Lockbourne celebrates its canal heritage

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Messenger photos by Linda Dillman
Metro Parks Slate Run Living Historical Farm worker Stephenie Reiner wrangles one of the farm’s Buckeye breed chickens on display on Sept. 25 during the launch of the Ohio and Erie Canal Southern Decent Heritage Trail in Lockbourne, which once served as the starting point of a feeder canal servicing Columbus in the 1800s. The historic 114 mile driving trail along the old Ohio and Erie Canal route extends from Buckeye Lake through central Ohio and then south to Portsmouth. Visit seeohiofirst.org for information on the trail.
Groveport residents Myrna Casserly, left, and Brian Casserly, right, along with 14-month-old Michaela, enjoyed several bowls of chili during Lockbourne’s heritage trail celebration and chili cook-off on Sept. 25.
Breanna Cloutier dishes up one of a variety of bowls of chili for a hungry visitor during the Lockbourne’s first Chili Cook Off held in Locke Meadow Park on Sept. 25.
Members of the Slate Ridge Band, including Rich Baker, front, and John Obora, rear, entertained visitors to Lockbourne’s kick-off of the launch of the Heritage Trail.
Lockbourne’s Ohio and Erie Canal-era locks and the village’s Magnolia Trail invited visitors to take a leisurely hike or listen to experts discuss aspects of the 1800s canal system that once coursed across the state.

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