Grove City Welcome Center and Museum

The mission of the Southwest Franklin County Historical Society (SWFCHS) is to bring together people interested in the history of southwestern Franklin County. Understanding our community’s history is basic to our way of life, gives us a better understanding of our state and nation, and promotes a better appreciation of our American heritage. The society’s major function is to discover and collect information, artifacts and materials that may establish or illustrate the history of our area. Our long-term goals include detailing the history of Grove City, identifying area historic sites and developing Century Village’s historical structures.

Southwest Franklin County Historical Society
3378 Park Street, Suite B, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Steve Jackson, President

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Local history is preserved at the Grove City Welcome Center and Museum, 3378 Park Street, in the historic Grove City Town Center. The museum showcases life in southwest Franklin County as it transformed from a farming community into a flourishing suburb houses through the display of artifacts and information representing the history of the area. Visitors discover how the families who moved here lived, worked and established a thriving small-town community. Southwest Franklin County Historical Society maintains rotating historic exhibits.

Grove City Welcome Center and Museum
3378 Park St., Grove City, OH 43123

Grove City Welcome Center and Museum Hours

  • Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon
  • Closed Sunday and Monday


New exhibits at the museum, on display through the end of June, include Native American arrowheads and artifacts dating back to around 2000 years old. Most of these items were found on the Haughn farm right here in Grove City. A display of 19th century cabinet cards and examples of the cameras used at the time are also featured. All the photographs on display are of Grove City residents or their relatives. Grove City’s rich history is explored in displays featuring the Farmer’s Exchange and Lumber Yard, a comparison of businesses on Broadway in 1928 and 2023, and a timeline of key events in the founding of Grove City. 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. Coming in April, visitors will enjoy a display of wedding dresses dating back to 1909.

Ford 1912 Model T
On permanent display is a 1912 Ford Model T Touring car complete with kerosene lanterns and a carbide gas system on the running board.

Bank Vault
Pictures and other items from Grove City businesses are showcased in the building’s original bank vault. Items include a 1940 register from Grove City Lumber, the old IGA sign and the large bank sign from the Grove City Savings Bank that sat on the corner of Park Street and Broadway.

Beulah Park Exhibit
Included in the exhibit is an entrance turnstile from the racetrack and memorabilia throughout the years including a binder of photos of champions and jockeys that guests may look through.

Jackson Township Fire Exhibit
Old firefighter gear including 1940’s and 1970’s fireman jackets and oxygen masks are on display as well as various photographs and artifacts from years past.

Grove City Division of Police Exhibit

The display includes Grove City Police emblems, patches, a hand-held radar gun and a uniform worn by past Chief of Police, Ronald Gabriel.

Examine many household items from years past in the Grove City Room. The exhibit includes a washing machine form 1896, a sewing machine from before 1890, a swing butter churn, early glassware and pen and ink drawings of Grove City buildings by local artist, Earl Nicholson. Enjoy a beautiful Victorian parlor complete with an early pump organ that still works. Other museum displays include Grove City High School graduating class pictures dating back to 1897, a nice collection of old yearbooks from local schools, a player piano, a Victrola that still plays 78 records and a working 1901 rug loom. The bell and upper-story stained glass window from the old Park Street School are also on permanent display.

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 collects, protects, preserves and researches 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 regarding 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!