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Griswold Family Association Annual Reunion
Worthington, Ohio, August 6-8, 2004
|Plans are being finalized for this summer’s
Annual Reunion in Worthington, Ohio, a charming suburb of Columbus that in
many ways is a transplanted bit of New England. Ezra Griswold was one of the
original founders of the town, and the Griswold name is well known there! A
block of rooms has been reserved at the Radisson Hotel, 7007 North High
Street, close to the center of town. GFA members may call to reserve their
rooms at the special rate of $79 a night. Just mention that you are with
the Griswold Family when you call.
The Radisson kindly
extended that special rate to our attendees for 3 days prior to and
following the reunion weekend, so if you wish to spend longer in the
Columbus area, let them know. Call the Radisson in Worthington at
1-614-436-0700, or FAX them at 1-614-436-5318. You can see more about our
hotel by going to
and selecting Radisson Columbus-Worthington for your location.
Our General Meeting Saturday morning will be held at the Griswold Center,
777 High Street. Following the meeting we will tour the Worthington
Historical Society and visit their property, the Orange Johnson House. Here
we will see many items from the old Griswold Tavern, unfortunately no longer
in existence. The cemetery of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Worthington
Public Library, and the Masonic Museum are also locations we plan to include
in our tours. Saturday night’s dinner will be held at the Radisson. A full
schedule of events will appear in the next issue of the Bulletin, along with
a registration form and shirt order form.
A Bulletin subscription was to the Worthington Historical Society. The
Historical Society has been most helpful in planning for this year’s
reunion, and is looking forward to our arrival. See more about them by
hope that some local Ezra Griswold descendants will come to meet our GFA
members in August!
WORTHINGTON OBJECTS: FROM THE BEGINNING
Sunday, October 13, 2003 - December 19, 2004
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Early Worthington Objects: From the Beginning is now open in the museum
level of the Orange Johnson House. Native American Artifacts: A collection
of Native American artifacts begins the timeline of Worthington History. A
Jeffers Mound photograph is accompanied by the objects excavated by Dr. Baby
from the mound, and nearby are artifacts from the Heckendorn’s home at 93 W.
Granville Rd. The Society’s limestone fossils and Native American artifacts
from the Walnut Grove Cemetery as well as arrowheads, drills, scrapers and
more flint tools found along the Olentangy River all bring local habitation
by native peoples to light. A lovely carved bird is the highlight of the
collection. In addition, a recent gift of Native American objects from
Gordon Clark provides an overview of the work of many cultures. Worthington
Pioneer Objects: The story of early Worthington is easy to read in the
simplicity of form, the spare utility of design and the charm of these
pieces, some not seen on display before this time. Certainly their owners
are familiar: Pinney, Griswold, Kilbourn, Snow – but perhaps the Pinney
christening gown, the Kilbourn baby shirt, Ezra Griswold’s spectacles, or
“Grandma” Snow’s quilt patches will offer new appreciation and enjoyment.
Baskets from local maker Tone Titus are recent additions to the Society
collection. Together all the objects speak of the early 1800s, the presence
of settling families in Worthington, and their material culture. From a
lowly rat trap to a sophisticated Canton Bowl, and from a baby cap to a
mourning veil, this exhibition provides an interesting glimpse into life in
On your visit to the Orange Johnson House we will take you back to
nineteenth-century Worthington. This remarkable 1811 pioneer home was
transformed into a Federal gentleman’s residence by Orange Johnson in 1819.
Today our costumed docents share the everyday pursuits of the early
Worthington settlers. This extraordinary home is the oldest in Franklin
County standing on its original foundations that is open to the public.
Docent-led group tours (for 10 or more) are available from March through
December, but must be scheduled in advance.
Event Location: Orange Johnson House- Lower Level
Type of Event: Exhibition
Address: 956 High Street, Worthington
Contact: Carol Little
||Worthington is a beautiful historic
community just nine miles north of downtown Columbus. You'll find a romantic
blend of American tradition and European flair tucked in the 19th century in
Olde Worthington. Located off US Route 23, just off I-71 or I-270.
The greater Worthington area has much to offer the visitor, whether it be a
convention or meeting group, a motorcoach group, or the individual visitor.
Our accommodations range from economy to luxury. Olde Worthington has
generated interest because of its uniqueness and the variety of businesses
|There are many fine restaurants
for the visitor to choose from in the area, casual to elegant. Our
attractions are many and include such interesting places as the American
Whistle Corporation, the only metal whistle factory in the U. S., the
Rectory located at the Worthington Historical Society, the Pontifical
College Josephinum, Olde Worthington and the Worthington Mall. The new
development in the Crosswoods area, located at I-270 and US Route 23 just
north of Olde Worthington, has created an entertainment area for people of
all ages and interests.