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Bicentennial event

Oct. 13 history walk wraps up celebration

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Norwich Township will conclude its bicentennial celebration Sunday, Oct. 13, with a history walk from 1 to 3 p.m. at Wesley Chapel Cemetery, 3225 Dublin Road.

"This event is a culmination of our bicentennial celebration and we thought it appropriate to end it at a place that contains so much of our history," said Mildred Brooks, co-chairwoman of the township's bicentennial committee.

The history walk will include actors portraying people interred at Wesley Chapel Cemetery who played a significant role in the history of the township and Hilliard.

For example, members of the Hilliard Arts Council will assume the roles of J.W. Reason, a physician for whom one of Hilliard's original elementary schools is named, and Mary Miller, a historian who published a book for Hilliard's sesquicentennial.

Additional activities include a scavenger hunt in which participants will be given a map of the township and asked to find the grave markers bearing the names of roads in the township and cemetery.

Many of the original roads in the city and township are named after the families that lived on those roads in the late 19th and early 20th century when Hilliard was a farming community. Leppert and Schirtzinger roads and the Britton Parkway are a few examples.

In addition, materials will be distributed to make gravestone rubbings and a mock funeral with bagpipe music will be performed.

Refreshments will include apple cider and doughnuts.

Those attending should wear comfortable shoes because the ground is uneven and also could be damp.

Organizers also ask patrons to show respect for the cemetery during the event. Running or climbing on grave markers is prohibited.

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