A Centennial Celebration

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
The city of Grove City and its local business partners hosted a slew of events over Labor Day weekend which honored the history of the community while celebrating what is to come in the future. The Centennial Celebration kicked-off on Sept. 1 with the unveiling of a marker to commemorate the founding of what is believed to be the first commerce road in the area – Mill Street. According to local historians, Mill Street once paralleled present-day Grant Avenue and the Mill Street Market, formerly the Grove City Farmer’s Exchange. City founder William Foster Breck built a grist mill and a sawmill near the present-day Grove City Library and the dirt road was used as an access point into the village and later the Beulah Park Racetrack. Pictured here at the dedication ceremony is Grove City Mayor Richard L. “Ike” Stage, entrepreneur Karen Dover, and local historian Jim Hale. Dover is the owner of the Mill Street Market and said she worked with Hale, members of the Historical Commission, and the city council, to ensure that this once integral roadway was never forgotten. The historical marker can be viewed on Columbus Street, west of Broadway, adjacent to the library.
One of the most popular events that took place during the Centennial Celebration was the 2023 All-Ohio Model T Jamboree. Organized by Grove City resident Brent Miller, pictured here with his 1926 Ford Model-T Depot Hack, the jamboree saw close to 100 Model-T cars drive through the city during the weekend and sit idle for car-enthusiasts to enjoy during the car show at Town Center Park, which was presented by the Heart of Grove City.
Pennsylvania residents Skip and Deborah Seaton prepare to journey in their 1914 Model-T.
Model-T’s ready for a parade after the Mill Street Marker Dedication.
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