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Things to do in Clinton County

Things to do in Clinton County, Ohio. Sometimes I feel like Ohio shuts down during the winter months. Many of the smaller museums and attractions offer seasonal hours, closing completely or with reduced winter hours that don’t mesh with my schedule. But my husband and I prefer to stay close to home in case of inclement weather, planning our out-of-state trips other times of the year. That leaves me in search of things to do in Ohio.

Last year, we discovered the small town charm of Wilmington in Clinton County. A short, two-hour drive from our home, this small southwestern community offers several attractions worth checking out no matter the season.

Things to do in Clinton County

During any month of the year, I’d suggest a stroll down Main Street in Wilmington. You’ll find murals, the  historic Murphy Theater, and fun shops and restaurants.


Farmer's Market Mural painted by Jason Morgan of Yellow Springs. The mural can be seen in Wilmington, Ohio.

The Main Street Mural depicts an indoor farmer’s market and hot air balloon launch that took place on the corner of Main and Walnut Streets. This 1,600 square foot mural was painted by artist, Jason Morgan of Yellow Springs. Morgan, who has painted a garden mural in town as well, also recently completed a commemorative mural celebrating the agricultural heritage and history of Clinton County for their 150th anniversary.

The Little Library in Wilmington, Ohio
Bookworms will appreciate the Little Library in Wilmington, one in a growing trend throughout the US, where visitors are encouraged to swap books in these tiny little buildings found in parks and public areas.

The historic Murphy Theater in Wilmington, Ohio.

The historic Murphy Theater has recently undergone extensive renovations to restore it to its original splendor in time for its 100th birthday celebration in 2018. The staff and dedicated volunteers at the theater offer tours on several topics, including one that highlights the history of the theater and its interesting connection to President Taft. Schedule a tour to learn why this property was once the finest theater in Ohio.

The gorgeous Clinton County Courthouse in Wilmington, Ohio offers free tours.

The Clinton County Courthouse is gorgeous inside and out. During business hours, you can pop in and take a look at the interior, or join a free guided tour that highlights the unique architectural elements of the building, as well as the intriguing history. 

The Shoppes at the Old Mill feature antique stores houses in an 1890's grist mill in Wilmington, Ohio.

Off the main drag, you’ll find the three-story 1890’s era grist mill turned antique store which is the largest in the area. The Shoppes at the Old Mill offers a vast selection of wares from over twenty dealers. Also located within the mill is Home Again II, a gift shop featuring country home decor items and smells heavenly!

The Quaker Heritage Center in Wilmington, Ohio

The Quaker Heritage Center located on the Wilmington College campus offers visitors a glimpse into the Quaker or “Friends” way of life. The center features displays planned by the students’, visiting exhibits, and a traditional Quaker meeting house.

The Clinton County Barn Trail in Southwestern Ohio

If you don’t mind traversing some of the back roads, grab a carryout lunch from General Denver Pub and enjoy a drive through the countryside to view the Clinton County Barn Quilt Trail. This community project spanned the length of a year and resulted in 52 unique quilts displayed on area barns.

Clinton County also hosts events throughout the year. You can find more information at their EVENTS page.

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Sara jane Gilbert

Saturday 23rd of January 2016

I love Crave candy store. Great choices great tastes and soooooo friendly. Worth a visit, a taste and chat.

rhonda wheasler

Saturday 23rd of January 2016

Thank you so much for the shout out to The Crave Candy & Nuts. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit! We are very proud of our little town and the unique places to visit. We hope to see you back in town again to see some new additions to our specialty shops downtown and the restoration work at the Murphy Theatre.


Monday 16th of February 2015

I love visiting quaint, historical towns. These are great photos. I was stuck in Columbus once due to weather, and as a Southern girl, I must say that the Ohio version of winter was quite intimidating. Protection Status
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