City of Gallipolis Ohio

Founded by the French on October 17th, 1790, Gallipolis, the second oldest settlement in the Northwest Territory is rich in culture and heritage.  It is located in Gallia County.

Step back in time as you visit the Our House Tavern built in 1811.  See General Lafayette’s coat on display upstairs in the ballroom.  A short walk leads you to the French Art Colony, a multi cultural Arts facility that features year-round art displays. 

Meander through the downtown, stopping in one of our shops or getting a bite to eat in one of our locally-owned restaurants. 

Visit the newest museum in Gallipolis located in the Gallia County Historical Society building, a tribute to the men and women who have served our Country in Military.  A short drive takes you west to Rio Grande home to Bob Evans Farms…be sure and visit the museum, the original home to Bob Evans, his wife Jewell and their 6 children. 

Have a hearty meal at the original restaurant located within walking distance of the museum.  The University of Rio Grande located just across the road features a 190 acre campus with exceptional academic opportunities at affordable prices. 

Travel the back road through Gallia County on the Quilt Trail.  See patterns affixed to barns extending the “clothesline of quilt trail” through the Appalachian region of our country. 

The sun glistens off the Ohio River, yielding a playground for outdoor water sports such as fishing, skiing, or boating. 

Gallia County is home to the longest continual celebration of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation held each fall at the Gallia County local fairgrounds.  Independence Day is celebrated each year when our local Chamber hosts a River Recreation Festival, featuring entertainment, rides, festival foods, a parade, climaxing with a huge fire works demonstration.  This event is held in our city park, with the river as its backdrop. 

Whether it’s outdoor recreation, a symphony, a museum, shopping or dining, experience Gallipolis and Gallia County.  For any reason in any season visit us and see what you have been missing.  For more information or to request a visitors guide, call us at 1-800-765-6483 or on the web at