On November 2, National Ohio Day recognizes the 17th state to join the United States known as the Buckeye State, the Mother of Modern Presidents, and the first state to enter the country from the Northwest Territory.

Elaborate and pre-historic remains of a civilization who created mounds can still be found in parts of Ohio. By the time Europeans began to arrive on the continent, Ohio was primarily populated by Kickapoo, Erie and Shawnee.

This Great Lakes State’s northern border includes 312 miles of Lake Erie shoreline. For Ohioans, that’s both an economic and recreational boon. It’s also a natural resource. As the 12th largest lake in the world, the consumable food and water it provides are invaluable.

From the icy blue lakes to crystal clear sky, Ohio has been known to look to the clouds. Whether we recall the Wright Brothers for getting us there, the pilots who went there, seek out observatories to look deeper, and of course, the astronauts go where few have gone before, Ohio keeps our heads in the clouds!

From the cities to the countryside, Ohio feeds the eyes and the stomach. Curiosity seekers and adventurers alike will find their place. History buffs and collectors, it’s all here.

Official Ohio

State Capital – Columbus
State Nickname – The Buckeye State;
Birthplace of Aviation; The Heart of It All
State Motto – With God, all things are possible
State Bird – Cardinal
State Flower – scarlet carnation
State Animal – white-tailed deer
State Fruit – Tomato, Pawpaw
State Beverage – Tomato juice
State Fossil – Isotelus maximus trilobite
State Tree – Ohio buckeye
State Song – Beautiful Ohio, Hang On Sloopy
State Gemstone – Ohio flint
State Insect – Ladybug

Ohio Flavors

Melrose Apple
Buckeyes
Barberton Chicken
Goetta
Cheese Coney hot dog
Shaker Lemon Pie
Polish Boy
Shredded Chicken Sandwhich
Cincinnati Chili
Baby Swiss cheese
The Thurmanator Burger

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Nature, Art, History

PARKS
For a complete list of Ohio State and National Parks & Historic Sites visit www.parks.ohiodnr.gov and www.nps.gov.  Check out a few of the featured sites around the state below. 

First Ladies – Canton

Dayton Aviation Heritage – Dayton

Buckeye Lake – Millersport

Delaware State Park – Delaware

Independence Dam – Defiance

Marblehead Lighthouse – Marblehead

Mohican State Park – Loudonville

MUSEUMS

Pro Football Hall of Fame – Canton

Toledo Art Museum – Toledo

Cleveland Museum of Natural History – Cleveland

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame– Cleveland

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery – Dayton

Armstrong Air and Space Museum – Wapakoneta

Warren Rupp Observatory – Bellville

Motorcycle Hall of Fame – Pinkerton

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center – Cincinnati

Ohio History Center – Columbus


Hidden Treasures

American Sign Museum, Cincinnati

The Great Serpent Mound, Hillsboro

A Christmas Story House and Museum, Cleveland

Topiary Park, Columbus

West Side Market, Cleveland

Loveland Castle, Loveland


Notable People

Tecumseh – American Chief – (March 1768 – October 5, 1813)



George Custer – Officer – (December 5, 1839 – June 25, 1876)



Cy Young – Baseball Player – (March 29, 1867 – November 4, 1955)



Annie Oakley – Sharpshooter – (August 13, 1860 – November 3, 1926)



Orville Wright – Inventor – (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948)




Thomas Edison – Inventor – (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931)




William Howard Taft (1857-1930)



Eddie Rickenbacker – Racecar driver – (October 8, 1890 – July 23, 1973)




Geraldine Mock- Aviator- (November 22, 1925 – September 30, 2014)

Geraldine Mock- Aviator

James Lovell – Astronaut – (March 25, 1928 – )




Toni Morrison – Novelist – (February 18, 1931 )



Gloria Steinem – Activist – (March 25, 1934 – )




George Carruthers – Scientist – (October 1, 1939 – )

George Carruthers
George Carruthers



Steven Spielberg – Director (December 18, 1946 -)


For more by Steven Spielberg check out the Folimography link here.