Author Archives: Betsy

Revolutionary Thinking Went On In The Cow And Pig Man’s Study

A 40-story modernist skyscraper seems like an unlikely home for a picturesque Colonial Revival scene, but that’s exactly what I found at the end of a busy corridor at One Nationwide Plaza in downtown Columbus. A dimly-lit wood-paneled room with … Continue reading

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Curl Up With A Good Law Book In A Viking Oak Chair At The Franklin County Law Library

Whenever I caught my first glimpse of the downtown Columbus skyline on a weekend or holiday drive home from Oxford, I’d hum “Lights (When The Lights Go Down In The City).” It isn’t by the bay, but I certainly did … Continue reading

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I’d Drive Cattle To Stay At Mount Oval, One of Ohio’s Finest Early Homes

After years of admiring a brick house perched on a knoll a few miles south of Circleville that overlooks U.S. Route 23, I was thrilled to learn that the public can finally tour this historic home known as Mount Oval. … Continue reading

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Columbus Commemorated The 150th Anniversary Of Abraham Lincoln’s Death With Tolling Bells, Firing Cannons, Blooming Lilacs and Mourning Voices

Until June 1, the west portico of the Ohio Statehouse will have a distinctly somber appearance. The towering limestone pillars are wrapped in black bunting, just as they were on April 29, 1865, when 50,000 people passed between them to … Continue reading

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Which Famous Adena Guest Bred And Raced Horses?

Adena, the Chillicothe home of Ohio’s sixth governor, Thomas Worthington, has never looked better. Maybe I’m biased because of my family’s connection to the historic site, but the lovely established garden, the outstanding docent who guided us through the house, … Continue reading

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I Played “Carmen Ohio” on the Bells of Orton Hall

While the highlight of Commencement Week at The Ohio State University is receiving a diploma at Ohio Stadium, participating in a “Things You Never Got to See Tour” is a close second. This week, both the graduating and the curious … Continue reading

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Nurses Might Not Carry Lanterns Anymore, But They Still Shine

Look around London and you’ll see hundreds of circular blue ceramic plaques on buildings. For almost 150 years, they have marked the residences or workplaces of famous people like Charles Dickens, Alfred Hitchcock, Winston Churchill and Sylvia Pankhurst. During my … Continue reading

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