Attractions, Storytelling, History and Free College Tuition in Yellow Springs, Ohio

Glen Helen Nature Preserve is home to Yellow Springs, Ohio. The preserve houses a raptor center and arts, herbal, and other classes for credit at Antioch College next door.
Glen Helen Nature Preserve is home to Yellow Springs, Ohio. The preserve houses a raptor center and arts, herbal, and other classes for credit at Antioch College next door. | Source

The Storytellers

One of the most picturesque locations in Ohio, Yellow Springs and points south and southwest toward Indiana and Kentucky were originally settled by Native Americans whose descendants are attempting to purchase back their formerly-owned properties in the 2010s. They have purchased back lands near Xenia, Ohio and a few other sites already and have begun successful businesses in the area that boost the economy and help build the community.

The United Remnant Band of the Shawnee in this region of Ohio is quite active in fine arts and professional storytelling, among other vocations. In fact, one of their number and his son operate a vivid living history ranch today near Oxford OH, just to the southwest of Yellow Springs. Dad, Fred Ross, has been a preacher as well and was able to put his two speaking talents of church and Indigenous culture together -- I have marveled at his storytelling, traditional storyteller facial paint (click for photo and story of the face paint) and traditional clothing at the Ohio State Fair and on film. People of all ages have gathered to sit and listen to him and at story's end, do not want to leave. The Rosses entertain and educate families, congregations, and school groups regularly at their facilities.

Such is only one of the features and traditions of Yellow Springs, Ohio and the surrounding countryside.

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Yellow Springs, OH 45387, USA
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The Western edge of Glen Helen is followed by Corry Street, where you will find Antioch College.

Clifton Mill, rear side of property by night.
Clifton Mill, rear side of property by night. | Source
Downtown Yellow Springs, the city
Downtown Yellow Springs, the city | Source
Clifton Mill
Clifton Mill | Source
Historic gas station maintained as art at Clifton Gorge.
Historic gas station maintained as art at Clifton Gorge. | Source

Art Is In the Air

Yellow Springs became an art-filled community early on as visitors traveled here to benefit from the springs that contain sulfur and other elements considered healing. People read, wrote, painted, and played music while they attended their health. The community is still focused on fine arts and music, progressive education that will lead to solid jobs, and wellness events and activities.

Downtown Yellow Springs is a colorful expanse of artistic shops with merchandise displayed on sidewalks as well as inside on Xenia Avenue. Boutiques, pottery shops, cafes, herbalists, theaters, fine arts emporiums and many more extend for several blocks to the center of town to a type of Town Square Park where an OSU tent is usually set up during football season for souvenir sales and does a good business. Public art projects include the interesting benches for seating all long the main street and down through the road to Antioch College. However, needle artists have taken to creating covers for telephone poles and lamp posts. Simply put, there is art everywhere in Yellow Springs.

Clifton Mill near Clifton Gorge east of Yellow Springs is a working grain mill that provides tours by living history staff in costume. The mill houses also contain a store in which visitors may purchases the Clifton Mill flours that we see in some local supermarkets. Clifton Gorge is a scenic spot that unfortunately once housed a lone caged bear for spectators.

Many options for lodging in Yellow Springs give guests the choice of small motels, B & B's and other picturesque places, including jailhouse Suites that are located in a former Village Jail.

The Springs Motel is all solar powered! This is a great place for low prices and clean rooms with amenities like free WIFI, free breakfast, and free long distance phone calls.

Young's Jersey Dairy is just two miles northeast of Yellow Springs as well, with family events, two restaurants, a homemade bakery store and more.

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Antioch College, 1 Morgan Pl, Yellow Springs, OH 45387-1607, USA
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Antioch College

One Morgan Place;  Yellow Springs, OH 45387-1607 Phone: (937) 319-6082
One Morgan Place; Yellow Springs, OH 45387-1607 Phone: (937) 319-6082 | Source

Antioch College - Arts and Employment Priorities

Founded in 1852, the college is on Corry Street, which is the boundary of Glen Helen Nature Preserve. I find it easy to find parking and enjoy any of several paved walking paths through the preserve. It is a pleasure for students to attend classes so near the preserve, where they can take a break in the world of nature and use the setting for images for photography and other arts classes. Antioch is the only US liberal arts school as of 2012 that requires a co-op work experience as part of its curricula and graduation elements. The school is determined to educate individuals for employment as well as liberal arts.

Back in the 1980s, an associate attended Antioch and loved the sorts of classes offered and the pass/no-pass grading system for all her classes. Antioch opened in 1854 and continued to train students to 2008, when they lost too much funding and closed. They have reopened since 2011 and are offering free tuition for a total of thee years of education at the school. This was done under Governor Ted Strickland in the 2000s for the University of Toledo and we expect it to be successful at Antioch as well.

Antioch College is located within the Ohio Space Corridor, which contains other education and training opportunities that Antioch students may wish to attend in the future. Antioch leadership wants to boost its enrollment and become more visible by 2015, with plans to expand curricula. Currently, Antioch College offers the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Arts, Humanities, Science, and Social Science. I expect many Antioch graduated to go on to local grad schools and become successful in spacecraft design as well as aerospace engineering an technologies.

Among the famous graduates of Antioch are some interesting persons: Rod Serling (Twilight Zone ) and Coretta Scott King, who are known to most of the public. Alumni also include politicians, scientists, writers, Nobel Prize winners, and explorers.

The Clifton Gorge

Little Miami River flowing through the actual Clifton Gorge.
Little Miami River flowing through the actual Clifton Gorge. | Source

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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I've never been to Ohio but town and state history is one of my interests. I may get there someday.


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

Another great hub, Patty. I grew up in Ohio; Antioch's a legend there. That entire area is gorgeous, as your hub shows.


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

I took a mostly house-bound friend to Yellow Springs last spring and she's ready to go again. She perked up at Young's Dairy Farm when we were able to pet the goats and loved driving around Downtown and sitting at Glen Helen. This year, we hope to see some concerts or theatrical productions at the college.

Thanks for the comments!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

The Clifton Gorge looks beautiful! I had to take a look at the larger map to see if this was close enough for a day trip for us. Alas, it is closer to Cincinnati than Cleveland, so it isn't close enough for a quick day trip for us. I'll definitely check it out if we're headed to Cincinnati, though!


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

You'll have a really fun time if you go, even if just for a day. If you don't have much time, stop you can stop Downtown at one of the cafes for a snack and see quite a lot.


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Maren Morgan M-T 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

I've been curious about Yellow Springs because it was mentioned a bit in Barnesville, OH at the Quaker school


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

That's interesting, because I have heard that every day at noon, a group of Quakers meet on the street in Downtown Yellow Springs and demonstrate quietly for peace. I admire that, since I hear they stand in rain, sleet, and any weather.

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