Our Historical Museum is closed until the coronavirus crisis ends.
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:
Postmarked October 1911, this vintage postcard was sent to Miss Cleo Mason, daughter of Jennie and Phil Mason who owned Mason's Meat Market. The card bears a 1-cent U.S. postage stamp and is part of a postcard collection in our Historical Museum.
Mason's Meat Market still stands on West Columbus Street in Olde Pickerington Village and is part of a self-quided tour that can be taken anytime with the help of a printed guide available in a box outside the front of our Historical Museum at 15 E. Columbus Street.
"Scary Larry" is part of Fairfield County's annual October "Trail of Scarecrows".
Scary Larry, who hangs out in front of our Museum located at the corner of Lockville Road and Columbus Street in Olde Pickerington Village, is one of 30-some Halloween displays that can be seen throughout Pickerington.
To get a map of Scarecrow locations in Pickerington -- or any of the other 13 communities with Scarecrow Trails within Fairfield County -- simply go to:
Oct 5, 1914: Pickerington's Violet Grange was organized by 35 area farm families. On February 22, 1954 the group held its first meeting in their new hall (see above photo) at 36 Lockville Road.
Oct 21, 1974: Arsonists set fire to the Pickerington High School library. Seven fire departments worked for two hours to control the fire.
Oct 27, 1907: A 6-room brick school house containing Violet Township's first high school opened on East Street. The expanded building now houses Heritage Elementary and PLSD offices.
Oct 28, 1927: A great fire destroyed the Breakbill Hotel at the NW corner of Columbus and Center Streets -- where a Pickerington community park and gazebo now stand.
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 on the Second Saturday of each month from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and during special community events.
Details about 2020 history education programs and special events at our Museum can be seen in the "Events" section of this website.
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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.
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