About Nelsonville Main Street

Main Street is a nationwide program designed to enhance downtown business districts by improving economic management, strengthening public participation, and making downtowns a fun place to visit.

Click here to download a pdf map showing the many Main Street communities across Ohio.

How does Main Street work?

By building on the inherent assets already located in the downtown - rich architecture, personal service, traditional values and most of all, a sense of place. The Main Street Program uses a four point approach to achieve results through the creation of four committees:

These committees are the backbone of the Main Street Program as they engage downtown merchants, civic groups, and community volunteers to participate in everything from planning to project implementation.

Why Nelsonville?

From its rich history, diverse heritage & traditional values Nelsonville epitomizes the type of community to be used as a model for Main Street. Nelsonville's commitment to enriching its historical assets and celebrating its heritage by encouraging people to appreciate our local historic resources has allowed us to strengthen our regional identity and local pride while attracting visitors from around the country.

How will Main Street Support our town?

As a Main Street community, Nelsonville will be joining a coast-to-coast movement led by the National Main Street Center involving more than 1,000 community programs across the country. Together, these programs have produced an investment in downtown districts of more than $5 billion and spurred the rehabilitation of countless historic structures.

Mission

The mission of Nelsonville Main Street, Inc. is to utilize partnerships in order to revitalize downtown Nelsonville, preserve the historic character of the community, and improve the quality of life for all.

Vision

The Nelsonville Main Street Association envisions a historic downtown business district that is alive, inviting and thriving while retaining its friendly hometown charm. We want a downtown that the entire community can feel proud of and enthusiastically share with family and visitors

Method

The Main Street Program uses a four point approach to achieve results through the creation of four central committees. These committees are the backbone of the Main Street Program as they engage downtown merchants, civic groups, and community volunteers to participate in everything from planning to project implementation.

About Nelsonville

Fountain on the {ublic Square

The City of Nelsonville is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Southeastern Ohio. It was settled in 1814 and incorporated in 1838 with Charles Cable elected as its first mayor. The town grew into a regional mining center with the completion of the Columbus and Hocking Valley Railroad in 1869. In the early 1900s more tons of coal were shipped from its mines by railroad and canal than from any other city in the country.

With a current population of approximately 5,200 people, the city has struggled to rebuild its economy after the downturn of the coal mining industry and other extractive industries such as timber during the 1930-40’s. Despite economic hardships, the people of Nelsonville have worked hard to preserve their community and the amazing assets that lie within its borders. Over the course of the 70-80’s there were a series of investments in the community including the restoration of the Stuart’s Opera House, construction of new public facilities, and private and public improvement projects. Nelsonville changed to a City Charter form of government in 1995.

Get Involved

How can you help?

Main Street is based on widespread community support and your opinion counts! Individuals can become involved by volunteering their time on one of the four committees. Expectations for a committee member include:

Contact

Nelsonville Main Street, Inc.
P.O. Box 6
Nelsonville, OH 45764
(740) 753-4863