Located just off the Appalachian Highway in southwest Ohio, about 60 miles west of Cincinnati, the town of Seaman is home to just over 1,000 people, as of 2009. Along with its modest population, the village is also small in size, covering only one square mile of land. Residents and visitors have several options for things to do in Seaman and the surrounding Adams County towns and villages.
Just a 15-minute drive east from Seaman in the town of Peebles sits the historic site of Serpent Mound (greatserpentmound.com), the country's largest serpent effigy created by the Fort Ancient culture over 1,000 years ago. The Adams County Historical Society (no website; 507 N. Cherry St., West Union; 937-544-8522), 15 minutes away in West Union, includes a genealogical collection, museum and historic log home. Other historical sites in the area include the John T. Wilson Homestead (johntwilsonhomestead.com), located eight minutes outside Seaman in Tranquility, which was once part of the Underground Railroad, and the Harshaville Covered Bridge (no website; 6450 Graces Run Rd.,West Union), also in West Union, which was used by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.
Southwest Ohio is rich in natural beauty, and several Seaman area attractions give residents the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. Mineral Springs Lake Farms (no website; 160 Bluegill Rd., Peebles; 937-587-3132), located 15 minutes away in Peebles, offers visitors a chance to experience the healing powers of the natural mineral springs. It features rustic campgrounds for those looking for an authentic camping experience with just the basics. At Adams Lake State Park (dnr.state.oh.us), 15 minutes south in West Union, guests participate in boating, fishing, picnicking and hiking on the nearly 50 acres that make up the park and lake. The park also has a playground for kids and horseshoe pits.
Seaman restaurants include chain favorites such as McDonalds (mcdonalds.com) and Gold Star Chili (goldstarchili.com), both located in downtown Seaman. Other local eateris include Giovanni's Pizza for pizza and hoagies (no website; 105 1st St., Seaman; 937-386-2121) and Cruisers Diner (no website; 155 Stern Dr., Seaman; 937-386-3330) with old-fashioned diner fare.
Seaman and the surrounding area provide a number of seasonal activities. The East Bend Twin Drive-In (no website; Hwy. 125, Russelville; 937-373-1307), located 20-minutes away in Russelville, features dual movie screens showing two movies each night during the summer months. Open year-round, the Murphin Ridge Inn (murphinridgeinn.com) is located outside West Union, less than 10 minutes from Seaman, and offers spring and summer activities that include swimming, tennis, croquet, horseshoes, basketball and shuffleboard. Come fall and winter, guests enjoy fall foliage, hiking, bonfires and relaxing in front of the inn's fireplace.