The Dublin Historical Society was formed in October 1974. Its purpose is to discover, collect and preserve documents and materials relevant to the history of Dublin and the surrounding area. It also encourages preservation of historic sites and a study of local history.
The Society displays many of these materials at the Fletcher Coffman Homestead, adjacent to Coffman Park, serving as Dublin’s museum. Further, the Society plays a role to identify, mark and encourage preservation of historic sites and buildings in and around Dublin. Additionally, the Society encourages study of and an appreciation for Dublin history.
We encourage everyone to walk through the Historic District to begin to gain an appreciation for what life might have been like in a simpler time when only 100 or so families called Dublin “home”. Shops and homes were side-by-side, wide streets accommodated horses and wagons. Nearby quarries along the river supplied stone for buildings and fences and gravel for roads. “Everyone knew one another and everyone knew everyone else’s dog,” as one lifelong resident put it.
Even today, a visitor can walk to the Dublin Spring alongside the Scioto River where Benjamin and Peter Sells would have drawn drinking water for their campsite on the high ground just above as they decided this would be the place to bring their father, brothers and the rest of the family for a settlement. And you can see this spring even today as you retrace those steps in Dublin’s history.