A central Ohio Halloween tradition – All Hallows’ Eve – returns to Ohio Village on October 13 and 20. This guest post comes from Mark Holbrook, Marketing Manager for the Ohio Historical Society.

Krazy Kate!

One of the great things about Ohio Village is it is such a versatile backdrop for creating fun, family oriented events using traditions from the past. And All Hallow’s Eve is no exception.

The spooky night-time event in Ohio Village has become a Central Ohio tradition for more than 30 years. And so have the characters that stroll the boardwalks. Like Krazy Kate, Gravedigger John and the Widow. And of course, no Halloween celebration past or present would be complete without an authentic Irish Wake!

Activities for the young and old can be found throughout the Village. Pumpkin carving, mask decorating and the Amazing Maze are just a few of the fun things to do. Or you can have your fortune told by one of our questionable characters. Whether it’s palm reading, astrology or dominoes, you’ll learn how people sought out the future 150 years ago. Them there’s the Museum of Oddities. How odd? You will have to come and find out. You will also want to be sure to see the Dancer of Mystery.

There’s just something special about being outdoors on a crisp fall night; sitting around a bonfire, enjoying friends and family. And that’s how we end All Hallow’s Eve at Ohio Village … with everyone enjoying a bonfire and a chilling story. Cuddle up next to someone and thrill to a live telling of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hallow. This Halloween tradition comes to life with appearances by Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman.

All Hallow’s Eve takes place October 13 and 20 from 5:30–9:30 p.m. You can find out more at: http://www.ohiohistory.org/programs–events/ohio-village/all-hallows-eve

~ Guest post by Mark Holbrook, Marketing Manager for the Ohio Historical Society 

This guest post comes from Mark Holbrook, Marketing Manager with the Ohio Historical Society. 

The wait is over! Summer in Central Ohio will be even more exciting this year as Ohio Village will be open, once again, to visitors on the same days as the museum in the Ohio History Center ( June 2 -September 2). It’s been nine years since the village matched hours with the museum and explorers of Ohio history could enjoy two attractions for the price of one admission– to the museum AND the Ohio Village. The village will be populated with costumed interpreters helping visitors to understand how people lived 150 years ago. Other activities like cell phone tours and Village Quest, a treasure hunt-style booklet promise to keep adventurers back in time while visiting the Civil War era town.

Characters in the village will include Ezechiel Abraham Barrymore, the town’s undertaker and carpenter. Ezechiel can build a coffin for you or, if that’s in the far future, how about some furniture for your home? Then there’s Hiram Brown, the pharmacist. He is sure to have a concoction for whatever ails you. And don’t forget to stop by the lodging house and sit a spell with Mrs. Baugh. She has the latest gossip on all the residents, some of it true! Need a few dry goods? Stop in at the General Store where Mr. Watson can supply everything from fabric to nails. And you can pick up your mail there, too.

In addition to the daily experiences of the Village, several Discount Days will take place on select Saturdays when half price admission specials will be offered. June 2 will be Senior Day for visitors 65 years and older. Scouting Day is June 16 for scouts, leaders and their chaperones. July 21 is Military Day for active duty and retired services members and their families. August 11 is Educator Day. While teachers receive free admission to the Ohio History Center, other education professionals and their families will receive half-off on Educator Day. Base Ball Day is September 1 for anyone, youth or adult wearing uniform, cap or shirts supporting their favorite team. Echoes in Time Theatre will take up residence in the Village every Saturday this summer at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. And, on July 21, Civil War soldiers return to the Village for an all day encampment where visitors can learn about camp life. Plus, the Ohio Village Muffins vintage base ball team will play on several weekends. Details can be found at www.ohiohistory.org/village.


Ohio Village is located just off of I-71 on 17th Avenue (exit 111) about four miles north of downtown Columbus in Franklin County. Summer hours: Wed-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.  Visit www.ohiohistory.org to learn more.

Mark Holbrook, Marketing Manager with the Ohio Historical Society authors this guest post about a spooky Central Ohio tradition that has more than a few skeletons in its closet.

