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The Scioto Mile looking West to Franklinton as it looked immediately after the Flood of 1913. Photo: Columbus Historical Society

Franklinton Historical Society

The Franklinton Historical Society in Franklinton, Columbus, Ohio, works for the community to preserve Franklinton's important history. Our members are passionate about uncovering the stories that have shaped our community and are resolved to perpetuate its unique history for future generations.

We're proud to represent Franklinton's founder, Lucas Sullivant with our new logo. Sullivant's
 image shows determination and strength much like the Franklinton settlement he founded and nurtured to become the great city of Columbus. His likeness was recreated from a relief mold conceived for his memorial plaque. The home page header art was created with the 1813 hand-drawn map by pioneer James Kilbourne and a super-imposed photo of the present Lucas Sullivant statue by Michael Foley, commissioned in 2000 by the Franklinton Historical Society and installed in Genoa Park, Franklinton, Columbus, Ohio.

The Franklinton Historical Society was established in 1993 and incorporated in 1994 by founding members Carol Stewart, Patricia Doerman, Karl McKinney, and Dave Hartigan. The purpose is to encourage the preservation and restoration of historical items; to educate, share information, and promote interest in Franklinton's history; to encourage community involvement, both residential and business; to cooperate with other organizations interested in Franklinton; and to nurture a sense of pride in the Franklinton Area. Our current members are proud to carry on the legacy of the founding members of the Franklinton Historical Society.

As Franklinton becomes revitalized with new homes and businesses, we will continue to grow to meet the community's needs by offering a range of educational programs, events, and resources that bring history to life and connect the past to the present.

Join us and become a valued member in exploring the rich history of Franklinton and discover what makes our community unique. Thank you for your generosity!


Board of Trustees

Mark R. Gideon
Loan Specialist, U.S. Dept of Agriculture Rural Development

Vice President
Dewey Stokes
Former President of the Fraternal Order of Police

Larry R. Zapp CFP®
Certified Financial Planner
Treasurer of Gahanna Historical Society; Southwest Franklin County Historical Society; Whitehall Historical Society


Patricia L. Garling
Creative Art & Advertising; Historian; Writer; Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Franklinton Chapter member

Steve Jackson

President, Southwest Franklin County Historical Society

John Mattix
UTE, Senior Executive (retired); Historian; Member - Southwest Franklin County Historical Society

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