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
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