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
  • Volunteering to help at our Museum on Saturdays, for tours, or special events. For more information or to sign up, contact Volunteer Coordinator Cristie Hammond 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. 


Coming Up December 14 and December 17

Historical Society volunteers will be ready to wrap your gift purchases at Pickerington's Barnes & Noble Booksellers from 10 AM until 8 PM on Thursday, December 14; and from Noon until 8 PM on Sunday December 17. 

Donations to benefit our non-profit Historical Society will be happily accepted by our 

gift-wrapping volunteers.

The Dovel Family Exhibit

For the remainder of 2017, Museum visitors can explore the lives and homes of Pickerington's pioneer Dovel family. 

On display are clothing, jewelry and other accessories, a baby carriage, marriage certificate, photos, and other items that once belonged to the Dovels during the 

19th and 20th centuries. 

Be sure to ask for a photo-map so you and your family can drive by the five Dovel homes that still exist in our community. 

Recent Museum Events

Halloween 2017 featured giant spiders, fortunes, a prize wheel, and trick-or-treaters at our "Haunted Museum". The special evening opening of the Museum was part of Pickerington's annual "Haunted Village" sponsored by the city's Parks and Recreation Department. Be sure to visit our Museum for special $1 and $2 "stocking stuffer" gifts (notecards, vintage tree ornaments, key rings, and more) any Saturday through December 16 between the hours of 10 AM and 1 PM.  

Contact Us

Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society

15 East Columbus St. (Mail to: PO Box 732), Pickerington OH 43147

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

Museum Hours:

Saturdays 10 AM-1PM

April - Mid-December

Admission is FREE!

Other times by appointment. To schedule, phone or Drop Us A Line!

Drop us a line!


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.

 Thank you!

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