Covid-19 has closed our Historical Museum until it is safe to reopen.
The Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society has been an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization since 1987. Its mission is to preserve our community's past for future generations to see and use.
Our Historical Society has maintained a museum in the community's Carnegie Library since 1993 -- the year the library moved into its new facility. The Carnegie Library originally opened in 1916 with the aid of a $10,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie. The building remains one of the few Carnegie-financed buildings that exist in Central Ohio.
Our Museum, located in the center of historic downtown Pickerington, tells the story of Pickerington-Violet Township. Admission is free.
Artifacts include prehistoric Native American tools and weapons collected around Pickerington, an original town pump, restored 1879 Taber pump organ, the cooking stove and photos once residing inside Moore's Pool Hall, photos of our high school graduating classes from 1909-1981, and much more.
A reference and reading area is available for public research of historic documents, directories, and photos, along with a searchable database of all graves in Violet Cemetery.
We are an all-volunteer organization and depend upon the generosity of our Historical Society members, Museum visitors, and the community for support and funding of projects and programs. You can help by:
On May 30, 1909, the first graduation ceremonies were held at the Violet Township High School on East Street in Pickerington. The first graduation class consisted of Guy Fishbaugh, Rue Fishbaugh, Amy Lyons and Perlie Milnor. All went on to attain college degrees.
20-year old Raymond "Kayo" Williamson, who just returned home from serving in WWII, opened his Sunoco station at the corner of West Columbus Street and Hill Road in 1946. At the time, gasoline cost 15.9 cents per gallon and tires were $9.95 each. Eventually, Williamson purchased more land behind the station and built the larger station seen in this 1958 photo.
The station's underground gasoline storage tanks were removed in 1992, but the business continued handling vehicle repairs until 2004. Although both Kayo and Lois Wiliamson have passed away, the property still is held by their children.
May 2, 1901: The above photo above shows a crew of 9 men installing the first telephones in Pickerington at the corner of Center & Columbus Streets.
May 9, 1901: Earl Lonzo Moore, Pickerington native and pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, pitched 9 perfect innings against the Chicago Americans, the first no-hitter in the American League. However, the Indians lost the game in extra innings.
May 12, 1983: The Pickerington Board of Education purchased the first computer equipment for the high school and middle school.
15 East Columbus Street, Pickerington, Ohio 43147, United States
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Our Historical Museum currently is closed. When the coronavirus crisis ends, the Museum will reopen for Saturday Open Houses, tours, and special events.
Details about 2021 history education programs and special events at our Museum can be seen in the "Events" section of this website.
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The Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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