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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.

  • The Stoner House at the edge of Uptown Westerville is on the National Registry of Historical Places.
    The Stoner House
  • Henry Corbin’s Saloon most recently was an embroidery shop, far different than its early years when it suffered at the hands of protestors who opposed Corbin operating a saloon in the building. It is now empty and rumored to reopen as a bar. The Westerville Whiskey War of 1875 began with Corbin’s attempt to sell liquor in the town where the sale of “fermented spirits” was outlawed in 1858. The protest became so fierce that the building was twice damaged by explosions that some described as dynamite although there wasn’t conclusive proof the damage came from that specific explosive. The saloon survives today at the corner of West Main Street and Knox Avenue.
    Corbin's Saloon
  • Wetlands off the beaten path
  • The gazebo at 23 East College will soon be gone.
    Gazebo soon to be gone

About The Author

Gary Gardiner

Former newspaper and Associated Press photographer. Instructor at Westerville Center for Photography. Owns SmallTown Stock, the Reasonably Rights Managed stock photo agency. Founder and Director for The American Scene Project, a heritage project dedicated to exhibiting and preserving photography of everyday American life.

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