Southworth Memorial Park on Hartford Road
Brent Carson will present a program “Stadiums, Gyms, and Athletic
Fields of Delaware County” to Big Walnut Area Historical Society at
7:30 Tuesday evening, March 12, in the Myers Inn Museum Meeting
Before TV, all forms of sports and athletics were the most popular
entertainment in Delaware County. Towns and even companies had
competitive teams who often played against other county teams. All
had a home place to play. Today we watch school teams or independent
youth league teams but we go to the city or watch TV to see
All of these teams had a court, field, or gym they called home.
Schools have gyms and ballfields as part of the expense of building
a school but this was not always the case. Civic minded men and
women built the facilities without taxpayer dollars - Big Walnut
Football Stadium and Track Field is one of these.
Carson was born in Delaware, graduated from Hayes High School and
taught in Willis Jr. High until he retired. He has been the pillar
in the Delaware County Historical Society for many years and is
currently the president of the society. He co-chaired the Delaware
County Bicentennial Celebration with Rick Helwig in 2008.
Through the years, Carson has helped produce several DVDs and
programs on a variety of topics of local history. .
Today Brent can be found giving programs to schools and community
clubs, giving tours of the historical society and the surrounding
area, and always collecting history and stories of the county.