By Rick Palsgrove
This year’s Groveport Home and Garden Tour features a variety of historic homes, beautiful gardens, and even a nearly 100-year-old church.
“The tour is a way of sharing the charm and history of the community,” said Carla, Cramer, president of the Groveport Heritage and Preservation Society. “The tour also incorporates newer neighborhoods of the city, which adds to the legacy and beauty of the town.”
The Groveport Home and Garden Tour – presented by the Groveport Heritage and Preservation Society, Groveport Town Hall and the Groveport Garden Club – will be held June 22 from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person and are available at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. Children under age 5 are admitted free. A detailed brochure describing all the sites and their locations serves as the admission ticket to the homes and gardens on the tour.
“The tour is a terrific opportunity to showcase some of the hidden gems of Groveport,” said Linda Haley, community affairs director for the city of Groveport. “Not only will visitors be able to enjoy the diversity of architecture and landscaping, but they can also pick up ideas for their own homes and gardens.”
This year’s tour features 14 locations that include several historic homes and gardens, a church built in 1916, a log house, a landscaped municipal park, and a cottage that once stood on the grounds of the Elmont Hotel.
Gardens on the tour feature a Koi pond, hosta displays, arbors, flower and vegetable gardens, decorative trees and shrubs, a community garden, an heirloom herb garden, as well as a gnome garden at the Front Street entrance of Groveport Town Hall.
The more than century old former Elmont Hotel cottage is one of at least four of the former cottages still standing in Groveport. The cottages, which were rented out by the hotel to vacationers, were moved to various locations in Groveport from the Elmont Hotel site on Main Street in the early 1950s when the hotel was torn down to make way for what is now Middle School Central.
“Many people are probably not aware these cottages exist and that they were relocated around town,” said Cramer.
Cramer is also particularly excited about two other stops on the tour – the homes once owned by the North brothers who operated the North Grain business during Groveport’s agricultural heyday.
“I can remember walking by those homes when I was a little girl,” said Cramer. “Those houses always stood out. They are well maintained and have an elegant, stately air about them.”
For information on the Groveport Home and Garden Tour, call (614) 836-3333.