Historical Places Around Columbus for Seniors

Looking for interesting places to go in the Columbus, Ohio area? There are so many places to choose from that we’ve narrowed it down to historical sites. Step back in time and explore roads to the past at any one of these eight Columbus area historical places that are perfect for seniors and older adults!

1. Ohio History Center in Columbus, Ohio

For those who are interested in our great state’s past, the Ohio History Center is brimming with Ohio history. Spanning from the frontier days to World War I, there’s something for everyone. Spend the day wandering around through the various exhibits and enjoying interactive displays.

The museum is handicap-accessible and has free parking. Admission is $13 for seniors and free for Ohio History Connection Members.

2. Shrum Mound in Columbus, Ohio

Thousands of years ago, pre-contact Native American tribes populated the area we know today as Central Ohio. Though they moved frequently, the hunter-gatherer tribes buried their dead in prominent mounds. Some of those mounds remain standing, including the Shrum Mound.

The Shrum Mound is one of the last remaining ancient conical burial mounds in Columbus. You can visit this 20-foot-high and 100-foot-diameter mound anytime during daylight hours, free of charge.


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3. The Kelton House Museum & Garden in Columbus, Ohio

The Kelton House has a rich history that allows you to immerse yourself in the refined atmosphere of the Victorian era. It was built in 1852 by Fernando Cortez and Sophia Stone Kelton, who were such staunch abolitionists that their house was a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Free parking is available in a museum lot on Franklin Avenue. For visitors with wheelchairs, the first floor is accessible and there is a video tour available for the second and third floors. Admission for seniors is $5.

You can go on a self-led tour by yourself or with your group, or you can go on a docent-led tour on Sundays. For $15 per person, you can arrange for a tour and tea with “Sophia Kelton.” She will guide you through her home and offer you afternoon tea.

4. Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio

Visit the home where James Thurber, one of the foremost American humorists of the 20th century, spent his young adult years. You can tour the rooms of the house that have been restored to reflect the period in which Thurber and his family lived in the house, from 1913-1917.

Different from other similar historical sites, at the Thurber House you are allowed to interact with some of the exhibits, including sitting in chairs or playing the piano. There’s also a reading garden where you can sit back and relax, enjoying the beautiful landscaping. Self-guided tours are free and guided tours are $2 for seniors.

5. Slate Run Living Historical Farm in Canal Winchester, Ohio

Step back in time to the 1880s at the Slate Run Living Historical Farm in Canal Winchester. You can tour the farm as costumed staff performs chores just as they would have been done in the 1800s.

There are also activities held at the farm that are open to the public, including naturalist-led walks and educational programs such as a demonstration of 19th-century canning, pickling, and preserving methods. Admission is free and hours vary by season.


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6. Hilliard Historical Village in Hilliard, Ohio

If you like visiting the farm, you may also like visiting a historical village. You’re in luck because there’s one located in Hilliard!

The Hilliard Historical Village is run by the Hilliard Historical Society and features a chapel, one-room schoolhouse, caboose, 19th-century lattice truss bridge, log cabin, granary, gazebo and voting booth. Take an afternoon to stroll the park and peek in the various old-timey structures.

7. Central Ohio Military Museum in Harrisburg, Ohio

Staffed by veterans and historians, the Central Ohio Military Museum features letters, photos, documents, insignia, maps and uniforms of armed forces veterans. Its mission is to capture the stories and experiences of our country’s veterans.

Admission is $2 but veterans get in free.

8. Ohio’s Small Town Museum in Ashville, Ohio

Over the years, Ohio’s Small Town Museum has attracted its fair share of attention. It has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show and written about in the popular Country Living magazine.

See for yourself what makes this museum so special by exploring the displays of local artifacts that bring to life the small town days of yesteryear in a building that was once a silent movie theater.

Columbus Senior Resources

For more resources for Columbus seniors, check out our blog. There you’ll find helpful articles on senior health and wellness, as well as senior living options. You can also explore our resources page to find helpful information for both seniors and their loved ones.


