By Rick Palsgrove
The village of Lockbourne is working on projects that enhance the present and embrace the past.
According to Lockbourne Mayor Christie Ward, the village of Lockbourne will receive $100,000 from the State Capital Budget to install a bridge to connect the walking paths and signage along the village’s trails.
“The Magnolia Trail consists of two loops that is just over two miles in length,” said Ward. “The trail is named after one of the canal boats owned by William Moneypenny who had a distillery in town, which produced 100 barrels of whiskey a day during the canal days.”
She said the “Maine” loop (named after the last canal boat that came through Lockbourne) is located at Locke Meadow Park.
“Walkers can connect to the ‘Nye’ loop (named after Pearl Nye, who was a famous canal song writer and lived in Lockbourne) at the east end of the trail,” said Ward. “The goal is to connect the trail to the third loop (not open at this time), located along the towpath on the south side of Rowe Road. We anticipate the ‘Showboat’ loop (named after the canal boat that took entertainers town to town), which currently ends at the Big Walnut Creek in Pickaway County, would then extend to Lock 31 at Millport and on into Circleville. We also plan to connect the trail west to Groveport. This would connect the communities along the Ohio’s Southern Descent Canal Partners.”
The Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail, Inc., and its partner communities announced the development of the new Ohio and Erie Canal Southern Descent Heritage Trail from Buckeye Lake to Portsmouth.
The 114 mile driving trail begins at the southern edge of Buckeye Lake in Fairfield County. It includes Bibler lock 8 in Baltimore; locks 11, 12, and 13 in Lockville; lock 22 in Groveport; locks 26, 27, 29, and 30 in and near Lockbourne; and remnants of the Columbus Feeder just west of Lockbourne in Franklin County.
In Pickaway County the trail passes lock 31 in Millport and includes Canal Park in Circleville. In Scioto County the trail continues south through Rushtown at lock 48 and lock 50 in West Portsmouth and ends at lock 55, west of downtown Portsmouth at the Ohio River.
Once the trail has been established, residents and visitors will be able to learn the story of this important transportation route as they follow the driving trail. Creation of the trail, which is expected to be launched this fall, is being funded by the Canal Society of Ohio and Ohio Humanities.
Old Schoolhouse renovations
The Old Schoolhouse, now named Lockbourne Historical Hall, is located at 206 Vause St. in Lockbourne’s Town Square.
“Renovations of the second floor are underway at this time and are expected to be complete by end of the year 2021,” said Ward. “The next phase will be installing a patio deck and handicap ramp in the back of the building, as well as a transom above the front door.”
Ward said long terms plans are to install an elevator for access to the second floor.
“The Hall will be available to rent for events such as: weddings, receptions, showers, reunions, meetings and conferences, holiday parties and fundraisers,” said Ward.
Information about the building will be available on the Lockbourne website soon.
Lockbourne historical exhibit
The village of Lockbourne is planning to put together a historical exhibit at the Rickenbacker Air Force Base terminal.
“The exhibit is not complete and the project is on hold,” said Ward. “The purpose of the exhibit is to highlight the village and to show its connection to Lockbourne Air Force Base and why Rickenbacker Airport’s call letters are LCK.”