About Us

Mission and History

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

Our Museum, located in the center of historic downtown Pickerington, tells the story of Pickerington-Violet Township. Admission is free.

Artifacts include a Pickerington town pump, restored 1879 Taber pump organ, Native American artifacts collected around Pickerington, the cooking stove and photos from Moore's Pool Hall, photos of our high school graduating classes from 1909-1981, and much more.

A reference area is available for public research of historic documents, directories, and photos, along with a searchable database of all graves in Violet Cemetery. 

Getting Involved

We 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: 

  • Becoming a member. Click for Membership Application and more information.
  • Volunteering to help at our Museum on Saturdays, for tours, or special events. For more information or to sign up, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Stephanie Johnson (right in photo) at "Contact Us" below or visit Volunteer Sign Up to choose a date/event. 
  • Donating an object/document of local historical interest, or making a monetary contribution at the "Donate Now" box. 


New Historical Museum Lift

Pickerington Historian, Gary Taylor, tries out the lift recently installed at our Museum. The lift enables visitors who cannot negotiate  steps at the front entrance of the former Carnegie Library to see main level exhibits. The lift, available during official Museum hours, is located at the rear of the building via a sidewalk/ramp off of Lockville Road.  

Our thanks to the City of Pickerington and Violet Township for coordinating this project. The lift was purchased through grants the Historical Society received from PNC Bank and Fairfield County foundations.

Afternoon at the Museum

"Afternoon at the Museum" re-enactors

A large crowd gathered Sunday afternoon, September 16, to meet inhabitants of our Historical Museum who lived in Pickerington's past. Re-enactors who presented 

their stories are (from left):  

Andrew Carnegie (portrayed by Ralph Portier); W.B. "Doc" Taylor (Gary Taylor); 

Ray Wetherell (Kevin Wetherall); 

Anna Milnor Young (Mariah Gabel); 

Cleo Mason Richter (Deb Boerema); 

and Abe Pickering (John Cooper). 

Book Signing at Museum

Images of America: Canal Winchester

Ronald Weaver will be at the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Museum to sell, sign, and answer questions about his new book "Images of America: Canal Winchester", on Saturday Sept. 29, from 10:00am - 1:00pm. The book contains rare images about the town platted in 1828 and named "Winchester". Weaver has been an officer and trustree of the Canal Winchester Area Historiclal Society. Most of the book's images are from that organization. The author holds a bachelor of arts in history and political science from Ohio University and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Dayton. 

Contact Us

Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society

15 East Columbus Street, Pickerington, Ohio 43147, United States

Leave a voicemail at (614) 382-5989. We will return your call.

Museum Hours:

Our Historical Museum is open every Saturday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. 

If you missed us this past Saturday, check out this website or Drop Us A Line!

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The generous support and contributions from people like you enable us to collect and preserve local history for future generations. The Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Your donation may be tax deductible. Please contact your tax advisor for information.

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