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Walkers discover hidden gems in Merion Village

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The Dispatch wrote Walkers discover hidden gems in Merion Village neighborhood

Sunday, September 28, 2008

BY SUZANNE HOHOLIK

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

They all have stories to tell. Some are 100 years old, some are younger, and about 40 people walked the streets of Merion Village today to hear their tales. What they heard was about buildings, not people.

Such as the tale of how the ghost of a former owner is thought to walk the rooms of the Isaly mansion on Mithoff Street, causing things to fall from window sills. Or that St. Paul’s United Church of Christ on Gates Street, a fixture since 1908, was built to be a German hunting club.

Then the little-known facts: that the Red Brick Inn just down Gates Street was Columbus’ first Piggly Wiggly supermarket and a hardware store long before it became a neighborhood bar.

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