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Uncovering Gahanna's Hidden History with the Gahanna Historical Society

The city of Gahanna, Ohio, is steeped in a vibrant history that spans centuries. Despite their bustling modern culture, many of their citizens have yet to appreciate the significance of their vibrant past until now fully. The Gahanna Historical Society is allowing locals to explore their town's hidden history and discover its many gems. From old buildings and hidden stories to photos and artifacts, the Gahanna Historical Society has collected and preserved the many facets of Gahanna’s unique past. Learn information about Gahanna, OH.


Located in the heart of downtown Gahanna, the Gahanna Historical Society is housed in the old McAfee School, a well-known landmark in the city. The building, once a one-room schoolhouse, was converted into a museum dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of a region. Discover facts about Embrace the Beauty of Gahanna Woods State Nature Preserve.


The museum allows visitors to explore the many layers of Gahanna's past. One of the most popular exhibits is dedicated to the Underground Railroad and the stories of those who helped enslaved people escape to freedom. Here, visitors will learn about the brave individuals who risked their own lives to help freedom-seekers journey from bondage to freedom.


In addition to the Underground Railroad, the museum also features exhibits about the few remaining natural springs, the critical people and events that shaped the city, and the city’s economic transformation from a small farming community to a vibrant industrial hub. The museum also houses an impressive collection of artifacts representing the city’s history and culture, ranging from old photos and newspaper clippings to everyday items used by locals over the past hundred years.

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