signalman’s shanty was added, a small wooden building that previously stood at a crossing on Court Street. The signalman would step out and hold up a stop sign to warn traffic when a train was approaching. Visitors can see the actual stop sign at the Fayette County Historical Museum in Washington Court House. The museum is the Morris Sharp mansion, built in 1875 by a local farmer and banker and presently operated by an allvolunteer, 14-member Board of Trustees. Be sure to explore the museum for even more Fayette County history.

Fayette County Historical Museum

Bloomingburg Presbyterian Church: 27 Wayne St., Bloomingburg, 43106, 740-437-7138

Hit the Road

Jeffersonville Area Veterans Memorial Park: 29 S. Main St., Jeffersonville, 43128 Eyman Park: 221 Eyman Park Dr., Washington Court House, 43160 Fayette County Museum: 517 Columbus Ave., Washington Court House, 43160, 740-335-2953, fayette-co-oh.com

543 Clinton Avenue Washington Court House 740.335.3771 fsb4me.com photo by fayette county historical society

Member FDIC

HealthSource Washington Court House Family Practice • Accepting new patients of all ages • We accept most insurance plans • Regional and National award recipients for Quality Health Care

312 Highland Avenue • 740.335.8608 www.healthsourceofohio.org fayette county visitors guide



find your

Use the plots to chart your own course through Fayette County.


49 miles to Dayton

182 miles to Clevela nd


40 miles to Colu mbus 207


Jeffersonville 734




10 71 729



1 7 Octa 8



Mill e dge v ille

77 miles to Cincinnati





area parks



New Holland




fayette county airport

Deer Creek State Park



Washington Court House


18 miles to Chillicothe

Fayette County Museum Jeffersonville Area Veterans Memorial Park 753

Paint Creek Rec Trail trailhead

Good Hope

Adena Fayette Medical Center Destination Outlets



miles 41 62




+ lodging around the county 1

Baymont by Wyndham

11431 Allen Rd., Jeffersonville, OH 43128 740-948-2104, wyndhamhotels.com/baymont 2

Deer Creek Lodge & Conference Center

22300 State Park Rd. 20, Mt. Sterling, OH 43143 740-869-2020, deercreekparklodge.com 6

Econo Lodge

9060 W. Lancaster Rd., Jeffersonville, OH 43128 740-948-2332, choicehotels.com/oh393 7

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott

11349 Allen Rd., Jeffersonville, OH 43128 740-948-9305, marriott.com/dayjv 8

Hampton Inn

11484 Allen Rd., Jeffersonville, OH 43128 740-948-9499, hilton.com/en/hotels/wchohhx 9



business center


pet friendly




55 rooms 15 suites





Holiday Inn Express

101 Court House Pkwy., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-9310, ihg.com/holidayinnexpress 10

fitness room


Country Hearth Inn & Suites

1810 Victoria St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-333-4478, stayinns.com 5



City Hotel

1524 Washington Ave., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-3530 4

complimentary breakfast

Blue Stone Inn

1809 Columbus Ave., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-9133 3

# of rooms

Quality Inn

10160 Carr Rd., Jeffersonville, OH 43128 740-426-6400, choicehotels.com/oh359

Deer Creek State Park

Fayette County Courthouse

photos by deer creek state park, randall schieber

fayette county visitors guide


Destination Outlets Jeffersonville

8000 Factory Shops Blvd. Jeffersonville, Ohio 43128 www.destinationoutlets.com EXCITED? Get updates:


Desination Outlets