Topping off ceremony for the new Annex construction.

Work has been underway since January 1st. 

Horseshoe Balcony

Welcome to The Woodward

The Woodward Opera House was conceived and built by Ebenezer Woodward in 1851 in the heart of Downtown Mount Vernon, Ohio.  Considering that Mount Vernon was truly a frontier town at that time, this magnificent four-story structure certainly towered above all of the smaller wood frame buildings popping up around the evolving downtown area.

Woodward's intent was to create a place for commerce.  A significant element in his plan was to invite the public to his upper story meeting hall for entertainment and fun in the evening hours.  Woodward realized the value of hosting community events and how that positively impacted the businesses in the building.

In order to be successful in our restoration and redevelopment project, the Woodward team will be applying the same basic business practices to assure the facility will be commercially profitable, all the while serving the needs of our community through programs in arts, culture, public discourse, and education.

We invite you to be part of our exciting journey in your visit to our website.  Please take a few minutes to watch our video presentations and scan our photo gallery for a view of the magnitude of the restoration effort.


Pat Crow, Project Manager

Woodward Restoration Project


Donate Today

To complete the final phase of the project, we need your help! Consider making your tax deductible donation today.
To complete the final phase of the project, we need your help! Consider making your tax deductible

Latest News

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October 14, 2016
Today we celebrated the Woodward Top Off Ceremony! This beam was signed by community leaders, supporters, and volunteers of the Woodward project ...
May 05, 2016
The past few months have been a rush of activity and excitement here in The Woodward. Contractors have been swarming the interior (and exterior) of

Contact Information

The Woodward Opera House,

107 South Main Street
Mount Vernon, OH 43050

(740) 392-6102
(800) 837-5282

[email protected]


Engage arts and community leadership to authentically restore the Woodward Opera House into a fully functional theater operation, develop the overall Woodward facility into a contemporary self-sustaining arts center for community interaction, become a catalyst for excellence in education, encourage civic engagement, and enrich the quality of life in the Mount Vernon ~ Knox County, Ohio area.