LOGAN TOWN CENTER

WELCOME

Logan Town Center is the traditional business and residential neighborhood at the heart of the City of Logan, the county seat of Hocking County.  Logan Town Center comprises more than half of the area of the original town of Logan, platted in the summer of 1816 as a personal venture by former U.S. Senator Thomas Worthington, who was then finishing the first of two terms as Ohio's governor.  The town is said to have been named by its citizens for Chief Logan of the Mingo Indians.  Chief Logan was the author of “Logan's Lament.”

Logan was established one mile below the "great falls" of the Hockhocking River, later known as the Hocking River.  In 1840 the section of the Hocking Valley Canal passing through Logan (between the City and the Hocking River) was completed, connecting Logan through Lancaster with the Ohio Canal.  The Hocking River, once provided a vital asset for industries that extracted the region’s natural resources such as coal, sandstone, iron, timber, oil and gas.  Today, the river helps attract over 3 million visitors to the region to relax and enjoy the natural, artistic and cultural assets and rural lifestyle we have to offer visitors and residents.

Main Street and the surrounding neighborhoods continue to be the center of business, government, fine historic homes, churches, and cultural and historical destinations in the Hocking Hills region of Ohio.  Our Logan Town Center business district is anchored by the Logan - Hocking County District Library, the Hocking County Historical Museum, The Bowen House community arts and education center, and City and County government offices.  It also provides unique destinations like the Washboard Factory, and friendly locally owned shops, restaurants and family friendly activities.

For a 3-minute tour of Logan Town Center, go to this slide-show the Hocking Valley Tourism Association posted on YouTube.

Logan Town Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to the economic and cultural vitality of Logan’s original town center for the enjoyment and benefit of the residents and visitors in the Hocking Hills.

With over 200,000 SF of commercial space, there are opportunities for entrepreneurs to create destinations for resident and visiting customers.  To see examples go to our Available Spaces page.

Special Thanks to these partners:



City of Logan, Hocking County, Hocking Metropolitan Housing Authority, Logan - Hocking School District, Logan - Hocking County District Library, Logan Hocking Chamber of Commerce, Hocking Hills Tourism Association, The Bowen House, Hocking County Historical Society Museum, Logan In Bloom, OSU Master Gardeners, business and property owners, and Friends of Logan Town Center.

Some of the businesses and institutions that have joined Logan Town Center's effort to revitalize downtown Logan include:



You or your business can help, too,
by joining Logan Town Center.
Click here for a membership form.


UPCOMING EVENTS

DECEMBER 2014  EVENTS
Please, call the host organization to
confirm the latest date/time/event info.

Now through New Year's Day
Visit the City of Bethlehem

at the corner of Main and Mulberry Streets.  The City is aglow in the window of Saving Hardware and features 170 characters and friendly beasts – not counting the buildings and landscaping.  This is a remarkable display on loan from Susan and Ray Dennis. This is the second year for the display.  Be sure to pass by and step back in time to view Bethlehem as it might have appeared over 2,000 years ago.

Wednesday, December 10  6-8 PM
(Annual) Relay for Life Open House Benefit

Open to the public
Vendors include Scentsy, Thirty One, Longaberger, Julemy Handmade Jewelry, Celebrating Home, and Baskets of Nature Pet Products.  SANTA will be available for pictures.  Refreshments and Door Prizes.  Organizer: Christy Barnhart.
The Bowen House
Community Center for Arts and Education
196 N. Market Street
(740) 385-0344

www.bowenhouse.org



Saturday, December 13  8-11 AM
Monthly Pancake Breakfast

Pancakes, eggs, sausage & hash browns, OR sausage gravy biscuits, hash browns and eggs.  Orange Juice or Coffee.  Cost:  $6
Scenic Hills Senior Center
187 S. Spring Street

(740) 385-6581



Saturday, December 13 2 pm
Logan Santa Parade
A Story Book Christmas
resheduled from December 6

Floats, marching bands, cheer and twirling groups, equestrians, walking units and more...with the arrival of Santa Claus and the lighting of Logan's famed holiday lights.
The Washboard Train will travel the parade route collecting new toys to distribute to children.
The Grand Marshalls will be the Logan-Hocking County District Library Staff and Judge Rick Wallar.
Logan Hocking Chamber of Commerce
(740) 385-6836

The historic Logan lights were designed, created and constructed by the late James D. Wells in the 1930's.  The custom-made decorations have been displayed since that time, with the exception of World War II, when the lights had to be dismantled because the steel frames were recycled as precious metal during the war.  Following the war, Wells re-fabricated the metal frames and went back to work restoring each of the original designs.  Since then, the famous lights have adorned Logan's city streets during the Christmas season.



Now through Thursday, December 18
Festival of Trees  FREE

The Bowen House will be beautifully decorated from head to toe with an array of unique and creative trees and other holiday displays.
Special events occur throughout the month.
Regular hours are 2-5 PM Wednesday through Saturday.  Closed on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
The Bowen House
Community Center for Arts and Education
196 N. Market Street
(740) 385-0344

www.bowenhouse.org



Saturday, December 13  1-4 pm
Sunday, December 14*  1-4 pm
Saturday, December 20  1-4 pm
Hocking County Historical Society
A Classic Christmas

Vintage decorations, trees, toys and more are on loan from the collection of Dr. George Johnson.  Classic trees from the 50's, 60's and 70's will be on view.  The Schempp House next door will be decorated in Victorian style.
The exhibit is free but donations are welcome.  Open to the public; everyone is welcome!
HCHS, 60 N. Culver Street
Info:  (740) 385-6026
www.hockinghistory.org
* Dr. Johnson will be available on Dec. 14 to answer questions about the collection.



