It’s that time of year again. I’m in the store wrestling another mother for the last pack of No. 2 pencils and a Star Wars lunch box. For me, it’s just getting my son ready for first grade, but other parents are getting their kids ready for their first day of college.
While you are away getting your kids set up in their dorms, why not make a trip out of it? Friends of mine recently sent their child off to Wilberforce University, so I researched ideas of what was nearby for them to do. Here were my suggestions:
Wilberforce University, located in southwest Ohio near Dayton, is the oldest private African-American university in the United States and a tourist attraction in its own right. Some of the greatest minds, like sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois, taught there. The city, named after abolitionist William Wilberforce, was a stop on the Underground Railroad and is also home to another historically black university, Central State University. Tourist attractions include the home of Charles Young, the highest ranking African-American officer in the U.S. Army until after World War I and the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center.
Book a stay at Victoria’s Bed and Breakfast, close by in Xenia, and celebrate another milestone in your life accomplished. The beautiful, historic Victorian mansion has five bedrooms and the whole building can be rented out for business conferences or other events.
When you are looking for a place to eat, take a short trip to historic Clifton Mills restaurant, in Clifton for breakfast or lunch. It’s the perfect place for beautiful scenery, nostalgic memorabilia and the biggest pancakes you’ve ever seen!
For an evening out, visit Peach’s Bar and Grill in Yellow Springs, where live bands perform hip-hop, blues and reggae music.
Go back over Labor Day weekend to check on your student to make sure he or she is keeping their head in the books and then attend the Dayton Classic VIII for a weekend of events, including a golf scramble and a football game with Central State’s Marauders against the Stillman College Tigers.
My friends were surprised by all the great things there are to do and see around Wilberforce, and look forward to sharing with me some new discoveries. As always, I’m open to suggestions!