On March 5, 1866, thirty-seven of the early settlers prepared a petition seeking incorporation of the Village of Grove City. The request was approved by the Franklin County Commissioners and the Ohio Secretary of State on March 13, 1866.
The settlement was the center of several large groves of trees left standing when the first settlers cleared the ground. None of these groves still stand but were know at one time as White’s Grove on North Broadway, Beulah Park Grove near the present race track and Grant Grove in the Woodlawn Avenue area on the south edge of the city.
The petition for incorporation reads as follows:
“The undersigned citizens and legal voters of the village of Grove City, in the township of Jackson, county of Franklin, hereby petition your honorable body for the incorporation of the above named village. Said proposed incorporated town is situated in Jackson Township, Franklin County, on the Columbus and Harrisburg Turnpike, six miles southwest of the City of Columbus, and being part of the Virginia Military Survey No. 1388 entered originally by Washington and Morgan, and accurate plat of said village being attached to this petition. The incorporated name of said town to be ‘Incorporation of Grove City’.”