Rich History Weekend

Saturday, May 4, 2019-
Sunday, May 5, 2019

Passport to History Programs

 Saturday, May 4th, 2019    10-2pm

Pleasant Hill Dam Guided Tours- Celebrating over 80 years -1938-2018 Join US Army Corps of Engineers staff in guided tours exploring the inside of the dam structure and some facts. Must be able to navigate and walk up and down stairs.


Saturday/Sunday, May 4 & 5, 2019    10-2pm

Artifacts and Facts History Exhibit - A history exhibit that commemorates over 80 years since the completion of Pleasant Hill Dam. But it’s not only about the dam; we look at how the park, the lake and Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District land around the lake touched people’s lives and how they influenced its evolution, especially from 1946 to the present. The Exhibit uses a collection of photos, newspaper clippings, artifacts, MWCD archives, and accounts from local historians, neighbors, and people who worked — and even lived — in the park.


Saturday/Sunday, May 4 & 5, 2019    10-2pm

Clear Fork Gold Rush- Prospectors from the Buckeye Chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association of America (GPAA) members will be demonstrating Gold mining and panning. Prospecting for gold has been going on for over 150 years here in Ohio. The old Swank Claim from 1850’s is still active claim today. Try your skill at panning your own gold. Bags of gold concentrates will be for sale.


Saturday, May 4th, 2019  3pm

HikeBACK into History- Cemetery Folklore – The Lighter Side of the Grave One man’s superstitions are another man’s beliefs. Many old-world traditions and beliefs strictly followed in the past have fallen out of common practice today. Although some of these beliefs have been dismissed as superstition, others may still be followed but in a more relaxed manner. Explore the folklore & history of Historical St. Johns Cemetery next to the park.


Saturday/Sunday, May 4 & 5th, 2019  10am -2pm

Hidden History Kayak Self-guided Tour-Explore the hidden history near and under the waters of Pleasant Hill Lake. What happened from Hell town to Newville that caused their disappearances. Self-guided tour with six stations with signs noting historical places and events. Map provided. Use your own boat or use one of our Kayaks for only $10/person (limited number) Marina will have kayaks for rental as well, with discount pricing for the event. Reservations can be made online at




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