Story of Sunbury from
            Indian Trails to City

Polly Horn will give the program to the Big Walnut Area Historical Society at 7:30 Tuesday evening, May14 in the Myers Inn Meeting Room. Admission is free.

When Lawrence and William Myers chose the spot on their property to plat a town in 1816, they made a wise decision. Most of their land was in a deep forest with no way to get through without following the paths used by the Native Americans moving south to north and east to west. It would be 4 years before the state would open the first road through their property.

So how did this town grow into a city? Using photos, Horn will show the growth as we leave our small town behind to become a city in 2020 census.

Horn is a native who has spent most of her life in Sunbury and watched the changes being made. “From the time I was very young, there was always a threat that Columbus would overtake Sunbury. Although we have not been annexed, many of our newer residents came from Columbus moving up the highway looking for a small town atmosphere,” notes Horn.

The presentation will bring back memories for those who have lived here and enlighten those who have recently moved in.

Horn is the curator if the Myers Inn Museum. Her knowledge of the changes are inherited from her family. Her great-great grandfather Horace Whitney came to Sunbury Township from Luzerne County, Pa. in 1826.  Her grandfather, father, husband and brother all were associated with the late The Sunbury News and active in local politics.

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