Franklin Area
Historical Society
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The Franklin Area Historical Society

The Franklin Area Historical Society (FAHS) was established in 1965 to preserve the history of the City of Franklin and the area. This is accomplished through a variety of publications, including our newsletter, as well as the collections and exhibitions of objects of local historical importance in the Harding Museum and the Log Post Office museum.

Our Mission: The mission of the Franklin Area Historical Society is the collection and preservation of objects and materials relating to the history of Franklin and Franklin Township, Ohio, and to disseminate knowledge of that history through educational programs, publications, tours and the operation of our Harding Museum and Log Post Office Museum.

FAHS welcomes new members! Download a membership form and pay with a check or fill out this online membership form to pay with a credit card. Questions? Contact us

If you wish to be added to our e-mail list, please contact the webmaster.

Our July 2020 newsletter is available online

Our online auction is live through Sept. 21.  See it here:

FAHS is a past winner of the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce's Eldridge Award for Historic Preservation.

Franklin was founded in 1796 by General William C. Schenck. Franklin had a post office as early as 1802  (under the Northwest Territory) with John N. C. Schenck as postmaster.

The community of 11,400 is part of Franklin Township, which has a total population of approximately 27,800. The local school district,
Franklin City Schools, is highly rated by the Ohio Department of Education.

Franklin has an active Chamber of Commerce.

Franklin Area Historical Society | 302 Park Avenue |Franklin, OH 45005

Support has been provided by Ohio Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Federal CARES Act of 2020.

The Harding Museum 

The Harding Museum is located at 302 Park Ave., at the corner of Park Ave. and Elm St., in the City's historic Mackinaw District. 

It was a gift to the society from the late Maj. Gen. Forrest Harding, one of the society's founders. It contains many of his artifacts as well as other local objects.

Hours: Fridays, 10 to 3 and Saturday, 11 to 2. 

Admission is free, courtesy of Wesbanco

To make an appointment to visit at another time, call (937) 746-8295.

The Harding Museum is a unique place to have a holiday party or an event throughout the year. The main floor of the building can be rented for a three-hour, get-together for forty or fewer participants at a cost of $150. 

Check the Facility Rental Contract for details or call 937-746-8295 for questions. Download and print the facility rental agreement

Franklin Area Historical Society welcomes tour groups at the museums. Please call (937) 746-8295 for information and scheduling. 
The Log Post Office

The Log Post Office is currently closed due to the inability to maintain social distancing guidelines in the small space.

The Log Post Office on River Street at Fifth Street dates back to 1805. It was commissioned by Thomas Jefferson and is one of the oldest standing post offices in Ohio. It contains artifacts representing that era. It's Ohio's oldest standing post office on the National Register of Historic Places.
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