Have you wondered about the stone walls in Dublin? You may have noticed, or you may notice after reading this if you are in the Dublin and Columbus area, that there are more stone walls of this kind in Dublin than anywhere else in the Columbus area. There is a mix of old and new walls as the City as designated the stone walls a "signature" feature, meaning developers have to incorporate stone walls with new sites, helping to tie "old" and "new". Learn about the historic stone walls, who made them, why they are here, and how they are built.
Dublin is proud of its heritage. One way the city has demonstrated this is by purchasing the historic farm barns when these become available as land is being developed. Read about the history of one of the prominent barns, the Karrer barn in Historic Dublin, and its unique features.
Dublin villagers did not have anything we have for shopping today as we write this: "big box" stores and big grocery stores to visit when they needed food or other supplies. What they did not raise, grow or make themselves they would get from the local store, usually in Dublin or in Jerome. If someone wanted to know what was going on in the village, many times all he or she needed to do was talk to the people down at the store! Read about the stores from the words of the store owners or family members themselves who worked there.
The Ice House was the specially-insulated structure where ice was stacked or laid up in the winter so during the warm months that ice was available to sell to business owners and residents to keep food from spoiling too quickly. And if they were clever, they might be able to keep themselves cool, too, but there was little to waste! Read about how ice was harvested from the river and stacked in the ice house.
Today we might take for granted how people receive mail since most of us are accustomed to almost-daily mail delivery and pick-up. Plus we have the convenience of overnight delivery for many types of items. And then, of course, we have electronic mail and the convenience and speed of that technology. This story will have you traveling back to the mid-1800's and into the mid-1900's to give you a sense of what it was like to live in Dublin and receive your mail. Your "post office" changed location every few years, and your Postmaster changed, too. You picked up mail yourself, usually once a week. It was a different pace of life!
Churches have played an important role in the life of our community. At the start, when Sells Town, before it was known as Dublin, was little more than a collection of family members, friends and acquaintances, people met in each others homes for worship. With time and sufficient numbers, a congregation could erect a building. Dublin had many churches and some fascinating stories, including a cyclone and dynamite! We think you will enjoy reading this account, written in 1985 by Emmett Karrer, Dublin's unofficial historian.
For many years, the Historical Society has enjoyed a partnership with the Dublin City Schools, such that the Society is asked to participate on the committee to name the schools. It is interesting to note that in the Dublin City School system:
- Elementary buildings are often named for landmarks and for historic persons, (Indian Run, Deer Run, Eli Pinney, Glacier Ridge, Dr. Albert Chapman, Mary Emma Bailey, Olde Sawmill, Riverside, Scottish Corner, Daniel Wright, Wyandot, Griffith Thomas),
- Middle Schools tend to be named for historic persons from the community, (John Sells, Willard Grizzell, Ann Simpson Davis, Dr. Henry W. Karrer), and
- High Schools are named for geographic locations (Coffman Road, Scioto River, Jerome Township).