Lockbourne village offices renovated and will include a museum

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

Messenger photo by Linda Dillman
Lockbourne Mayor Christie Ward (left) and Deputy Administrator Karen Carter (right) measure the opening for Ward’s new office in a renovation of the village’s municipal office.

A 1950s era building in Lockbourne, home to municipal offices and council space for decades, is getting a facelift and splitting purposes between village business and a museum honoring the town and Lockbourne Air Force Base.

Residents remember playing in Boot Jack Park, so named because of its shape, before the municipal office was built. It initially housed a garage to service village vehicles that shared space with a front office where council meetings were held as well.

While a nearby former schoolhouse and masonic temple was returned to its original condition to serve as an event center, current Lockbourne administrators and council members discussed moving council chambers to the two-story brick structure.

“We discussed this for a year,” said Mayor Christie Ward. “We had to wait until the handicap ramp was put in the event center where council now holds meetings. The administrative offices will be moved to the renovated area, along with a conference room for meetings. The cost for renovation is approximately $20,000.”

However, like two other large-scale renovation projects—the event center and memorial park—much of the work and re-outfitting the office and museum spaces will be accomplished through donations.

“The office furniture and cubicles have been donated through the assistance of Mannick and Smith Group,” said Ward. “The staff will repaint the walls with donated paint.”

As for the museum side of the building where the municipal office was originally located, the Lockbourne Heritage Society is collecting artifacts on the history of the Ohio and Erie Canal and Underground Railroad era village and the former active duty military base.

“Lockbourne is rich in history and we want to share that history,” Ward said. “It is not just the village history, but Lockbourne Air Force Base as well. We have been working with some of the Hamilton Township High School Leadership students on compiling a history of the village in preparation of opening the museum. We hope to open it by the end of summer. Regular opening hours will be Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon, but we can open the museum at other times for small special events and groups.”

Individuals and/or organizations interested in donating artifacts, time or making a financial contribution to the museum should contact Village Administrator Kendall Collins at 614-491-3161 ext. 1 or villageadministrator@Lockbourneohio.us.

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