“Ohio Open Doors”

DHS to hold open house at Coffman Homestead on Sun., Sept 16 from 1:00-3:00 pm.

Dublin Historical Society will host a special event as part of Ohio History Connections’ “Ohio Open Doors.” Coffman Homestead typifies American farm life of the 1800s. The Civil War era brick house and adjoining farm buildings are a testimonial to the hard working people who constituted the second generation of Ohio pioneer families. Take a guided tour of the restored 1867 Coffman house. Visit the barn and the adjacent small barn which has a one-room school replica.

The 1920’s barn containing vintage implements will have an interactive “History in Your Hands” experience – a space to see, handle, discover and investigate historic items. Planned activities include gravestone rubbing, grass mowing with a rotary mower, shelling corn, weighing with a feed scale, blade sharpening with a grinding wheel, rug beating, and washing clothes with a washboard. Visitors can see an heirloom vegetable garden on the Homestead currently tended by volunteers from the City of Dublin. Along the gate to this garden stand two apple trees that were sprigs cut from the last remaining apple tree in Ohio that was planted by Johnny Appleseed.

Also on the property is a one-room schoolroom where visitors can sit on benches and write on slate with chalk, view textbooks and toys of the 1800s and early 1900s, and see a map where locations of one-room schools once stood (and still stand) in Washington Township.

The Homestead is part of Dublin’s Coffman Park complex and is located next to the Dublin Municipal Building (City Hall), 5200 Emerald Parkway. Parking is available in the Municipal Building parking lot or adjacent spaces for Coffman Park.


The Dublin Arts Council will also be hosting an “Ohio Open Doors” event on Mon., Sept. 10 from 4:00-8:00 pm.

The Dublin Arts Center is located in a historic home listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The stunning French Eclectic styled estate, built in 1941 by Charles and Sarah Krumm, features original art deco tile and fixtures, a circular stone stair tower and field stone wall cladding. The 4,800-square-foot home, sited on more than four acres of sloping riverfront grounds, is perhaps best known as home to the Gelpi family, the founders of Swan Cleaners who lived on the estate from 1947 to 1985, entertaining numerous political leaders and celebrities in their home over the years.

Guests are encouraged to bring artifacts, such as photos, newspaper clippings and memorabilia to share in a community-curated exhibition. Storytelling activities will include creating written accounts and a video recording station.

For more information about the Dublin Arts Center open house and to view the self-guided tour, visit www.dublinarts.org/dublinartscenter. Dublin Arts Center is located at 7125 Riverside Dr. in Dublin.


Information about Ohio History Connections’ Ohio Open Doors events, which take place Sept. 7 through 16, 2018, can be found at www.ohiohistory.org.

The open houses are being held as part of Ohio History Connections’ Ohio Open Doors initiative, created in 2016 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. During 10 days of Ohio Open Doors events, Ohio historic buildings and landmark sites are opened to encourage Ohioans to discover community heritage.