The Stoner House
The Stoner House at the edge of Uptown Westerville is on the National Registry of Historical Places. It sits across the street from the Masonic Lodge and its neighbor the Westerville Public Library.
Built in the early 1860s (perhaps 1862) it served as an inn, tavern, and a spot on the Underground Railroad.
George Stoner drove the stagecoach from Columbus to Westerville bringing its passengers to his small inn. Runaway slaves used the stagecoach’s baggage compartment as a hiding place to be brought to the inn where they hid in the cellar until they were able to continue travel to Canada.
It’s a short walk from here to Uptown with about a dozen historic sites including Corbin’s Saloon which suffered two explosions when its owner tried to open a tavern.
It now houses Catholica, a Catholic book store.
At the library across the street from the Stoner House is a museum for the Anti-Saloon League whose fervor against alcohol resulted in a constitutional amendment to prohibit its manufacture and consumption.
The library also houses John R. Kasich Congressional Collection when he was in the U.S.House of Representatives.