Pickerington Ohio is home to about 14,000 residents. The town is located just southeast of Columbus. It is a town that has a history dating back to when Ohio first became a state. Since then it has grown steadily. Each year during the last weekend of July, they celebrate their heritage with what they call the Violet Festival, named for Violet Township. Violet Township was the name selected back in the early 1800s because of the abundance of wild violets growing in the fields.
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13515 Yarmouth Dr. Pickerington 43147
Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society
Located in the Olde Carnegie Library, the historical society maintains the artifacts and memorabilia of the area. They also have all the photographs from the local high school graduating classes from 1909 to 1981. The museum is open from early April through December on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Historical Society Museum
15 E. Columbus Street
Pickerington, OH 43147
When Abraham Pickering donated some land in 1815 for a new school house to replace the aging log cabin that till then had been used to teach the handful of students from the local farms, not only did he insure that the kids would receive a better education, be he also insured that his name would go down in history. The school house built on the plot of land would last until 1883 when a new school house was built to house some 100 plus students. Today that school house has become the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society.
Abraham Pickering, was born in Virginia in 1776. There he married Ann Looker the daughter of James Looker. In 1811 James Looker purchased a tract of land that became known as Violet Township. Although James never made the trip to Ohio, his daughter and her new husband Abraham did. Abraham Pickering liked the land and climate. It was good land for farming. He had heard rumors that the capital of the new state was going to be created not far from where his farm was located, so he decided it would be just a matter of time before people began flocking to Central Ohio and the area was ripe for development. He sent word to his father-in-law that he wanted to buy some more land from him, which he did.
In 1815, when news arrived that the latest war with Great Britain was over, Abraham decided to name his town Jacksonville after General Andrew Jackson. That remained the name until 1827 when it was some of the towns people decided to change the town's name in honor of its founder Abraham Pickering. So that year the name was officially changed from Jacksonville to Pickerington.