Local history is further preserved at the Grove City Welcome Center and Museum, 3378 Park Street, in the historic Grove City Town Center. The museum, open weekdays and Saturdays on special occasions, houses artifacts and information on the history of the area. Southwest Franklin County Historical Society maintains rotating historic exhibits.
The Grove City Welcome Center and Museum showcases life in southwest Franklin County as it transformed from a farming community into a flourishing suburb. Visitors discover how the families who moved here lived, worked and established a thriving small-town community.
Open to the public:
Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Grove City Welcome Center and Museum
3378 Park St., Grove City, OH 43123
Local veterans uniforms, vintage photo and video cameras, a 1920 loom and a 1901 rug loom.
The oldest items on display are the 1853 baptismal dress of the first child born in the Village of Grove City and a civil-war era, wooden suitcase.
Ford 1912 Model T
Showcase of early travel including horse-drawn wagons, stagecoaches, traction trains, interurban cars and more
Pictures and other items from businesses including a 1940 cash register from Grove City Lumber
High school class pictures from the early days in the Village to about 1955
School desk from 1930s
Beulah Park Exhibit
Entrance turnstile and memorabilia throughout the years
Jackson Township Fire Exhibit
Photographs include an old barrel on wheels, the 1996 LP Gas fire and explosion
Old firefighter gear including 1940s and 1970s firemen jackets and oxygen masks
Grove City Division of Police Exhibit
Pictures and videos regarding the first K-9 unit in central Ohio
Dress uniform worn by long-time Chief Lightning Evans
Display of Grove City Police emblems, patches, hand-held radar gun
Earl Nicholson’s pencil drawings of Town Center buildings
Little Theatre Off Broadway miniature and photographs
Examine the many household items including a washing machine from 1896, sewing machine from 1920, Victrola which still plays 78 records, rotary dial telephones from the 1940s; and a 1930s, 16mm projector. Reminisce while viewing the photographs of Grove City churches, businesses, churches, events and residents through the years.
Museum staff will collect, protect, preserve and do our best to research the artifacts, documents and photographs that trace the rich history of Grove City and surrounding area through exhibits and historical research. We hold the pieces in our collection in trust for present and future generations. We are eager to display historical items either as a temporary loan to the museum, or you may donate your items (all donations are tax-deductible). Photographs and paper items may be brought in for us to digitally scan, then you can keep the originals! For more information on how you can be a part of the Grove City Museum, call 614-277-3061 or stop by the Museum at 3378 Park Street. We’d love to hear from you!