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Floodwall Murals
Address: Front St. Portsmouth
One Hour Tour. $2.00 per person. Walking Guides/Step-On Guides Available.

Almost 10 years ago, a committee was formed to begin a project that would take a 20 foot floodwall that protected its city from the Ohio River and transform it into 2,200 feet of magnificent art! Internationally renown artist, Robert Dafford completed the 52 murals in October of 2002. Each mural tells the story of the history of Ohio and its people - beginning in the year 1730 and ending in 2002.

Southern Ohio Museum
Address: 825 Gallia Street
One Hour Tour. $2.00 per person. Tour Guides Available.
Hours: Tues. - Sat.10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Southern Ohio Museum, located in the heart of downtown Portsmouth, presents a ten month schedule of changing exhibitions ranging from the fine art to history, science and the humanities. Housed in the former Security Central National Bank building that was constructed in 1918, the elegantly remodeled museum has served as a center for cultural activities of all kinds since 1979.

Also available: "River Voices", documentary on the 1937 Flood, by Award Winning SSU Professor, Dr. John Lorentz. $2.00/person.

Boneyfiddle Historic District
Address: Second & Market
Hours: Mon. - Sat. 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Tour Guides Available
The century-old buildings in our Boneyfiddle District are filled with antique and specialty shops. Visitors can take a step back in time in these buildings and enjoy shopping for special treasures or having lunch in a cafe. To mention a few...

  • Market Street Hardware & Toy Town: Year Round Christmas Shop, art supplies, collectable toys & trains
  • Different Daisy / Journey Within Bookstore
  • Ghosts In The Attic
  • B Sweet Chocolatie
  • The Flower Shoppe
  • Diane's Divine Design
  • Aubrey's Saltbox
  • Boneyfiddle Home & Garden Shop
  • Remember When
  • Lil's Quilt Shop
  • Primitive Corner
  • Mr. Binn's Antique Store

Clark Planetarium
Address: 940 Second St.
One Hour Tour
$100.00 Flat Fee
Hours: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Mon. - Sat.

Located inside the Advanced Technology Center, the Clark Planetarium is a large room with 66 seats under a domed projection screen. The key piece of equipment in the planetarium is the Digistar II Projection System. Digistar II is the state of the art in calligraphic planetarium projection systems. The Clark Planetarium is privileged to be among the worlds most advanced planetariums that utilize a Digistar II projector. Not only does this system project a realistic view of the nighttime sky; it can also project rendered images of buildings, spacecraft, and much more. A computer automation system controls all of the devices in the planetarium making each program a multimedia experience of sight and sound.

The 1810 House Museum
Address: 1926 Waller Street
One Hour Tour. $2.00 per person.
Limited to 25 people per tour
Hours: Mon. - Sat. 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Tour by Appointment Only 740.776.3420

Every aspect of pioneer living can be found in the homestead of Aaron and Mary Kinney and their descendants in Portsmouth, Ohio in what is now called the 1810 House. Visitors come in close contact with the past by walking through an actual home where residents lived for decades instead of looking through glass panes and roped-off areas. Eight rooms show the various 19th and 20th century style of home furnishings, clothing & housewares.

Bonnefiddle Military Museum
Address: 425 Front St.
One Hour Tour. $2.00 per person.
Hours: Sat. & Sun. 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Tour Groups Welcome by appt.

The Boneyfiddle Military Museum contains displays of military uniforms, equipment, awards and numerous other artifacts of our country's military endeavors. The museum is dedicated to honor all our veterans and military service persons that have helped to preserve the freedom of this country.

Philip Moore Stone House
Address: West Portsmouth
$2.00 per person.
Tour Groups Welcome by appt. 740-353-1116

The Philip Moore, Jr. Stone House opens its door to many visitors each year who want a glimpse of home life in one of southern Ohio's few primitive homes remaining intact. "The house was originally a meeting place for itinerant Methodist ministers,". "Philip Moore came down the Ohio River on a flat boat from Allentown, PA. He began building the home in 1797. Moore was a husband and father of four, as well as a Revolutionary War veteran. His Pennsylvania heritage shows in the design of the home, which includes 'keystone' construction over windows and doors. These inverted stones are commonly part of a 'Pennsylvania Stone House.'" The house's appearance prompts curious looks from visitors before they even cross the threshold, as the various hues of weathered sandstone rise above the front walkway. The ancient blocks were carved from a ledge of rock only a stone's throw away and still bring administration more than two hundred years after they were laid.

Shawnee State Resort and Park.
Address: St. Rt. 125, 9 miles east of Portsmouth.
740.858.6621 (resort)
740.858.6681 (tee Times)

Ohio's Largest State Park - 63,000 acres. Buffet Style Lunch of Chicken or Pasta. Nestled in the hills and hollows of the 63,000-acre Shawnee forest, you will find Shawnee Resort & Conference Center. There are 65 miles of adjacent hiking trails, ideal for avid hikers or photographers looking to capture wildlife and wildflowers on film. Shawnee Resort & Conference Center features a cedar and flagstone lodge with 50 rooms, 25 two bedroom cottages, the O-Hee-Yuh Restaurant cocktail lounge and gift shop. Spend an afternoon in in a paddle boat on the lake, horseback riding or strolling through one of the 65 hiking trails.

Vern Riffe Center For The Arts.
Address: 940 Second St.

The Vern Riffe Center For The Arts is located on the campus of Shawnee State University. The VRFCA has featured some of the biggest names in Broadway theater, jazz, big band, dance, dramatic arts, folk and pop music. Art studios, comprising some 29 rooms with dramatic natural and artificial lighting, fill most of the east wing of the building. Call for scheduled shows, dates and times. Discounts are given for groups. The Vern Riffe Center has full service catering capabilites - From Roast Pork Loin to Stuffed Chicken Breasts. Call for a special group rate for Dinner & a Show!

Tourism Impact

The Portsmouth-Scioto County area is located in one of the most beautiful sections of Ohio. Located at the confluence of the Ohio and Scioto Rivers, and nestled in portions of Shawnee Forest, the traveler can hike to their hearts content, sit by the rivers edge and watch a spectacular sunset, visit or of our many businesses in the historic Bonyfiddle District or enjoy one of our many events.

Many travelers are looking to the quiet, easy going and memorable vacation. A variety of shops and local eateries to satisfy your entire group.

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