Website hosted by the
as a service to the Clintonville community. CCF is an
IRS 501(c)(3) charity organization.
(New information is ongoing.)
Community (Recreation) Center renovation and expansion:
An ad hoc community group had been working with City of Columbus
officials in the planning for the current renovation and expansion of the
Whetstone Recreation Center building - and is conducting a community
fund raising drive as the community's gift of support
of the new Clintonville Community
Room, an outdoor patio and playground area, and in-building
equipment enhancements. A VIP tour is scheduled for September 3.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be September 6. The building will
be featured on the September 14 Clintonville Homes Tour. Contact
the CCF for info on the Sept. 3 event:
Visit the community center's
Website for updated information.
annual Clintonville Homes Tour
will be held on Sunday, September 14, 2008.
opportunities are available Hosted
by the Clintonville Community Fund, Inc. with the support of the North
Area Real Estate Association.
Since 8.11.04, you are visitor:
there a Beechwold and a separate Clintonville?
all depends on who you ask - but the truthful answer remains the same.
Neither "Clintonville" nor "Beechwold" ever existed as political or
formally recognized entities. Thus any answer as to where the
boundaries are between the two areas is an answer based on myth.
The story begins in the 1800s, with the creation of Franklin County and
its Clinton Township. In 1847, the US Post Office employed a
postmaster to open a post office in the center of Clinton Township, near
the corner of Oakland Park Avenue and the former Sandusky Turnpike, a
plank covered toll road that we today know as High Street. The post
office was designated as "Clintonville", recognizing the center of the
township and the hamlet of a few dozen homesteads.
By the early 1900s, Columbus residents, a majority of whom lived downtown,
along with professors from the new Ohio State University, began to build
summer homes in the areas around the ravines and the river. Visitors
were lured into the country to enjoy the Olentangy Amusement, and later,
the short lived Columbus Zoo Amusement Park (where the "Old" Beechwold
Subdivision is today). With the arrival of the automobile,
developers turned the area farms and woodlots into more than 80
subdivisions - eventually constructing thousands of new homes.
During the 1940s, as the area's population expanded northward, towards
Rathbone (now Morse) Road, a new northern branch of the Post Office was
created, being designated as the Beechwold Post Office, recognizing the
clustering of businesses in the area north of the Overbrook Ravine, along
High Street - then State Route 23.
The southern Clintonville business area had its drug stores, groceries,
banks, hardware store, auto service stations, churches, and theater.
The northern area also had its own business clustering. Nearly a
mile of residences lined High Street in-between, including the large
Fuller Farm (today's Whetstone Park) and the Indian Springs Golf Course,
east of High Street at Henderson Road. Residents naturally adopted
the names "Clintonville" and "Beechwold" to designate their local
By the 1950s, the City of Columbus had annexed all of the area into the
City, erasing any formal separation between the two business centers.
In late 1974, the City of Columbus
created the "Clintonville Area Commission", designating its governance
area (south: the Glen Echo Ravine, west: the Olentangy River, north: the
City's border with the unincorporated Sharon Township and the City of
Worthington, east: the Big Four Railroad). Although the CAC's name
includes the word "area" - as time passed, most residents within the
geographical area of the CAC's oversight, including residents north of
Clinton Township, believed that they resided in "Clintonville". Thus
the imaginary boundaries grew.
An interesting observation is that of the more than 80 subdivisions that
were platted in the CAC defined area, other than for two small parcels on
Orchard Lane, the word "Clintonville" was not used in a subdivision name
or in the naming of a street. A review of property deeds as far back
as the early 1840s provides evidence that the community of Clintonville
was referenced as a legal description only in a handful of property
In contrast, the word "Beechwold" is employed in the "Beechwold
Subdivision" (Old Beechwold) and "Beechwold South Subdivision" - along
with the naming of East and West Beechwold Boulevard.
The purest amongst us proclaim that Clintonville is a state of (wonderful)
mind and its is a community that encompasses many neighborhoods, including
the Crestview, Walhalla, Dominion Park, Northmoor, Webster Park,
Northridge, Overbrook, Rosemary Park, Indian Springs subdivisions, as well
as the Beechwold subdivisions and the more than 70 other formally named
subdivisions. There is no right place to draw a line between the
often discussed Clintonville and Beechwold neighborhoods - because there
never was a formal boundary. "Clintonville" is the combination of
many neighborhoods. There is no value in trying to separate the two
halves of the community.
Today, the Beechwold Branch of the Postal Service serves an area that
extends south to North Broadway Street and as far west as the railroad
past Riverside Hospital. The Clintonville branch only serves up to
North Broadway, but south to include portions of the former "North
Columbus" community, south to Patterson Avenue, just north of Lane Avenue.
The party conversation will likely
never end - in endless riddle discussion of the where the dividing
-- Paul Bingle