McConellsville Ohio

McConnelsville, OH Christmastime Charm

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My Town Destination: McConnelsville,  Morgan County OH

Trip Type: Day Trip 

Date of Visit: 12-11-17

Town Ambassador/Contact: Mr. John Walter Finley-Mayor-

Brief History:  

Settled in 1817 by Revolutionary War General Robert McConnel, McConnelsville was part of a booming age of small towns popping up on the Muskingum River as a result of the coal industry. Many towns along the river have since fallen into decline, but McConnelsville with many pieces of it past preserved, can still show you what small town life was like in the 1800’s. Visitors wishing to explore the history of the town can take a self-guided tour with 24 stops, maps can be obtained at the McConnelsville Visitor’s Center, the Morgan County Historical Society Museum and the Twin City Opera House.

Around Town Experience: 

When I first drove into McConnelsville, I was simply pleased with the small town feel and charm. The town was all dressed up for Christmas, and parts of it looked like scenes from an episode of Gilmore Girls- Idyllic.  The town square is the center of the small village commerce and civic business. After parking at a meter near the center of town, I took a brisk walk down to the Muskingum River, and on the way, I saw a long-established eatery called the Chatter Box  that seemed like a great local watering hole. Not only was the food good, but it also had a family-friendly atmosphere. If you go you must try their sausage potato soup. After lunch I continued exploring the downtown area and made a few purchases at an Amish-owned shop nearby that sold unique furniture and inspirational gifts. The last stop during my much too brief visit was to the Muskingum River State Park, where an old bridge now serves as some amazing falls for visitors and fisherman alike. The river provides great fishing spots for Large Mouth Bass, Crappie, Spotted Bass, and Channel Catfish to name a few, for more information check out the Morgan County Fishing Report.   If you are a history buff there are several great spots to explore in McConnelsville, especially if you wanted to make your visit into a weekend trip.

Experience Highlights:

Muskingum River State Park-

Twin City Opera House –

Chatter Box Tavern-

Blue Bell 50’s Diner-

Morgan County Dugeon-

Rock Hollow School –

Button House Museum-


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