Something for everyone!
Waynesville is the ideal spot to indulge both the history buff and the eclectic shopper. You and your friends will find something for everyone.
Start your morning at the Village Family Restaurant.
Start your morning at the Village Family Restaurant. Family owned and operated, the food is made to order. (Pies are made fresh daily!)
Then, pick up a copy of the Self-Guided Walking Tour of Historic Waynesville. You can get a copy at the Museum at the Friends Home (corner of Miami and Fourth Streets) or at the Waynesville Area Chamber of Commerce (corner of Main and North Streets.) The sites listed on the map have historic significance, and many of the sites house businesses and are open to the public. (Check the Waynesville Merchant Association’s website for hours of operation.) There are lots of eclectic shops – from antiques and collectibles to home décor and gifts.
The Museum at the Friends Home is a must!
If history is your thing, a visit to the Museum at the Friends Home is a must! (Number 35 on the map.) The structure was built in 1905 to accommodate elder members of the Quaker community. The home now houses the Museum at the Friends home. Here you will find a unique collection of local history highlighting the little villages in the area. Check for hours of operation, or call for an appointment.
There are several great places to break for lunch.
There are several great places to break for lunch. The Stonehouse Tavern serves American fare, and has indoor and patio dining. It you want to continue your emersion in history, try lunch at the Hammel House. The present building was built in 1817 with remodeling and updating through the years. It is a historic building that is supposedly haunted! The Cobblestone Café offers a French inspired gourmet menu. And if you are looking for something less formal but equally delicious, try Bentino’s where you will find a delicious varieties of pasta, specialty pizzas and more. Or, if you just want to indulge your sweet tooth, a piece of pie from the Village Family Restaurant or a cupcake from the Cake Diva should fit the bill.
relax and unwind
After your busy morning stop by at the Mary L. Cook Public Library to relax and unwind. Use the library’s free Wi-Fi or free Internet computers to check your e-mail. Spend some relaxing time in the Gazebo in Library Park or wander the gardens maintained by the Warren County Master Gardeners.
reconnect with Ohio’s past
When you’re rejuvenated it’s back to Main Street to continue your tour and shopping. You might want to visit the Old Lock-up on Chapman Street. (Number 41 on the map.) On the National Historic Registry, it is one of two remaining small town lockups in Southwest Ohio. A walk up and down Main Street will reconnect you with Ohio’s past, when small town life was vibrant, and the shop owners were your neighbors and friends.