Staying Connected in a Physical Rehab Center


During your stay in a Columbus area post-hospital rehabilitation center, you may find it challenging to keep in touch with your friends and family. To keep your spirits up and your crowd of wellwishers informed, we have some unique ways to communicate with your loved ones while you’re in rehab we’d like to share.

Unique, Easy Ways to Stay in Touch with Friends and Family While in Inpatient Rehab

Video Calls

Phone calls are great, but video phone calls are even better. Seeing the face of a loved one can be a boost to your day and can help you stay motivated in physical therapy.

This is perfect for out-of-town family members and friends, but it can also be a good option for people in the same Columbus neighborhood you’re in and want to visit, but are kept away by a busy schedule. If someone expresses an interest to visit you and you know this to be the case for them, you could consider a video chat as a time-saving alternative that still has a personal touch.

Most smartphones have a video call option, but you can also download apps such as Skype, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp (all free to download).


Related: 9 Apps to Keep You Entertained in Post-Hospital Rehab



With email, you can either shoot off a quick message when you’re running late for the therapy gym or a community activity, or you can take some time at the end of the day to unwind and share some more of the details.

If you’re not quite feeling up to keeping your group of supporters updated, you could consider asking a close friend or family member to be your “communications manager,” so to speak. That way, when you’re busy with rehab or not in the mood to write a long email with updates, that person can update everyone for you. All of your friends and loved ones will receive the updates they’re waiting for and you’ll be free to focus on your recovery.


Related: Your First 48 Hours in Post-Hospital Rehabilitation


Letter Writing

Writing a letter to a friend using pen and paper can be a very soothing way to spend the afternoon after a busy day of rehab, activities, outings and visits. It can also be good for your health.

Studies show that writing expressively about stressful or emotional events can improve both physical and psychological health. If you are receiving physical therapy for an illness or surgery, chances are you have some stress or emotions to release. Write it all down and send it to an understanding friend.

If you are also receiving occupational therapy in addition to physical therapy (which is something that will be determined in your rehab plan after discussion between you and your care team), writing a letter can be part of that occupational therapy.


Related: Ask the Expert: Types of Post-Hospital Therapy for Seniors


Social Media

Using a social media platform is an easy way of letting a group of people stay up-to-date with your progress without having to send multiple messages. It’s also a great way to help you stay motivated. Post pictures during your recovery to show the progress you’ve made—don’t be shy to celebrate the results of your hard work!

You can post on your personal page so all of your followers can see the updates, but you could also start a private group (if you have a Facebook account) to include all family and friends. That way, everyone will have one central location for news of your recovery.


Don’t hesitate to invite friends and family to the Columbus area rehab center you’re staying at. Most centers (including all seven of MacIntosh’s Columbus area rehab facilities) have 24/7 visitation hours, so your guests are welcome to come and go as they please.

You’re also free to leave the center for outings if your therapist gives the green light based on your health and recovery. If a friend would like to come and take you to lunch and your health allows it, this can be a great way to catch up and provide you with a change of scenery.

There’s plenty of scenery within MacIntosh communities, though. You can enjoy common indoor spaces with your guests or take them outside to the beautiful courtyards with plenty of places to sit and relax.

Book Clubs

If you want to get a little creative, start a book club with a group of friends or family members. Chances are, you won’t be in rehab long enough to finish a book, as the average rehab stay is about 12 days, but rehab can vary depending on your recovery needs.

Regardless of how long you’re in rehab, you could launch a book club during your stay. Start a book with your friends and read it during your rehab downtime. That way, everyone will have something to talk about instead of solely questions about your recovery.

Online Games

Playing online games can be a great way to stay in touch with loved ones during your inpatient rehab stay while having a blast at the same time. Games like Words with Friends or online checkers can help pass the time and keep you close with friends.

Check out these browser games to play on your computer or these apps to play on your smartphone.

The Importance of Staying Connected

The success of your rehab depends for a large part on how motivated you are to stay the course. It’s much easier to stay engaged and energized when you have a support system in place. By using these tips to stay in touch with your loved ones, you’ll be able to avoid feeling isolated and have several fun avenues to brighten both your day and the days of your friends.