The name Chillicothe originates from the Shawnee Native Americans' "Chalakatha," which is one major division of the Shawnee people. The Shawnee lived in the area for centuries before any European arrived. Chalakatha was that division's chief settlement. Most European settlers came after the American Revolution, mainly migrating from Virginia and Kentucky in search of land expansion. Free African Americans especially flocked to the area from slave states. They eventually aided runaway slaves that were passing through the area. The city served as Ohio's capital city twice - once from 1803 to 1810 and again from 1812 to 1816. Today, the area offers multiple monuments and historical landmarks for all members of the family to enjoy.
Chillicothe is home to many educational institutions for its size, being the only city in its county. With a variety of fine educational options from which to choose, the small city is an ideal place for current or prospective students at any grade level. The city educates pre-school to grade 12 with four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. After the high school level, graduates can pursue further education at Ohio University at Chillicothe, Daymar College, and Ohio Christian University. Ohio Christian University offers three Associate degree programs and five Bachelor of Arts degrees, as well as night classes for students with busy day schedules. The University of Ohio is a full-time four-year college. Daymar College offers a number of two-year programs, including Criminal Justice, Business Administration, and Human Resources Management.
Rich Cultural Enterta
Chillicothe's main attraction is its varied entertainment options, particularly the city's festivals and theater scene. The Majestic Theatre has been operating for over 158 years, beginning as a mix of a lodge, theater, and dance hall. The Masonic Hall was built in 1853 as the beginning of the modern-day Majestic Theatre. In 1876, the Masonic Opera House was recognized as one of the finest theaters in all of Ohio. Chillicothe cannot ignore its Native American heritage, as the city hosts several yearly fairs and festivals to celebrate its history, and the Majestic Theatre assists with many of these events and attractions. Popular Chillicothe extravaganzas include the Feast of the Flowering Moon Festival and the Southern Ohio Storytelling Festival. Several times a year, Yoctangee Park, local venues, and school auditoriums are filled with festival goers celebrating the city's rich cultural history.