Photograph of Buildings at the Historic Ozem Gardner Homestead, November 8, 2018

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Photograph of Buildings at the Historic Ozem Gardner Homestead, November 8, 2018 is a picture, with genre photograph, historic buildings and outbuildings.

It was created on Thursday, November 8, 2018.

Flint Cemetery and Worthington Libraries are the Contributors. Gena Smith is the Photographer.

This is the Historic Gardner Homestead as it appeared in November, 2018. The homestead was purchased by the Flint Cemetery in May, 2017, with plans to rehabilitate the building. The property adjoins the cemetery, separated only by a creek and ravine. The Gardner home is the brick building on the far left, with garages or outbuildings in the center and at the right.

The home’s builder, Ozem Gardner, came to central Ohio from Ostego County, New York, in 1817. He worked as brickmaker until he could save enough money to purchase 65 acres of farmland on Flint Road in 1821. He lived in a log cabin until late 1830's. The brick farmhouse was built around 1850. An active member of the Anti-Slavery Society of Worthington, Gardner operated an Underground Railroad station on his property. It has been said that he assisted more than 200 fugitive slaves on their journey to Canada. Ozem Gardner lived in this home until his death in 1880.

A notable previous resident of the home was Henry Hancock and his family, who lived there for approximately 30 years. According to an interview with his granddaughter, Hancock was the first Black sheriff’s deputy in Franklin County. He also ran a business, Funeral Police Escort, for more than 40 years.

It covers the topics African Americans, buildings, homes, Underground Railroad and slavery.

It features the person Ozem Gardner, 1797-1880.

It covers the city Worthington. It covers the area Flint.

You can find the original at Old Worthington Library.

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The Worthington Memory identification code is flc0001.

This metadata record was human prepared by Worthington Libraries on April 7, 2021.