Grove City has planned history-focused, community activities to celebrate 170 years of the city’s founding by William Foster Breck in 1852, beginning with a kick-off event at 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9, at the restored 1830s Grant-Sawyer Home, 4124 Haughn Road. All are invited to help ring in the official start of the city’s celebration and enjoy an actor portrayal of William Foster Breck by Glen Garcia and an entertaining performance by Jackson Middle School’s Spark of Class show choir, directed by Amy Rist.

Fun, family-friendly activities are planned through Saturday, Sept. 17, coinciding with Grove City’s participation in the Ohio History Connection’s Ohio Open Doors, a statewide event when building and landmark owners and operators open their doors to the public for free tours and programs. Residents and visitors are invited to visit the historic sites of Grove City, including the Grant-Sawyer Home, Relieffe Grant Barn and the 30th anniversary of the Gardens at Gantz, and participate in activities highlighting our community’s beginning. Bring a picnic and spend an afternoon on the lawn of the Grant-Sawyer Home then tour the house, decorated with period furnishings.

Friday, Sept. 9, 6-7 p.m. | Kick-off to the 170th Celebration
Help ring in the official start of the city’s celebration and enjoy a portrayal of William Foster Breck by Glen Garcia and a performance by Jackson Middle School’s Spark of Class show choir, directed by Amy Rist.
Grant-Sawyer Home, 4124 Haughn Road

Saturday, Sept. 10, Noon-4 p.m. | 40th Anniversary of Southwest Franklin County Historical Society/Welcome Center and Museum Open House
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Southwest Franklin County Historical Society with a Museum Open House, part of Grove City’s participation in Ohio Open Doors, a program sponsored by the Ohio History Connection and featuring daily events in participating communities throughout the state.
Grove City Welcome Center and Museum, 3378 Park St.

Sunday, Sept. 11, Noon-4 p.m. | Military Encampment at Century Village
Grove City’s rich history comes to life with the 113th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company C, from the Civil War Encampment, part of Grove City’s participation in Ohio Open Doors, a program sponsored by the Ohio History Connection featuring daily events in participating communities throughout the state. The original company mustered in at Camp Chase Oct. 24, 1862, and included Jonas Orders who once lived on the land that makes up Fryer Park today.
Century Village in Fryer Park, 4185 Orders Road

Monday, Sept. 12, 6:30-8 p.m. | History of Grove City, Laura Lanese
Author Laura Lanese has performed extensive research into Grove City. Join her as she shares some of this knowledge about how a village carved out of Ohio’s wilderness in 1852 grew into the City of Grove City.  Though the population has surpassed 42,000 residents, Grove City has retained its small-town appeal while offering residents and visitors an unmatched history.
Grove City Library, 3959 Broadway

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 5-7 p.m. | 30th Anniversary of the Gardens at Gantz/Open House
This unique, premier destination in Central Ohio brings history to life through plants and activities allowing visitors and participants to make tangible connections to the community’s past through sight, touch and taste while preserving a historically significant property. Tour the gardens, labyrinth and farmhouse to learn the history of the home, farm and park carved from the property of the Gantz family, among the earliest settlers of Jackson Township. The garden tour is part of Grove City’s participation in Ohio Open Doors, a program sponsored by the Ohio History Connection and featuring daily events in participating communities throughout the state.
The evening features a tree planting honoring the memory of Barbara Williams, designer of the Gardens at Gantz Farm herb gardens.
Gantz Park, 2255 Home Road

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 6:30-8 p.m. | Historical lecture, “Trouble on Scioto’s Waters,” Janet Shailer
The importance of the Scioto River watershed to Ohio’s early history should not be underestimated. Author Janet Shailer shares her knowledge on the history of the Scioto River and its tributaries. Now tranquil, they were once hotbeds of activity Paleo and Woodland Indians used them as major transportation routes for hundreds of years before European fur trappers arrived. The Scioto River system remained important for frontiersmen and missionaries.
Grove City Library, 3959 Broadway

Thursday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m. | Historic Bike Tour with Heritage Cycles
Embark on a 10-mile historic bicycle tour in Grove City Town Center, lead by Heritage Cycles. Registration not required; participants begin at the Grove City Welcome Center and Museum, 3378 Park St. Stop in the museum before or after your ride.
Grove City Welcome Center and Museum, 3378 Park St.

Friday, Sept. 16, 6 p.m. | Grove City High School Monument Dedication
Education has had presence on Park Street in Grove City since the village’s earliest days. In 1910, the first dedicated high school in the community opened at the bend in Park Street on land purchased from Adam Grant who agreed to extend the road to what is now Haughn Road. A new high school building was erected on the adjacent land in 1929. Visit Sesquicentennial Park as the Southwest Franklin Historical Society commemorates the tradition of Grove City high school education on this property.
Sesquicentennial Park, 3247 Park St.

Friday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Sept. 18 | Museum extended hours during Arts in Alley
Tour the museum during extended hours during Arts in the Alley, part of Grove City’s observance of the nine-day Ohio Open Doors, a program sponsored by the Ohio History Connection, featuring daily events in participating communities throughout the state.
Grove City Welcome Center and Museum, 3378 Park St.

  • Friday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 18, 12-5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 17, Noon-4 p.m. | Picnic with the Grant Family and Open House
Bring a picnic and spend an afternoon on the lawn of the Grant-Sawyer Home, then tour the house and barn, decorated with furnishings consistent with the 1840s. Enjoy historic kids’ activities and tour the home, interacting with Little Theatre Off Broadway actors portraying members of the Grant family including Catharine Grant, founding matriarch of Grove City; her son, Hugh Grant Jr.; grandson, A.G. Grant and Ruth Sawyer Jividen, a sixth-generation descendent and the last member of the family to reside in the house.
Grant-Sawyer Home, 4124 Haughn Road