Places to See in the Granville Area

Granville has many interesting places to see. Please click on the relevant name below to find out more about a particular place of interest:

Alligator Mound
Bryn Du Mansion
Buxton Inn
Dawes Arboretum
Denison Museum
Denison University
Granville Historical Society Museum
Granville Inn
Midland Theatre
Newark Earthworks
Robbins Hunter Museum
The Works
TJ Evans Trail


Alligator Mound

Drawing of Alligator Effigy Mound (source: The American Antiquarian and Oriental Journal, Volume XIII, Page 316. January-November 1891.)

The "Alligator" mound is located at the end of Bryn Du Drive in Granville. It is located on top of a bluff overlooking the Raccoon Creek valley. It is one of two great animal effigy mounds built by Ohio's prehistoric people.

Alligator mound is a giant earthen sculpture of a four-footed animal with a round head and a long, curving tail. Although it has the name "Alligator" Mound, archaeologists believe that the animal depicted by the effigy is perhaps an opossum or a panther. The earthwork is approximately 250 feet long, 76 feet wide, and about four feet high.

Scholars do not know who built Alligator Mound, but it may have been the work of the Hopewell people who also built the great Newark Earthworks located just three miles to the east. The Newark Earthworks were built between 100 B.C. and A.D. 400. Recent studies suggest, however, that it more likely may have been built by the later Fort Ancient culture.

Alligator Mound is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is owned by the Licking County Historical Society.

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Bryn Du Mansion

Polo on the Great Lawn at Bryn Du

For more than 100 years, the historic Bryn Du Mansion, located at 537 Jones Road, has dominated the landscape of a 52-acre estate on the east side of Granville.  Its colorful history, and the history of the families that lived there, add to its rich environment and unique facilities.  Only recently available for public use, the Bryn Du Mansion and estate have quickly become a popular location for business meetings, weddings, banquets, tradeshows, and sporting events.

There are a total of seven buildings on the grounds: the field house, carriage house, pump house, gardener's cottage, laundry cottage, and horse barn.  With 52 gated-acres, 32 acres of level front lawn, and a 7,200 square foot Field House, the entire Bryn Du estate is utilized for community activities, special events, private events, and sport and athletic competitions.

On Sunday afternoons during the summer months, polo is played on the Great Lawn at Bryn Du. 

The property is managed by the Bryn Du Commission, which was established by the Village of Granville and charged with the responsibility of preserving the property and managing the programs and event facilities for the benefit of the community. 

For more information about this community asset or to inquire about scheduled events or available facilities, please visit the Bryn Du website.


Buxton Inn

The Buxton Inn

In 1812, Orrin Granger, a pioneer from Granville, Massachusetts, built "The Tavern" on land that was purchased on 1806. It had a ballroom, a stagecoach court, a dining room . . . all the fixings demanded by society in 1812. 

That tavern, now known as "The Buxton Inn", has been operated continuously since that date in 1812. It is Ohio's oldest continuously-operated inn in its original building. The Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Inn operated as Granville's first post office and as a stagecoach stop on the line between Columbus and Newark. The coach drivers were housed in the original cellar with its hewn beams, stone fireplace, and stone walls. The cellar today still carries the feeling of those early years when the drivers cooked their meals in the great open fireplace and slept there on beds of straw.

The inn has been expanded into a carefully and lovingly restored complex of four buildings that offer 25 lodging rooms filled with antiques. The inn also offers seven dining areas, elegant gardens, and cascading fountains.

For more information about this historic inn, please visit the Buxton Inn website.


Dawes Arboretum

Dawes Arboretum (image by in 1929 by Beman and Bertie Dawes, The Arboretum now covers nearly 1,800 acres and includes eight miles of hiking trails and a four-mile Auto Tour. An open-air wagon is available for groups up to 60 people. This is a guided tour that takes you by some of the prime collection and garden areas. It is a great opener to a more in-depth walk of the grounds.

There are more than 15,000 living plants on The Arboretum's grounds, and most are hardy in central Ohio. Of these plants, 4,500 are unique names (taxa). Records kept for each plant include specific location, scientific and common names, origin, and age. The Arboretum's native plant conservation efforts include conserving plants in their native habitats, inventorying native plant communities, and restoring and recreating Ohio native ecosystems.

Some of the featured collections and attractions include the "All Seasons Garden", "Azalea Glen", the Ohio Buckeye Collection, "Conifer Glen", the "Cypress Swamp", the "Dutch Fork Wetlands", and the "Japanese Garden". Climb the Observation Tower for an amazing view. Visit the Daweswood House Museum to see antiques and collectibles of the founding family.

Please visit the website of the Dawes Arboretum for more information.


Denison Museum

Denison Museum ExhibitionThe Denison Museum in Burke Hall houses the collections and exhibition spaces of Denison University. The collections comprise nearly 8,000 objects from Asia, Africa, Europe, and North and Central America. The display spaces are not only used to showcase the permanent collection, but are also devoted to the presentation of a wide variety of exhibitions. The work of senior art majors is presented at the end of each season.

The Denison Museum is dedicated to providing students, faculty, and staff of the University, as well as the wider community, with a first-hand cultural experience. An on-going program of lectures, symposia, visiting artists, gallery tours, and other events is available to the Denison audience and the general public.

Please visit the Denison Museum homepage for more information.




Granville Inn

The Granville Inn (image by 1923, John Sutphin Jones, a coal and railroad magnate and owner of the Bryn Du Mansion and the Granville Golf Course at the time, commissioned the construction of The Granville Inn in the Jacobethan Revival style on the former site of the Granville Female College, which had closed its doors in 1898. The stone and half-timber structure was designed by Frank L. Packard, a prominent Columbus architect. All of the sandstone was quarried at Bryn Du.

According to the newspapers of the time, the Inn's opening on June 26, 1924 was attended by as many as 5000 people.

The Inn, located in the heart of Granville, offers a full-service restaurant and pub, 27 traditional guest rooms and three suites, along with banquet, meeting, and catering services.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the inn’s old-world charm, hand cut oak paneling, native sandstone and rural hospitality make it a place for great escapes.

Please visit the Granville Inn website for additional information.