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.
Century Village guided tours are available for school groups, clubs or civic organizations, and out-of-town visitor tour groups. Visitors can walk through Century Village during daylight hours without scheduling a tour but guided tours must be scheduled in advance to have buildings open. Guided tours require an advance payment of $1 per person for school groups; $3 for adult groups ($45 minimum). To Schedule a Tour, Please use our Tour Request page under the Contact menu. Please call 614-277-3061 or email a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Grove City Welcome Center and Museum, 3378 Park Street, Grove City Town Center, is open to the public Monday through Friday without charge. Group tours, which includes a PowerPoint presentation and hands-on access to museum items, requires a fee of $1 per person during normal business hours. There is no fee for a group to walk through the museum. Group tours, after normal museum hours, requires a minimum charge of $45. Guided tours must be scheduled in advance. Parking is free. To Schedule a Tour, Please use our Tour Request page under the Contact menu. Please call 614-277-3061 or email a request to email@example.com.