Norwich Township will begin celebrating its bicentennial with an open house April 27 at the Joint Safety Services Building, 5181 Northwest Parkway in Hilliard.
Norwich Township was founded in 1813, one year after the city of Columbus, 10 years after Ohio was admitted as the 17th state of the union and 40 years before Hilliard was founded in 1853.
Banners bearing the township's logo of a gristmill and the words Norwich Township, Established 1813 have been hung from poles lining the city's thoroughfares.
The open house will be the first of several community events Norwich Township officials are planning in honor of the 200th anniversary.
"The open house has grown to include a number of other community events," said Mildred Brooks, administrative assistant of Norwich Township and the chairwoman of the township's bicentennial committee.
The open house will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 27.
"Illustrations of historical events and memorabilia will on display," Brooks said.
Tours of the fire department's Station 81 and rescue equipment demonstrations are planned, as well as interactive exhibits for children, Brooks said.
The historical village at Weaver Park, adjacent to the fire department, also will be open. Docents from the Northwest Franklin County Historical Society will provide tours of buildings and demonstrate equipment.
"Antique fire trucks and farm equipment will be on display," Brooks said.
The open house also will include free health screenings.
Staff members from OhioHealth, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Mount Carmel Health and the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center will provide the screenings.
In addition, the Hilliard Division of Police will collect and dispose of expired or unwanted prescription medications.
The bicentennial committee is planning other celebrations throughout the year.
Committee members are seeking to identify the township's oldest living resident. That resident will be invited to ride on the float in Hilliard's Fourth of July parade. Residents can call Brooks at 614-876-7694 to provide names for consideration.
In the fall, a history walk is planned at Wesley Chapel Cemetery, 3225 Dublin Road, but no date has been set.
Founded in 1835, Wesley Chapel remains the township's only public cemetery.
The history walk is designed to recognize the past social practice of gathering in a cemetery to enjoy peace and solitude, in the manner of modern day parks.
More details of these events will be published in future editions of the ThisWeek Hilliard Northwest News.