Who We Are
Franklinton Historical Society was founded over 25 years ago by Pat (Kathy) Doerman, President of the Franklinton Board of Trade, and Carol Stewart, President of the Near West Side Neighborhood Association, Columbus’ first neighborhood association.
They believed that a knowledge of local history could instill in residents a sense of pride and could rekindle a community’s spirit. Back in those days, Franklinton was known as “The Bottoms”, a topographical term that had become a derogatory nickname, and angered residents. The women recharged the image into, “Franklinton-the first settlement that founded Columbus.”
Today Franklinton is being revitalized with new interest in business growth as well as new homes and apartments. Now is a great time to teach the rich history of the area. We have spent 25 years learning the past with solid historical research and new discoveries. We uncover new history all the time. With your help, we can continue this path, restore the Harrison House and continue to educate residents of the War of 1812 story, the flood of 1913 and people who went on to found Columbus.
Franklinton Historical Society Board Members
Mark R. Gideon
Larry R Zapp
Patricia L Garling