Three recognized at Sunday’s Heritage Day
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Sunday’s Heritage Day at the Myers Inn experienced a little rain, but Myers Inn Museum Curator Polly Horn said the turnout was good; that rain or shine museum visitors were able to step back in time and visit the inside displays, spend time in a blacksmith’s shop, and get a feel for life in the Big Walnut area as it was lived in the good old days.
“We had a very nice turnout, in spite of the weather,” Horn said. “And we’re always glad to get so many family members of volunteers on Heritage Day. It was good to see many people reconnect with their heritage and to greet newcomers who have only been in town a short time. Our goal is to help people enjoy learning our history.”
During Heritage Day each year, members of the Big Walnut Area Historical Society recognize several volunteers for their significant contribution to local history during an award ceremony.
Recognized were Kenny Crowl, Carol Wirick and Lyall Rodgers. Crowl passed away on September 27; his children attended the ceremony to accept his award.
“Without these people we wouldn’t have a historical Society,” Horn said. “These folks volunteered many hours of their time helping open this museum, and contributing to our understanding of local history.”
An emotional Rodgers said a decision had been made to recognize Crowl before his sudden passing; and that he was a peacemaker and decision-maker during historical society board meetings.
“Kenny never said much until he was asked,” Rodgers said. “But he always came up with solutions when we were faced with problems. We’ll all miss him very much.”
The Myers Inn Museum, which faces the southwest corner on Sunbury Square, began as the one room 1816 house of Lawrence Myers, one of Sunbury’s co-founders. His home was a stopping place where weary travelers could get one of Eliza Myers’ home cooked meals before traveling on.
In 1820 Myers built the two-story stagecoach inn near his home for travelers going both north to Mount Vernon and south to Columbus that were in need of a meal and a place to sleep. In 1824 Myers added a tavern room and hall to connect the two buildings.
Lawrence Myers died in 1829, leaving Eliza with two sons and a daughter, a stagecoach inn and a town of half empty lots. Eliza continued to operate the stagecoach inn until the close to the Civil War.
The Myers Inn Museum hours are from 12-noon the 3 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
To learn more about the Big Walnut Area Historical Society and Big Walnut area local history go to < BigWalnutHistory.org >.