The holidays are a time of tradition. And no Halloween tradition in Central Ohio is complete without a visit to OhioVillage for the annual All Hallow’s Eve. In fact, many families have been attending the 19th century-themed celebration since it began more than 25 years ago.

Why is this low-tech, no-special-effects event so popular with kids and adults alike? Perhaps it is the atmosphere of OhioVillage at night. Lit only by gaslights and candles, the characters roaming the boardwalks seem to pop in and out of the shadows without notice. Characters like Krazy Kate make All Hallows Eve memorable. Or maybe it is the widow’s house over by the apple orchard. Seems every year her poor husband is befallen with a mortal ‘accident.’ Curious about her past husbands and their ‘accidents?’ Just ask the person next to you who just might have the answer. (Many Village regulars can recite the widow’s 12 plus years of marital mishaps.)

Aside from the spooky happenings, All Hallow’s Eve simply offers a safe, family fun evening with lots of activities like The Amazing Maze, decorating masks, the Search for the Golden Pumpkin, pumpkin carving and more. And of course, you’ll learn a little history while you’re having fun. Discover how the Jack-o-Lantern came to be, hear ghost stories from the past, listen to your fortune being told in strange ways or see the Museum of Oddities.

All this adventure making you hungry? Enjoy Halloween cookies in the General Store or pick up a hot drink and hearty meals from our mobile food vendors. The evening ends with all gathered on the hillside for a dramatic telling of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hallow. But beware, you never know where and when the Headless Horseman might show up!

All Hallow’s Eve is this Saturday, October 22, from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. in OhioVillage (800 E. 17th Avenue). For more information, call 614/297-2300. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for youth (ages 6 – 12), $10 for adult OHS members and $7 for OHS youth members. Children 5 and under are free.

~Post by Mark Holbrook, Marketing Manager with Ohio Historical Society




Dublin, Ohio has a rich historical past.  This month is Black History month and I am proud to say that one of our forefathers in Dublin, Ohio took part in the stand against slavery.  One of the homes on historic Riverview Street in downtown Dublin has evidence of being part of the Underground Railroad.  The brick house, built by Charles Sells in 1822, became the home of Dr. Eli Morrison Pinney in 1842. 

Pinney, an abolitionist, helped runaway slaves find their way north.  Upon arriving at his home, the fugitives located a small copper pipe extending a few inches from the south wall at ground level.  Lying on their stomachs (and hidden from view by bushes), the slaves let the resident know they were outside and in need of food/shelter by talking or blowing into the pipe, which extended into the home, next to the fireplace.  

In Ohio, the Underground Railroad route came up north from the Ohio River, winding up through Chillicothe, Circleville, Columbus, Dublin, Worthington and Westerville  then north to Canada.

Another local stop on the Underground Railroad was the Kelton House in downtown Columbus.  Fernando Kelton and his wife Sophia were sympathetic to the abolitionist cause–and assisted many fugitive slaves by hiding them in their home. According to the Kelton House Museum & Garden website, this was considered very dangerous work because it went “against Ohio and U.S. law: Anyone caught hiding slaves, giving them food or clothing, or helping them flee north risked six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Yet the Keltons persisted.”

To learn more about the Kelton family and their role in the Underground Railroad, visitors can tour the beautiful and historic Kelton House Museum & Garden at 586 East Town Street. Experiential tours such as “Learn Sophia’s Secret” are available for groups. Visit  www.keltonhouse.com to learn more.  

Dublin has another connection to the War Between the States. The Morgan House, located at 5300 Glick Road, is currently a restaurant and gift shop–but it once stood in Southern Ohio.  Legend has it that in July of 1863, General John H. Morgan and his Confederate raiders used the Weaver’s cabin (now the cornerstone of the Morgan House) as headquarters and refuge from the Union army.  The old Weaver’s cabin was disassembled in Southern Ohio and brought to Dublin, where it became  part of the Morgan House in 1986.

To learn more about great local historic attractions, visit the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website (www.IrishisanAttitude.com) or the website for the Ohio Division of Travel & Tourism (www.DiscoverOhio.com).  

-Post by Andrea