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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 visiting

We hope that some local Ezra Griswold descendants will come to meet our GFA members in August!


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 early Worthington.

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
Phone: 614-885-1247


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 located here.

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.


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