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Central Ohio's Hometown!
The City of GroveÞort is an outer-ring suburb of the Columbus metropolitan area of southeastern Franklin County, Ohio in Madison Township. Incorporated in 1847, the town was originally founded due to a dispute between Jacob B. Wert (Wert’s Grove) and William H. Rarey (Rarey’s Port), two settlements built along the Ohio and Erie Canal. It was mediated that in order to not favor Wert or Rarey in the naming of the new town, that Grove and Port from Wert’s Grove and Rarey’s Port be combined to form GroveÞort, the unique nature of the naming makes it the only so named town in the United States. Remnants of the old canal are still visible along Wirt and Rohr Roads, behind the Ace Hardware on Main Street leading back to Blacklick Park & GroveÞort Park where the original “Lock 22” still stands today. Lock 22 was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The city gained international notoriety in the mid-1800’s due to resident John S. Rarey’s fame internationally as a horse whisperer/trainer, Rarey tamed a previously untamed stallion named “Cruiser” belonging to the Earl of Dorchester, who in astonishment of the feat made Cruiser a gift to Rarey. “In the 1920s, the name Cruiser became the mascot for the GroveÞort Madison High School athletic teams because of the strength and spirit and his example that combining power and discipline brings success.”.
Another of the towns historical past that still stands today is the remnants of the GroveÞort Interurban Line, leaving a set of rail tracks embedded in the still brick-paved Blacklick Street. The interurban was part of the Scioto Valley Traction Line, an electric railroad that connected Columbus, GroveÞort, Canal Winchester, Carroll, Lancaster, Ashville, Circleville, Kingston, Chillicothe, and other local points. The interurban operated from 1904 until the mid-1950s when the entire line was abandoned.
In 1974, a home located at the corner of Main and Madison Street was being razed in preparation for the current United States Post Office to be built upon the site, it was realized that the home was actually a log home dating to 1815. The cabin was moved to its current site next to GroveÞort Cemetery on Wirt Road. The Log House is home to the city’s annual October “Apple Butter Day“.
Another must-see is Motts Military Museum located on the northern edge of the city on Old Hamilton Road. The museum features exhibits from the Revolutionary War through Desert Storm, as well as the nation’s second largest collection of Holocaust memorabilia and the world’s second largest collection of 9/11 artifacts.
GroveÞort has been home to me my entire life, graduated 1988, my Mom Diane was a 1958 graduate, and my Grandma Mildred (Breckenridge) Ray was a 1933 graduate.
Parks, recreation, and activities for the entire family are plenty!!!
Community-owned fitness center, indoor/outdoor pools, golf course, parks, & bike trails
In 2004, the city opened a 67,000 square feet recreation center located on the far east side of the city. It features a fitness center, indoor pool (145,000 gallons, zero-entry, lazy river, 25-meter lap pool, kept between 83-85 degrees), an elevated 1/10 mile track, (2) gymnasiums, a rock climbing wall, and a babysitting center). There is also an outdoor water park with a 450,000-gallon pool, lazy river, zero-entry, in-water playground, slides and diving boards.
There is also a senior center located at the recreation facility featuring private restrooms, kitchen, sitting room, arts and crafts area, lounge with big screen television, leather furniture, card tables, pool table, shuffleboard and more.
The city’s park system contains 8 parks ranging in size from 1/2 to 82 acres featuring: baseball/softball diamonds, soccer fields, basketball, walking/bike paths, picnic areas, fishing/ponds, playgrounds, a community garden, and more!
Golf? The city-owned, 18-hole Links at GroveÞort is located on the southeastern edge of the city.
Prime location for daily commuting, shopping, or entertainment!
Easy access to all of Central Ohio's employment centers, as well as shopping & entertainment districts!
The location of the city provides very easy access to US33, US23, & I-270, enabling manageable commutes to any location in the Central Ohio area. There are also several surface streets that can be taken to the downtown area eliminating freeway traffic during rush hour. The city is just minutes to any employer in the GroveÞort-Obetz–Rickenbacker areas. COTA also has several bus stops around the city and surrounding area providing service to most of Central Ohio. If you’re a cyclist it’s possible to use bike paths to Downtown Columbus, OSU, and many other locations throughout Franklin County.
16-20 minutes to downtown Columbus
15-20 minutes to Grove City
20-25 minutes to Easton Town Center
26-30 minutes to Polaris Fashion Place
28-32 minutes to The Mall at Tuttle Crossing
20-25 minutes to The Ohio State University
25 minutes to Lancaster
30 minutes to Circleville
40 minutes to the Hocking Hills region