Saturday, December 13  6-9 PM
Follow the Light Logan Church Tour

Participating churches are: St. Matthew Lutheran Church, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Hocking Hills United Methodist Church, St. John Catholic Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, and First Presbyterian Church.  Tour groups will depart from three locations (red, green, and yellow tickets) and be led by a guide.  Each stop will provide an opportunity to enjoy music, splendor and hospitality of the Advent and Christmas season.  Church vans will be available for those unable to walk the tour.
Tickets are $3.00 for adults; children under 12 are free.
Sponsored by the Hocking County Ministerial Association, the proceeds from the event benefit the Hocking Hills Inspire Homeless Shelter.
Tickets are available from the pastor or church office
First Presbyterian Church
2 W. Hunter Street
(740) 385-3340



Sunday, December 14  7 PM
“Ring We Now of Christmas”

Lancaster Handbell Ensemble will perform under the direction of Leta Cook.  Musical Selections will include Carol of the Bells, Jingle Bell-a-thon; People Look East, You Raise Me Up, The Nutcracker Suite.  Performance will also include flute, cello, and audience participation.
First Presbyterian Church of Logan
2 W. Hunter Street

(740) 385-2242



Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
December 16, 17 & 18  7-8:30 PM
Desire to Inspire Performing Arts Family

An evening of live holiday skits & music, combining traditional taste & comedy.  Live nativity scene, carolers from the balcony & Santa photos, will make for another unforgettable evening at the Bowen House.  Snacks & beverages included.  Tickets: Adults-$12, Children-$7, scholarships available.  Due to limited seating, RSVP required.  Call (740) 274-8215 or e-mail decoreventdesign@gmail.com to reserve seats.  Proceeds benefit Desire 2 Inspire Performing Arts Family.
The Bowen House
Community Center for Arts and Education
196 N. Market Street

www.bowenhouse.org



Wednesday, December 17 10 AM
Doodle Bugs

Art Club for Lil' Ones age 0-3 years
FREE art club for newborns, infants and toddlers up to age 3.  Meeting the first and third Wednesdays of each month.  Participants can come anytime between 10 AM and 12 Noon.
Toddlers will explore the fun of art hands-on and take home a masterpiece!  Newborns and infants will have hands and feet painted for creative keepsakes.
Hocking County Library Building
230 E. Main Street
Registration:  Stephanie at (740) 380-1315

(Sponsored by the Hocking County Early Childhood Department, Help Me Grow & Early Intervention.)
(Doodle-bugs is geared toward helping children develop social and sensory skills while learning about color, texture, and experimenting with new materials.)



Friday, December 19  10:30 AM
Annual Christmas Open House

Scenic Hills Senior Chorus entertains with holiday music at 10:30 am, followed by a light luncheon at 11 am.  Free Bingo follows.  Buffet provided by the Hocking Valley Community Hospital.
Scenic Hills Senior Center
187 S. Spring Street

Info:  (740) 385-6581



Saturday, December 20  5-8 PM
The Bowen House's Wacky Weekend Kid's Day & Campfire Christmas

Bring your children to us, while you finish last minute shopping, baking or wrapping.  Snacks, beverages, holiday fun – including music, art & wandering through the house on a wacky scavenger hunt.  They will have a blast!
RSVP required.  Call (740) 385-0344 or e-mail bowenhouse.dbell@frontier.com, $10 per child, Scholarships Available.
The Bowen House
Community Center for Arts and Education
196 N. Market Street

www.bowenhouse.org



Tuesday, December 23  6 - 8 PM
Closing Date for the Festival of Trees

Music by Jesse James Russell and special guests.
The Bowen House
Community Center for Arts and Education
196 N. Market Street

(740) 385-0344
www.bowenhouse.org




ONGOING EVENTS

Tours of The Columbus Washboard Company,  Museum and Gift Shop.

Summer hours are 9 am - 4 pm Monday through Friday and 11 am - 2 pm on Saturday.*   Guided tours are offered daily.  The Company is the only manufacturer of washboards remaining in the United States.  Gift shop features washboards, memorabilia and a new line of vintage soaps.  Reception area within the Museum and Gift Shop offers a WiFi hotspot, along with snacks and beverages, for a place to relax and take care of business.
Columbus Washboard Company
14 Gallagher Avenue
(740) 380-3828
e-mail:  info@columbuswashboard.com
Winter hours:  9 am - 3 pm Monday through Friday; closed on Saturday.
Summer hours begin in May when the Company will be open from 8 am -4 pm weekdays and from 11 am - 2 pm on Saturday.


“Logan and Hocking County...A Timeline”

This Exhibit features several hundred years of the county's history condensed into four panels on display.  The timeline includes Native Americans, the first settlers (1798), the Civil War, the Hocking Valley Railway, and more, including 1916, when Logan celebrated its Centennial, and ending in 1917, when America joined the war.  Beginning April 4, Museum hours are 1-4 PM Friday and Saturday, through October.
Hocking County Historical Society
64 N. Culver St.
(740) 385-6026


The Bowen House Community Center for Arts and Education

This wonderful 1800's historic home is available for viewing during the week from 2-5  pm Tuesday through  Saturday. The house is closed on Sunday and Monday.  Each month features a new exhibit.  The house is located at 196 N. Market Street.  Information:  (740) 385-0344  Visit the website at www.bowenhouse.org for information about the house, on-going classes, etc.



ANNUAL EVENTS

June:
Washboard Music Festival
Thursday, June 12th to Saturday, June 14th, 2014

October:
Tombstone Travels
Saturday, October 11th, 2014