Historical Center
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Questions can be directed to Gloria Parsisson: 740-625-6313 or [email protected]
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Did you know that the Oldtime Farming Festival donates farm and farm history books to the Centerburg Public Library?
Submitted by Gloria Parsisson
Courtesy of The Village Photographer
Courtesy of The Village Photographer
Much of history is story telling that gets passed down through the ages. This year's History Center will focus on stories shared about Centerburg, plus Hilliar, Liberty and Milford townships. A special salute to Hilliar Township, founded in 1818. Stop by the tent to read some of the stories, better yet, share the stories you have. Forms will be available. We are located just east of the main stage and will be open 10 am to 5 pm both Saturday and Sunday. Hope to see you there.

Courtesy of The Village Photographer.
Courtesy of The Village Photographer.
One of the stories with an 1863 picture:
Submitted by Gloria Parsisson
Election Day 1963
Knox County's first election was held on April 4, 1808. The first election in Hilliar Township was held in 1818 at the home of Thomas Merril. The location of voting for the Village of Centerburg and Hilliar Township from 1860 to 1884 was the large building in the background above. It stood at the back of the southwest corner of the Public Square and housed public offices for both village and township and the first volunteer fire department. It also was the location of a private high school, The Academy, until the teacher left for the Civil War.
In the picture note that all those pictured were men. Women could not vote until 1920. Main street was dirt with hitching posts. On the left side of the picture you can see the sign for Centeral House, a hotel.
The Oldtime Farming Festival
Courtesy of Gloria Parsisson
Courtesy of Gloria Parsisson