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Walk around Sunbury Square

Walk Around the Sunbury Square
with Polly Horn, Curator of the Myers Inn Museum

Big Walnut Area Historical Society is showing “Walk Around the Square” for the new program beginning this month.  Polly Horn will conduct the virtual tour which she does for Big Walnut 3rd graders. Click on the link on our website at http://BigWalnutHistory.org

The Video Program presents Sunbury Square’s buildings, history, and stories, answering these questions and more:

  • Where is the one-room home of a founder of the town? 
  • Where was the first R.F.D. in the United States?
  • What is the oldest building facing the east side of Sunbury Square?
  • Where are there log cabins around the square? 

History of Walk Around the Square

In 1975, as Children’s Director of Community Library, Horn, carrying an armload of Sunbury photos – many from The Sunbury News, began walking 3rd graders from Harrison Street School around the square. Stopping at the different buildings, she told stories to the students of the building’s history through the years.

It wasn’t long before Hylen Souder Elementary’s children scheduled a walk. As Big Walnut schools grew and the truck noise increased, a new format had to be found to give the children the info they needed to add to their community studies. With the opening of the Myers Inn Museum, the program was transformed into a PowerPoint presentation that Horn put on in the classroom before the children visited the museum.

This year the classrooms will be using a YouTube Video presentation. “It won’t be the same as talking with the children in person, but I hope they will learn some love for this community,” noted Horn.

If you were in the 3rd grade in a Big Walnut School in the last 55 years, you may remember your walk around the square. Do you remember the stories about the individual buildings?  Refresh your memories.  Enjoy!

To learn about Sunbury Ohio’s Square history from its origin. Go to the Big Walnut Area Historical Society website at http://BigWalnutHistory.org and click on the link on the homepage.

Myers Inn Museum will be open on Saturdays by appointment for family groups of 10 or less. Call 740-965-3582 for more information.


Delaware County History Network

Big Walnut Area Historical Society is a partner in the Delaware County History Network. The Network’s organizations collaborate to preserve, educate, and promote Delaware County’s rich history and heritage.