Miss Emma Tours

Group Package Tour

Be a guest at "Miss Emma's Table," named for a local socialite who lived beside the Ohio Statehouse in the 1800s. You'll be treated to an old-fashioned boarding style meal inside Ohio's Capitol Building. The group package tour is available to motor coach tours, clubs, office parties or other groups of 10 to 55. 

The Capitol Cafe offers a Victorian lunch or supper of regional home cooking served boarding house-style in the tradition of Miss Emma Jones, a historical figure who lived on Capitol Square. After the meal, visitors will be given a tour of the Ohio Statehouse, learning about the history and architecture of the building. 


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Availability

Miss Emma's Table availability is limited during the months of March, April and May due to a high volume of school group tours and busy legislative session days. 

How to Schedule a Miss Emma's Table For Your Group

Miss Emma's Table is designed for groups of 10-55. Please make your inquiries at least 90 days in advance of your event to assure availability. 

Contacts And For More Information

BOOK YOUR MEAL PORTION:
Milo's Catering and Banquet Services
614/224-0272
info@cateringbymilos.com 

BOOK YOUR TOUR PORTION: 
Barry Hayden, Manager of Educational Services
614/728-3726 1-888/OHIO-123
bhayden@csrab.state.oh.us 

Who Was Miss Emma?

Miss Emma was a socialite related to Columbus' founding families. She and her family often provided gracious hospitality in her home and at her table, offering hearty food for the leadership of the Ohio House and Senate, legislators from all corners of Ohio and officers of the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Miss Emma lived in her home on Capitol Square across from the Statehouse from 1850 to 1938. Miss Emma's home was built in 1850 and was the last private residence on the Square when it was demolished in 1939. 

Menu Options

Choose 2 main dishes and two side dishes 

Main Dishes:
Braised Beef in Homestyle Gravy
Herb-Roasted Quartered Chicken
Crispy Fried Chicken Breast
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Roasted Pork Loin 

Side Dishes:
Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Redskin Potatoes
Rice Pilaf
Seasonal Vegetable Medley
Corn on the Cob
Green Beans
Garden Tossed Salad 

All meals are served family style and include assorted seasonal desserts and a beverage service of coffee, tea and soft drinks. Other meal options can be created upon request - prices may vary. 

The Experiential Tour

As a part of the Miss Emma's Table experience, visitors will be treated to a tour of the Ohio Statehouse. Since 1861, the Ohio Statehouse has served as the literal and symbolic center of Ohio State Government. The building's striking Greek Revival architecture expresses the pride of citizens and their fondness for democratic ideals, first among them that all Ohioans are welcome and invited to participate in the process of governing. Restored to its original beauty, Capitol Square is a living monument to be shared with all who visit the buildings and grounds. 

The Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center staff and volunteers will provide a 45-minute tour. 

Tour Options

There are two tour options to choose from. Whichever tour you choose, you will take a step back in time and have an experience of a lifetime. 

The Classic Tour

The Classic Tour of the Ohio Statehouse is intended to introduce visitors to the buildings on Capitol Square. It includes a general overview of the history, art and architecture of the site and also its ongoing use as a working government building. The Classic Tour focuses on the Rotunda, Atrium and the Chambers which are still used by the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives as they make the laws of Ohio. 

Ohio Portals of History Tour

Bring history to life as you meet characters from the past at the Ohio Statehouse! The Ohio Portals of History Tour is a guided first-person tour that lasts about an hour. Visitors meet first-person interpreters who portray people who have either worked at or visited the Ohio Statehouse in the past or who are prominent figures in Ohio's history. These historical actors will talk about their experiences with the buildings and the surrounding area. This limited during the months of March, April and May due to the high volume of school group tours. The Ohio Portals of History Tour is not available on weekends. 

The Fees

WEEKDAY
Boarding House-Style Lunch Preferred seating at 11 a.m. OR 1:30 p.m. $14.95 per person plus tax and 18% gratuity. 

Boarding House-Style Supper Preferred seating at 5 p.m. $19.95 per person plus tax and 18% gratuity. 

A deposit of 50 percent of total charges due, including tax, is required to confirm booking of your event. 

A $120 charge for the tour is assessed to all after-hour evening tours. 

WEEKEND
Boarding House-Style Lunch Preferred seating at 11 a.m. OR 1:30 p.m. $19.95 per person plus tax and 18% gratuity. 

Boarding House-Style Supper Preferred seating at 5 p.m. $19.95 per person plus tax and 18% gratuity. 

A deposit of 50 percent of total charges due, including tax, is required to confirm booking of your event. 

A $120 charge for the tour is assessed to all weekend tours. 

The Driver and Escort Amenities

Professional drivers and escorts of tours are offered special amenities and conveniences when bringing a tour to Capitol Square. 

Convenient Parking - All buses unload their passengers on the Third Street entrance (east side) of the Statehouse complex. Third Street runs one-way, north to south. Once unloaded, buses may park at the curb on State Street (south side of the Statehouse) across from the Ohio Theater or on Broad Street (north side of the Statehouse). Drivers may turn off their bus engines, lock and leave the buses or stay with them. The Statehouse strongly urges all drivers to turn off their engines in consideration of the environment and numerous air intake ducts on buildings in the vicinity. Passengers may be picked up when they are leaving Capitol Square at the Third Street entrance, or walk to board their bus on State Street. 

Complimentary Meal - Drivers and escorts will be served a complimentary lunch or supper that the visiting group has selected. A carryout meal will be delivered by staff to a driver who elects to stay with his or her vehicle. 

Groups Larger Than 55

Large group meals at the Statehouse may become a special event when the group tour exceeds 55 people. Non-profit organizations such as veterans groups, reunions or civic organizations may use the Statehouse facilities for a breakfast, lunch, dinner or a reception and program. 

The Statehouse is able to accommodate large groups of up to 400 people at a seated meal and up to 600 at a standing reception. Seating groups of 55 or more individuals requires additional costs for rental and service staff. 

The Statehouse Special Events team is pleased to offer assistance to suit the needs of your large group. Visit the Events tab or contact Connie Derikito, Special Events Manager, at cderikito@csrab.state.oh.us or at 614/752-9777.