All Festivals at Century Village and Exhibits at the Museum are free events; no charge for parking. Donations are accepted.
Century Village is located one mile south of Grove City (Rt. 62) at 4185 Orders Road.
Grove City Welcome Center and Museum is in the Town Center, 3378 Park Street.
HERITAGE CELEBRATION at Century Village, Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday, June 4, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Get a taste of everyday life in an emerging Ohio farm community in the late 1800s. Building tours, interactions with re-enactors and demonstrations as history comes to life among the buildings at Century Village. Bluegrass music will fill the air throughout the day. Step into the blacksmith shop to see an actual blacksmith demonstrate customary metal forging techniques; toss horseshoes, taste hardtack, use a washboard to clean clothes, saw wood and experience the art of making rope. Wander through the log cabins and barns, a one-room school house, general store and the Farm Museum at the Bob Evans Barn. At 1 p.m. Saturday, the Ohio Village Muffins baseball team will challenge the Century Village Greyhounds to a vintage game that follows the rules of 1860. An outdoor non-denominational church service is planned Sunday at 10 a.m. This annual event is sponsored by the City of Grove City in cooperation with the Southwest Franklin County Historical Society. Admission and parking is free. Food, drinks and crafts are available to purchase.
OLD TIME HARVEST DAY at Century Village, Sunday, Oct. 1 from 1-5 p.m. Grove City and surrounding townships were farm areas for many years growing grains and mostly hogs. Conditions for the original settlers were harsh but they were successful in placing drainage tile to remove ground water creating ideal farming conditions. This festival recognizes that hard work and brings that time period to life. Some of the special hands on activities include shelling and grinding corn, milking a cow, games and carriage rides. Visit the log buildings and picture yourself living at the time. Try your hand at pumping water into a bucket outside one of the cabins. Take a “look” inside one of the “two seat” outhouses.
CENTURY VILLAGE OPEN HOUSE is scheduled the fourth Saturday each month from May through September rain or shine. All buildings will be open and representatives from the Historical Society will be on hand to answer questions and act as guides. The Saturdays the Village will be open 2-4 p.m. are: May 27, June 24, July 22, Aug. 26 and Sept. 23.
April — EARLY LIFE in GROVE CITY and the townships is showcased now at the Grove City Welcome Center and Museum through April. A variety of household items including crocks, irons, record players and much more can be viewed. Ask a museum representative to experience the sounds of a 100 year old Edison phonograph. Learn about party lines, hand crank telephones and view a turn of the Century wooden washing machine. Have you seen our photo wall of graduates from Grove City and Jackson Township High School?
May, June — VIEW A COLLECTION OF WEDDING DRESSES during May and June. Learn that white only became a popular color, or non-color, around 1840. Share some stories on one of our Memories sheets about weddings in your family.
May — MILITARY HONORED during May. Memorial Day is May 29 and we will have a month long exhibit of military attire. Ask to see a PowerPoint on Memorial Day and Veterans Day in our conference room. Those serving in the military and veterans will again be recognized in November on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
May — TAKE A PIECE OF HISTORY HOME on Saturday, May 20 from the Museum. We will have a private collection of newspapers and magazines from the late 1800s on display. Items will be sold for $1 or less each with all proceeds benefiting the museum. Even if you don’t buy anything, it will be a nice time to walk back in time.
May – MEMORIAL DAY includes a parade through the Town Center on May 29. Sponsored by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, the parade begins at Our Lady of Perpetual Help at 11 a.m. and will stop for a brief ceremony at City Hall before it continues to Grove City Cemetery for Memorial Day services. The Grove City Welcome Center and Museum, 3378 Park Street, will be open from 10 a.m. until noon with a military display.
June – HERITAGE CELEBRATION at Century Village, Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday, June 4, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. See FESTIVALS above for more information.
July — COMMUNITY YARD SALE at Century Village Saturday is July 8 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Donations are accepted as part of a Society fund raising effort except for clothing, large furniture or exercise equipment. Individuals who would like to have their own space can contact Steve Jackson at 614-871-0081. Cost is $25 to participate with yard sale items or crafts.
July – GRANT-SAWYER HOME GRAND OPENING, 4126 Haughn Road at Park Street is planned for July 1. Continue the celebration of Grove City’s Sesquicentennial with the ribbon cutting for the historic renovation of the Grant-Sawyer Home, the ancestral home of the Grant family, one of the founding families of Jackson Township. The house, which appears on the National Register of Historic Places along with the Gantz Farmhouse, features a Greek revival style that dates to the 1840s. The City of Grove City undertook the painstaking process of renovating the property to reflect the history of the house so it could be shared with the public. Watch local newspapers or check www.grovecityohio.gov for more information.
December — CHRISTMAS at CENTURY VILLAGE is planned for Friday, Dec. 9. The Open House at the Village will be from 4 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The Village will be decorated much as it would have been in the mid-1800’s with live greenery. This has been a popular destination each year for families. The evening will include music, tours and some surprise activities. Mark your calendar now to attend. This is a free event; no charge for parking. Donations are accepted.
December — CHRISTMAS at the MUSEUM will run from Dec. 1 through Dec. 29. The entire building is decked out in holiday decorations including more than 15 Christmas trees. The exhibit area will include Snoopy characters, a village with a model train, stuffed animals, water features and much more. Check out the toys of yesteryears and recall some childhood memories. Children with their parents are allowed to activate motion exhibits. Pictures are encouraged. It’s a fun event for both children and adults.
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