The Lobby

Welcome to the Grove City Area Historical Society and Museum, original home to a hotel built between 1905 and 1910, and purchased by the Society in 2000. Remnants of the hotel are seen immediately upon entering as the original registration desk, cash register, and key case still remain on the left side of the room. To the right, in one area, our Genealogy Lab, is full of resources to be used by visitors, and there is volunteer staff to help on a regular schedule. Also found in this room is an original Estes Pump Organ, Serial #74339, a gift to a local woman on her wedding day in 1938. Flanking the organ are 2 large mannequins garbed in original costumes of the Highland Band, a renowned group of pipers started in Grove City by George Ketler in 1948 and known around the world. Don’t leave this room without giving attention to the large gold Heritage Tree, painted by local author and artist, Lillian Reeher, and adorned with engraved aluminum, bronze, and copper leaves, produced by Wendell August Forge, which can be provided in memory or in honor of loved ones. Proceeds of this project support the preservation of the building and its artifacts for the generations to come.