Until further notice, all SWFCHS facilities – Century Village, the Grant-Sawyer House, and the Welcome Center and Museum – are closed to the public. The grounds of Century Village are open, however.
The annual Fall Harvest Festival is cancelled, as are Open House events at this time. The first regular Society general meeting is scheduled for October.
The Southwest Franklin County Historical Society meets the first Tuesday each month at 7:00 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 3220 Columbus St., Grove City, Ohio. Meetings are open to the public. Visitors are always welcome. View the Contact page for membership information, publications and a copy of our Constitution.
HISTORIC START. The idea to create a permanent historical society came during a chance meeting between Earl Nicholson and Bill and Barbara Howison in 1982 at the Grove City Public Library. The first officers included Dick Riester, president; Barbara Howison, secretary; and Herman Grossman, treasurer. There were 27 charter members including: Bill Buckley, Audrey Cox, Richard Davis, Bill and Marlyn England, Wilbur Gantz, Marilyn Gibboney, Betty and Herman Grossman, John Hampson, Wilma Jean Marcum, Barbara and Bill Howison, Alfred Jackson, Steve Jackson, Christine Jenkins, Pat Muzyka, Earl Nicholson, Jack Peitsmeyer, Byron Rader, Hulda Rader, Dick Riester, Meg Scott, Judy Suttles, Marie Thompson, and Hank White.
The purpose of the Society shall be to bring together people interested in the history of the City of Grove City, Village of Urbancrest and the townships of Jackson, Pleasant, Prairie and Franklin, all located within Southwest Franklin County.
Century Village, 4185 Orders Road, Grove City, Ohio, is open free of charge during the Heritage Celebration in the spring and for the Old Time Harvest Festival in the fall. It is open on the fourth Saturday each month from 2-4 p.m., June through September. The Grove City Welcome Center and Museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Tuesdays until 8 p.m. During Farmers Market, the Museum is open Saturdays from 8 a.m. until Noon. Call 614-277-3061 for other hours. The Museum is closed on holidays. There is no admission to visit and walk through the Museum. For more information or to schedule a tour visit our Tour Request page.