Photographs of the Gathering Room at the Historic Gardner Homestead

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Photographs of the Gathering Room at the Historic Gardner Homestead is a picture, with genre photograph and historic buildings.

It was created on Thursday, November 8, 2018.

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

These photographs depict the interior of the gathering room of the Ozem Gardner house as it appeared in November, 2018. The gathering room was located on the ground floor of the house, to the left (west) side of the building as you walked in the front door. The homestead was purchased by the Flint Cemetery in May, 2017, with with plans to rehabilitate the building. The property adjoins the cemetery, separated only by a creek and ravine.

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 enslaved people on their journey to seek freedom in Canada. Ozem Gardner lived in this home until his death in 1880.

The flooring appears to be the original flooring of the house. The walls are plaster. Gardner built the home bit by bit, as he had the funds. It is believed that the fireplaces are original to the house.

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 Underground Railroad, African Americans, slavery, buildings and homes.

It features the person Ozem Gardner, 1797-1880.

It covers the city Columbus. It covers the area Flint.

You can find the original at Old Worthington Library.

This file was born digital in the format video/jpeg.

The Worthington Memory identification code is flc0007_001.

This metadata record was human prepared by Worthington Libraries on May 27, 2021. It was last updated July 15, 2021.