Gilbert Van Dorn's 1817 Center Inn, A Stagecoach Inn, is 200

Probably Gilbert's Granddaughter, Caroline Carpenter, at Center Inn

Gilbert Van Dorn began with a log cabin when he settled in Trenton Township on 1000 acres in 1817. He soon added extra rooms when he opened a tavern. Later he made brick on the property to build the house now owned by Timothy and Amy Welsh. On Saturday, October 21, they are opening their home as a fund raiser for the Big Walnut Area Historic Society.

So don clothes from 1817 to the present day and go east on St. Rt. 37 toward Johnstown.

Park you carriage at Vans Valley Community Church, 14440 State Route 37 East of Sunbury. You may easily walk or ride in a hay wagon to the historic Center Inn or Van Dorn Inn at 14659 E. State Rt. 37. Arrows will lead the way. If it is dry, there is parking in the field between 605 and the Van Dorn Inn.

When you enter the property near the driveway, an information table will be set up to direct you through the events.

The purpose of the event is to raise funds for the Myers Inn Museum. Note the donations jars near all the events and exhibits. Please donate generously.

Guided tours of the home are scheduled at 1:30, 2:00 and 2:30. A bell will ring to bring you to the front door for each tour. The tour costs $5 for everyone age 8 and older. Younger children will have to be carried by their parents. The tour is not handicapped accessible.

On the west yard demonstrations and exhibits are set up for your enjoyment. Old time hands-on crafts for the young include dipping candles, making corn-cob dolls or making Tussie Mussies. All ages may try their hand at the tavern games. Watch women hooking rugs. Or you may schedule a 15 minute reading with Lisa Noland-Shalosky for $25. (Her fee goes to the historical Society).

50/50 tickets will be sold for a $1 each, 6 for $5 or 12 for $10. Be sure your name and phone number is on each of the tickets when you put them in the jar. The winner will be drawn at 4:00.

A Silent Auction with an original oil painting of General Rosecrans’ Statue in front of the Town Hall, an overnight stay in Hocking Hills Get Away, two Half Hour private readings by Columbus, Ohio’s very own Psychic Medium, Trance Channel and Certified Spiritual Hypnotist Lisa Noland-Shalosky as well as many other items which will make great gifts. Many can be seen on the website at On the day of the event Silent Auction items will be under the canopies along the east side of the driveway. Return often to up your bid.

Homemade cookies, cider, lemon-aid, snacks and a birthday cake will be served in the food court throughout the event. Be sure to buy your password for $10 to get into the Speak Easy for adult beverages.

One may purchase a special VIP Pass for the day for only $25 and enjoy everything except the 50/50 drawing and the Silent Auction for free. Includes a house tour, and two adult drinks with $25 ticket. All advance sales completed before day of event will have buyer’s name entered in a drawing for a basket of Sunbury Goodies. See page 2 in this newsletter to learn how to purchase your VIP Pass.

Timothy Welsh adjusts Sign for 200th Celebration


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