The Granville Museum presents the history of the village outside

The Downtown Granville Historical Society Museum has added a new dimension, and you don’t have to go inside to see it.

Located outside and in front of the museum at 115 E. Broadway, between Park National Bank and St. Luke’s Church, are three history panels – information panels highlighting aspects of ancient history of Granville.

The weather-resistant boards – 18 inches by 20 inches – tell the stories of:

  • The Granville area prior to settlement in the early 19th century when Native Americans occupied the land, prior to the arrival of settlers from Granville, Mass., in 1805.
  • The arrival of Welsh settlers in 1801 and the development of the area northeast of the village of Granville, known as the Welsh Hills.
  • Downtown Granville as it developed from the early 19th century, with two of the earliest known photos of the Granville business district, circa 1850.

The storyboards were made possible by a grant from the Granville Community Foundation, inspired in part by similar panels located at the Village Pioneer Cemetery, Old Colony Burying Ground, and Maple Grove Cemetery.

It is hoped that the storyboards will generate enough interest among visitors and residents of Granville to come to the museum to learn more about the history of Granville.

Jodi Lavely, left, and Heidi Drake of the Granville Historical Society are pictured with the 'Granville's Broadway' storyboard, one of three information boards placed outside and in front of the museum.  Lavely is the Society's Office Administrator and Drake is the Chairman of the Board.

Erik Yassenoff, Chairman of the Society’s Exhibitions Committee, said, “The committee is exploring innovative approaches to expand beyond the constraints of existing exhibition space. In many ways, the outdoor grounds around the museum are underutilized exhibition space. first exhibit moving outdoors, as we hope to do more with the museum grounds in the future.”

Society office administrator Jodi Lavely said the idea for the storyboards came about six years ago when she was talking to another Society volunteer about artifacts outside the museum who had no description of what they are. The project gained momentum as more and more volunteers got involved.

An Ohio historical marker just inside the museum’s front door has for years chronicled the history of the 1816 stone structure that is one of Granville’s oldest buildings; now the front room of the museum. The Bank of the Alexandrian Society was the first occupant of the structure, as shown on the marker.

“It really doesn’t explain who we are – the people who are in this building right now and what we’re doing,” Lavely said of the marker. “So that was part of the idea – to provide something outside that people could read – kids could look at pictures – to make them a little more excited and interested in what we’re doing here.”

The three subjects survived a list of 13 ideas originally proposed for the project, including an introduction to how Granville was settled, a map of how the lots were divided, the rose of Granville and original settler families.

“We talk about the Granville rose all the time,” Lavely said of the rose cutting growing in the front garden that is native to the village, hinting there may be other information boards coming. ” It is over there. Why not have something that highlights it? »

The Society’s own archives department was a reliable source of information, maps and photos, and other photos were taken of the artifacts stored in the Society’s collections department.

The painting “Granville’s Early Residents” includes a map of Native American mounds in the area. An aerial photo of the Alligator Mound on the hill at the end of Bryn Du Drive was provided by Brad Lepper, senior archaeologist for the Ohio History Connection World Heritage Program, and there is a photo of the mound provided by the Archives of the society. Society photographer Ron Sherwood took pictures of Native American tools found in the area from the Society’s collection.

“Granville’s Welsh Hills” also features a map of the northeastern area of ​​Granville Township settled by newcomers from Wales, with drawings of prominent buildings that once stood in the area. There are also photos of an old log farmhouse circa 1890 and another of the last public spring, circa 1928. A circa 1966 photo of a panoramic view of the Welsh hills from a hilltop in the Evergreen Hills subdivision – the marriage of two of the photos provided by Lavely from family archives, sewn side by side – are also presented.

The “Granville’s Broadway” sign includes photos of the north side of the East Broadway business district. Since the museum is on the south side, the sign is located so viewers can look at the historic photos and compare them to what the business district looks like today. Most intriguing is the daguerreotype photo of the north side of downtown Broadway taken around 1850. A 1929 photo of the same block is also included. There are also photos of the less photographed south side of Broadway from the St. Luke’s Church building on the right, looking east towards South Prospect Street. The buildings east of the bank building were destroyed in a fire in 1927.

The “Earliest Residents” sign has been placed just inside the museum’s main gate to encourage people to enter.

Prior to finalizing the storyboards, area residents were invited to view them to provide feedback for possible improvements.

Historical Society Board Chair Heidi Drake said the storyboards help the organization continue its mission of sharing Granville’s story.

“The Granville Historical Society is dedicated to the history of this area and storyboards are a wonderful way to introduce people to some of the important aspects of our history as they walk through Granville,” she said. declared.

Inside the museum, visitors will find new exhibits in four halls this season, including ‘Early Water-Powered Industries in Granville’, ‘Introduction to Home Industries’, ‘Textiles and Fashion’ and ‘Shop and Visit Granville,” the latter showcasing a myriad of items that could be purchased in Granville shops from the mid-1800s through the 20th century. The “Industries” exhibit also features some of the first interactive elements the museum has ever featured.

The Society’s collection of books and publications, most of them written by Society members, can also be found inside, giving more depth to Granville’s history.

The Granville Historical Museum is open Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. until October; or by appointment.

Information transmitted by the Historical Museum of Granville.

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