City of Wilmington Ohio

Wilmington Ohio, epitomizes everything good a rural hometown has to offer visitors of all ages.  Located in southwest Ohio between Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton, this quaint, small town exudes down-home hospitality while elevating family values, cultural experiences and our agricultural heritage.

In 1982, the Wilmington Commercial Historic District became part of the National Register of Historic Places.  Encompassing a major portion of the original 1810 plat, this area remains a center of commerce and government in Clinton County.  Architecture and history buffs enjoy the Walking Tour of the Commercial Historic District.  The 36-foot dome in the courthouse rotunda is nothing less than magnificent.  Over 50 buildings within a three block square of downtown feature Gothic Revival, Beaux-Art, Romanesque Revival, Victorian Gothic and Queen Anne architectural styles.

Just down the street is the historic Murphy Theatre.  Nationally-known acts as well as community theater grace the stage of this stately theater.  The General Denver Hotel, with Jacobethan details, offers fine dining and live music.

Downtown boasts many specialty shops.  Crafts, collectibles and antiques are featured throughout the downtown area.  South Street Gallery showcases stained glass and sculpture.  Several eateries offer a wide variety of culinary dishes.

Wilmington College, a private Quaker college founded in 1870, is a must see.  The College features the largest depository of materials outside of Japan relating to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  The Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center features over 1,200 sq. ft. of display area and a traditional Quaker meetinghouse.  The Peace Resource Center draws visitors from around the world during the annual Westheimer Peace Symposium.

For the young at heart, enjoy the nation’s only Banana Split Festival.  Bring your family and help us celebrate our season’s bounty.  The County Fair in July is eight days of non-stop action with live entertainment, harness racing and antique tractor pulls.  See championship swine and cattle, chickens, rabbits and much more.  September brings the annual Corn Festival.  This three-day extravaganza features all types of food made from corn, live entertainment, antiques and the Corn Olympics.  Thanksgiving weekend downtown closes its streets and opens its doors for everyone to see our hometown all lit up.  The Hometown HoliDazzle Illuminated Parade and Festival features strolling musicians, free concerts, indoor children’s games and a spectacular mile-long illuminated parade.

Visit Wilmington and discover why folks keep coming back.  For more information, visit Clinton County.