Franklin County Geneology and Historical Society - African American Interest Group
Gahanna Senior Center
Gahanna branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library
Ohio State University African American and African Studies Community Extension Center
This project was supported in part by the Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Big Walnut Country Club
In the mid-1920s Gahanna was a small rural village. Though only a few miles in distance, it seemed worlds apart from the growing Ohio capital of Columbus.
Nevertheless, when leaders of the African American communities in downtown Columbus were looking for a rural retreat for recreation, conferences, athletics, and social interaction, they established the Big Walnut Country Club in Gahanna, Ohio.
After decades of operation, the club shut down and for the past fifty years its achievements and existence have all but disappeared from memory, history, and local heritage... until now.