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:
A box, once filled with bottles of Dr. D. Jayne's Expectorant, recently was donated to our Historical Society Museum by Pickerington resident, Clyde Muse. He acquired this and other donated vintage items from the former Kraner's General Store when he purchased the Lockville Road building in 1994.
Dr. Jayne's Expectorant was advertised "for coughs, colds, and all diseases of the lungs". Takers could purchase a "Half Size" for "Half a Dollar". Dr. Jayne's medicines sold from circa 1831-1930. His Expectorant's staple ingredients were said to be: ipecac, opium, and digitalis.
Bearing a 1-cent stamp, this "Thanksgiving Greetings" postcard was mailed to "Mary Snoke, Pickerington Ohio" on November 27, 1907 from "Ida" who wrote: "We will try to come down if nothing happens."
Mary Snoke, a widow, purchased and operated the Central Hotel (27 W. Columbus Street in Olde Pickerington Village) in 1906 and operated it until her death in 1932. Mary Snoke served family-style dinners for 50 cents which included pie or cake! The building also served as a dental parlor for visiting dentists and a music studio for piano teachers.
Nov 4, 1987: Lee Gray, a 20-year old pre-law student at Ohio State, won one of 3 seats up for election on the Pickerington Village Council.
Nov 8, 1902: Dr. Georgia Finley (see her photo above) began her medical practice in Pickerington on this date. She was president of the Violet Township Library's first board of trustees and instrumental in bringing the Carnegie Library to Pickerington.
Nov 26, 1950: Thirty-one inches of snow fell on Fairfield County in four days!
Nov 27, 1970: Carlton Good retired as volunteer firefighter of Violet Township Fire Department. He served nearly 40 years, many of these as chief.
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 Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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