About Us

Mission and History

The Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society has been an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization since 1987. Its mission is to preserve our community's past for future generations to see and use.

Our Historical Society has maintained a museum in the community's Carnegie Library since 1993 -- the year the library moved into its new facility. 

The Carnegie Library originally opened in 1916 with the aid of a $10,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie. The building remains one of the few Carnegie-financed buildings that exist in Central Ohio.

Our Museum

Our Museum, located in the center of historic downtown Pickerington, tells the story of Pickerington-Violet Township. 

Admission is free.

Artifacts include a Pickerington town pump, restored 1879 Taber pump organ, Native American artifacts collected around Pickerington, the cooking stove and photos from Moore's Pool Hall, photos of our high school graduating classes from 1909-1981, and much more.

A reference area is available for public research of historic documents, directories, and photos, along with a searchable database of all graves in Violet Cemetery. 

Getting Involved

We depend upon the generosity of our Historical Society members, Museum visitors, and the community for support and funding of projects and programs. You can help by: 

  • Becoming a member
  • Volunteering to help at our Museum on Saturdays, for tours, or special events. For more information or to sign up, contact Volunteer Coordinator Cristie Hammond at "Contact Us" below or visit Volunteer Sign Up to choose a date/event. 
  • Donating an object/document of local historical interest, or making a monetary contribution at the "Donate Now" box. 


Coming Up November 2

Join members of the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society for their Thursday, November 2nd meeting. Speaker is Canal Winchester Councilman, Bruce Jarvis, who will enlighten us about Jim Jeffries (shown in above photo). Jeffries was born in Violet Township and, in 1899, became the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. This program is FREE and open to the public. It begins at 7:30 PM at the Violet Township Administrative Offices,12970 Rustic Drive in Pickerington. Light refreshments available.   

The Dovel Family Exhibit

For the remainder of 2017, Museum visitors can explore the lives and homes of Pickerington's pioneer Dovel family. 

On display are clothing, jewelry and other accessories, a baby carriage, marriage certificate, photos, and other items that once belonged to the Dovels during the 

19th and 20th centuries. 

Be sure to ask for a photo-map so you and your family can drive by the five Dovel homes that still exist in our community. 

Recent Museum Events

Children creating on a manual typewriter

2017 Spring and Summer Museum focus has been on the younger generation. 

Hundreds of Pickerington School third graders saw a local history slide show and toured our Museum. Throughout the summer, we've been making sure exhibits are hands-on and child-friendly. This includes giving children the experience of typing on a manual typewriter, identifying animal pelts, trying on vintage hats, using a dial telephone, building with 

Lincoln Logs, and much more.

Contact Us

Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society

15 East Columbus St. (Mail to: PO Box 732), Pickerington OH 43147

Leave a voicemail at (614) 382-5989. We will return your call.

Museum Hours:

Saturdays 10 AM-1PM

April - Mid-December

Admission is FREE!

Other times by appointment. To schedule, phone or Drop Us A Line!

Drop us a line!


The generous support and contributions from people like you enable us to collect and preserve local history for future generations. The Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Your donation may be tax deductible. Please contact your tax advisor for information.

 Thank you!

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