West Union, Ohio
West Union is the home of the William Lafferty Museum of Funeral and Carriage Collection. The museum of antique hearses and other funeral service vehicles dates from the mid-19th century, and includes more than 4000 pieces of memorabilia.
For such a small town, West Union is rich in history and has become the focal point of the county. 3000 residents call this town home. It’s a bustling town, where daily activities revolve around the Courthouse, shopping and hospital. It’s big enough to offer all the services you’ll want, but small enough to know everyone by name. Next to turn of the century buildings you’ll find traditional ranches and modest frame homes. New residents looking for the charm of small town life will find the pastoral charms of Adams County just may woo them to stay.
At 70 miles from Cincinnati, West Union is a five-minute drive off the James A. Rhodes Appalachian Highway (St. Rt. 32). The city sits at the junction of St. Rt. 125, St. Rt. 41 and St Rt. 247, providing a central location for most county services. St. Rt. 41 is also known as Zane’s Trace, Ohio’s first authorized road. Alexander Salamon Airport serves the region. Dayton International Airport is 60 minutes away. The Greater Cincinnati International Airport is a 80-90 minute drive to Northern Kentucky.
Adams County Regional Medical Center is transitioning from a small county-owned hospital here, to a larger location near Seaman along Ohio 32. Plans call for the hospital to double in size adding a bigger emergency department, upgraded cancer services, and more operating rooms. The new location is expected to open in November 2006. Hospitals facilities in Cincinnati are 60 minutes away.
This is where most Adams County residents come to shop. As the county seat, abundant shopping can be found either downtown or in the nearby shopping areas southeast of West Union on St. Rt. 247. West Union features its own department store and numerous specialty shops. A must to visit is Blake’s Pharmacy that houses one of three historic soda fountains left in the state.
Just outside the city numerous lakes, state forests and preserves are just waiting for the outdoor lover to come explore. Adams Lake State Park is a well-known fishing site; several state nature preserves are home to rare butterflies, unusual dolomite cliffs and sinkholes. The Edge of Appalachia Preserve covers 12,000 acres of woodlands and is drawing national attention for its scenic beauty. There’s lots to do here both indoors and out; West Union is where Adam’s County comes to play.