Hocking Hills offers unique experiences like zip-lining, camping, hiking, and quiet spaces to rest and be restored. In addition to its natural beauty, this area of Ohio boasts a legendary history dating back to the times of indigenous people and settlers who lived on the land. The Tecumseh Outdoor Drama located in Chillicothe offers historical context by telling the story of Shawnee leader Tecumseh and his work to unite the tribes against white settlers moving from homelands to Ohio in the late 1700s. Learn more about the unique history of this drama and why no visitor should pass up the chance to learn the history of Hocking Hills.
The Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheater was constructed on 206 acres, purchased by the Scioto Society, and incorporated as a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation in May 1970. The drama has grown in popularity and was selected as a top 100 attraction in North America, receiving acclaim at the local, regional, state, and national levels. This enriching fine arts experience educates visitors on the history of the people and the area in which the show takes place. The traditional land that belonged to the Shawnee people is where the show now demonstrates the loss of this land through colonialism and genocide. It is hoped through learning this history generations will understand more about how the area came to be what it is now and have more gratitude for the first people to live on the land.
Set on a beautiful stage, Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheater offers audiences a viewing experience they will never forget. Watch the show that includes a live military cannon and a battle sequence straight out of the history books. Written by seven-time Pulitzer Prize nominee and Emmy winner Allan W. Eckert, the script is considered one of a kind that brings thousands of visitors to the amphitheater every summer.
As with any theater production, what you see is created and produced with the utmost care and professionalism. On a tour that looks behind the curtain, stuntmen explain how they do the tremendous work of creating a staged production while making it look real. Tours last for an hour and provide historical information including how the stage was designed and the performance designed. Tours run at 4 and 5 pm.
The Tecumseh Terrace Buffet features a dinner of American fare served from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Try the baked ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, and dessert. Snacks will be offered at the concession stand from 4 pm through intermission.
Stop by the museum with displays of Indian artifacts, offered free of charge in conjunction with the Ohio Historical Society. Open Monday-Saturday from 5 to 7:45 pm. Mountain Gallery Gift Shop offers gifts like pottery t-shirts, and books to remember your time at the theater.
The Tecumseh Outdoor Drama is a unique and beautiful space to learn about the history of a rich, diverse area. Visitors can choose from many lodging options nearby with ample opportunity to further explore all the natural beauty and wonders on offer throughout the historic Hocking Hills.
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