Ever wonder how old the Cornerstone Church is, what used to be in Abner's or Otie's, and when Hilliards officially became Hilliard?

Ever wonder how old the Cornerstone Church is, what used to be in Abner's or Otie's, and when Hilliards officially became Hilliard?

All those questions and more will be answered during an Old Hilliard Historical Walking Tour from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. The guided tours of 15 or fewer people will depart every 15 minutes from the Northwest Franklin County Historical Society's Archival Library, 5274 Norwich St.

The Historical Society and Destination Hilliard partnered to put on the new event, which coincides with National Tourism and Heritage month. Destination Hilliard executive director Christy Clark said she did a similar event in downtown Marysville last year, which sold out.

"People like to go in the small groups of 12 to 15 with a docent because it's more personal attention, and they really get to know their downtown area then," Clark said.

Of the docents, Historical Society president Randy Smith said, "Not to make them sound older, but they've been in Hilliard for many years, and they know a lot of these buildings."

The tour, which lasts an hour and is a half-mile long, will feature a look at the old and new in Hilliard, such as the First Responders memorial, which was dedicated just last year.

"There's so much rich history in the city of Hilliard, and a lot is still there," Smith said. "We thought, even if you've been a resident of Hilliard for 20-30 years, you might not be aware of some of these buildings. I really hope that it's going to be a fun day that people can come together as a community, and really learn more about the history of the town they live in."

"Also, it's great if people want to try some of our local restaurants," Clark said. "They can take the walking tour and have lunch and then go to the Early Television Museum or walk the Heritage Rail Trail."

Those taking the tour should wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing, Clark said.

"I think it'll be a huge success. I hope the weather cooperates," she said.

Tickets cost $6 for individuals, $10 per couple, or $12 for a family (free to children 12 and under), and are available in advance by calling the Historical Society at 614-876-5880. Tickets will also be available the day of the tour.

Participants will receive a guide to Old Hilliard and Hilliard-themed souvenirs.