Galion, Ohio sits in the southeastern corner of Crawford County, about an hour’s drive north of Columbus. The first settlers arrived in 1817, but the town did not get its name until 1824, when it was named by a postmaster. In 1831, Galion was declared a town.
Galion was the birthplace of Orville J. Nave, a chaplain in the U.S. Army and the editor of Nave’s Topical Bible. Galion was also home to William Montgomery Brown. Brown was a bishop of the Episcopal Church who was tried and convicted of heresy. Brownella Cottage, the home of William Brown, still stands today and serves as a museum and the headquarters of the Galion Historical Society.
The Olentangy River winds a scenic route through the town, heading south to Columbus, where it eventually empties into the Scioto River. Though the Olentangy is not a very large river, another creek joins it near Heise Park. Heise Park is just one of five parks in Galion that offer a wide variety of recreational activities. Heise Park has a swimming pool open to the public with a waterfall and a baby pool. The Parks and Recreation Division of Galion runs a children’s program that provides educational activities for children across the 62 acres of the city’s parks. The town also offers boating and fishing in the city’s reservoirs, and hosts city leagues at the PECO II softball complex.
Notable places to visit in Galion include the Galion Theatre, the Veteran’s Memorial and the Log House at Heise Park, The Galion Park Square and Gazebo, and the Big Four Depot —the platform from where Presidential candidates Al Smith, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon gave their “platform speeches.” Galion hosts an annual Oktoberfest that includes food vendors, games, rides, and musical entertainment on three stages.
The first Saturday of December the annual “Come Home to Galion” is celebrated with entertainment, tours of Brownella Cottage, carriage and buggy rides, ice sculpting, food, and an open house at the library. “Come Home to Galion” also includes a parade that winds its way through town, ending at the depot, where there is a ceremony of Christmas Carols, reading of the Christmas story, and the lighting of the annual Christmas Tree. The children can also visit Santa at the Santa House to tell him what they want for Christmas.
Galion is a quaint town full of historic pride. A small town with a tight-knit community, Galion is a safe and fun place to raise children. It’s easy to see why so many families move to the area.
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