New Albany News

Historical society planning several fall activities


The New Albany-Plain Township Historical Society has scheduled several programs, including two historic home tours in Licking and Delaware counties.

During the historical society's Sept. 4 meeting, Richard Whitelock, a self-educated Revolutionary War historian, will speak about some of the lesser-known British and American historical figures during the Revolutionary War, said historical society member Marilyn Saveson.

The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m., following the historical society's regular meeting at 7 p.m.

The second program will follow the society's Oct. 2 meeting. Jim Wootton will speak at 7:30 p.m. about how land was divided in the early history of America by focusing on townships, Saveson said.

She said Wootton and her husband, John Saveson, who also has done research on the subject, will be available to answer questions.

Both meetings will be held at the Plain Township Fire Station, 9500 Johnstown Road.

The two home tours will be in September and October.

Society members and anyone else who is interested will meet at the Robbins Hunter Museum in Granville at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. The home at 221 E. Broadway St. in Granville is an example of Greek Revival architecture.

The home was built in 1842 and has additions completed in 1875, 1930 and from 1956 to 1979, according to the museum's website. It is furnished with items from the 18th and 19th centuries and has 27 rooms, 16 of which will be featured on the tour.

The home remained a private residence until 1903 and was used as housing for two different fraternities until it was reclaimed as a private residence again in 1956, according to the website.

Admission will be $5.

The second tour will be of the Gallant Farm Preserve in Delaware at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. The farm includes a home decorated with furnishings from the 1930s, a barn, machine shed, chicken coop and other buildings at 2150 Buttermilk Hill Road in Delaware.

Saveson called the home "an incredible step back in time."

Saveson said the New Albany-Plain Township Historical Society has a special relationship with Preservation Parks of Delaware County, which operates the site.

No admission fee will be charged.

Those interested in signing up for both tours should contact Saveson at 614-855-9809.