On Sept. 15, the Wayne Township-Huber Heights Historical Society held an open meeting for its members in their new location at Studebaker School. The meeting consisted of a round table discussion about the Taylorsville Inn, the Johnson family that owned the Inn and the canal that provided business to the Inn. The Taylorsville Inn was on the National Register of Historic Buildings until it was destroyed by fire in 2005.
The Miami-Erie Canal ran through what was then Wayne Township and we were one of few areas that due to the elevation changes in the township, it was necessary to have three locks within our community. Carolyn Johnson Burns, the great, great, great-granddaughter of Joseph House Johnson, was in attendance at the open meeting and shared some interesting facts about the Johnson family. She has done extensive research on the family and the Inn. It was an interesting discussion and everyone in attendance enjoyed learning and sharing about the historic canal and Inn. The Society was excited to host this meeting in the newly decorated and furnished rooms in the Studebaker School.
For those, who may not be aware, Studebaker School, located at 5950 Longford Road is now used as: Huber Heights City Schools Administrative Offices, YMCA Latch Key, Day Care and the YMCA Early Learning Center, Preschool and Kindergarten classes, all are located on the upper level of the school, with the Administrative Offices being in the center of the building. The lower level, west wing houses FISH (food pantry), The Locker and The Masters Closet, sponsored by the Huber Heights Church of God, and now the Wayne Township-Huber Heights Historical Society. The Locker and The Masters Closet provides free shopping, once a month, for those in our community who may be experiencing financial difficulty, at no cost. For more information on The Locker and The Masters Closet contact the Huber Heights Church of God at 233-3137.
Most of the historical society’s equipment, archives, documents and memorabilia have been moved into the school and we will soon have regular open hours. Until then they are by appointment only. If you are interested in stopping in please contact us at email@example.com or call Pat Stephens, 937-974-5286.
This space in the school is allowing us many accommodations we have not had in the past and we are quite excited about being there and having our doors open to the public. The historical society also has the pleasure of placing memorabilia in the show cases in the meeting room on the upper level. If you have an opportunity to attend a school board meeting there, take a minute to look over the interesting photos and memorabilia on display. This is just a sample of what will be displayed in our room on the lower level.
The Society is also working on upcoming events that include: The Spooktacular Kruise In on Oct. 31, in conjunction with the Farmer’s Market, in the Huber Centre, located at Chambersburg Rd. and Brandt Pike from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $10 per car, costumes are encouraged with a prize to the best costume, door prizes and raffles will also be part of the day’s events. Sponsor awards will be presented to the top 10 cars at the conclusion of the event.
Our Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting is coming up the end of November. With an arts and craft fair on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 30 the tree lighting along with arrival of Santa, silent auction of decorated trees and many other activities throughout the evening from 6 to 8 p.m.
We are taking reservations for the Hand Made Arts & Crafts and the decorated table top trees, donated by local organizations and businesses. Anyone interested in signing up for the Arts & Crafts or donating a tree please contact the society at firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 10; space is limited.
For information on membership, events, archives and more, contact the historical society by email at email@example.com, on their website at www.huberhistory.org or by phone 937-974-5286.
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Reach Pat Stephens at 937-974-5286.