Lancaster, Ohio is an American hub city that has the privilege of being nestled in a quiet and scenic place called Fairfield County, which abides by the rules of Connecticut’s northern state. It upholds the standards expected for this area of Ohio: Lovely rolling hills and green pastures give way to unique family-owned farms that have been around for generations, and the picturesque downtown area still contains all of its original buildings from when it was founded.
Lancaster is a town that loves to celebrate: it boasts an incredible 4th of July parade and fair, as well as an equally impressive Fall Festival every autumn – and no wonder: Lancaster was named one of the ten best places to celebrate the 4th of July by USA Today!
It’s a city that loves its history too: it retains all of its original buildings from when it was founded, as well as a number of other historic sites. In fact, Lancaster has been honored with several distinctions due to its rich history and unique atmosphere. It’s been named one of the nation’s best ‘storybook towns’ by Reader’s Digest, and it also became one of 24 cities in America to earn a place on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of ‘Dozen Distinctive Destinations.’
Lancaster was originally settled in the early 1800s, but city leaders didn’t incorporate it until 1838. The name comes from Lancaster, England, and is probably named for either House of Lancaster or its county.
It is the home to many notable companies such as Anchor Hocking, Etna, and Fortune 100 company Scotts Miracle-Gro. Also notable, especially to paranormal investigators and ghost hunters, is that Lancaster was one of the cities in the infamous “Portsmouth UFO Sightings” of April 17, 1964.
The city is also home to the official state rock: Serpentine Barite (Ohio’s State Rock). The city is located in Fairfield County, about halfway between the state capital Columbus and the state’s largest city: Cincinnati. There are a number of locations to visit while you’re here, but if you only have a couple of hours, these five will give you an enjoyable visit that won’t drain your bank account or your car’s gas tank.
Visiting Lancaster Ohio!
Located in Fairfield County, Ohio within the Buckeye State is Lancaster. With a population of roughly 38 thousand residents as of 2010, Lancaster is known as one of its top bedroom communities and for being home to approximately 50 percent of Fairfield County’s residents. The city hosts six sister cities: Canton (China), Hohhot (China), Icheon (South Korea), Cusco (Peru), Metz (France), and Querétaro City.
In the past decade, Lancaster hosted its first three-day festival downtown from July 14-16th each year called “Spice in the Valley,” a food and music festival that boasted over 100 vendors forced to relocate to Fairfield County Fairgrounds in 2017.
Lancaster, Ohio is known for its friendly folk and welcoming city atmosphere where crime is still manageable — not too high nor low. The city sits off of Interstate 70 (two exits) and Route 30, making it just a little under an hour drive from Columbus and two and a half hours from Cincinnati.
With the city’s rich history dating back to the mid-1700s, new restaurants and festivals have made Lancaster even more attractive to its residents while visitors can enjoy three covered bridges, over 24 parks, and access to State/National Forests for hiking or biking trails. In the past decade, Lancaster hosted its first three-day festival downtown from July 14-16th each year called “Spice in the Valley,” a food and music festival that boasted over 100 vendors forced to relocate to Fairfield County Fairgrounds in 2017.