THE OHIO HISTORICAL CENTER
Granville is an exquisite town, founded by New Englanders eager to create an environment that would help them feel at home. Broadway has fine architecture, perhaps most notably the Greek Revival masterpiece Avery-Downer House (open to the public), and a charming small-town ambience, plus good shops and cafés.
There are beautiful churches, including at least one in a proper “New England” mode. Two wonderful historic inns are available to use as a base for visiting central Ohio. Granville is also the home of Denison University: meandering drives and imposing academic architecture occupy the prominent hilltop above the village. The town has its own earthwork (the distinctive, so-called “Alligator”), and is also directly adjacent to the great earthworks at Newark (see Newark itinerary).
Arrive in Granville from I 70 via the SR 37 exit (SR 37 is coming up from Lancaster), or from Columbus via Broad Street (SR 16) or the new, four-lane SR 161 through New Albany.