Johann Christian Heyl

Johann Christian Heyl (HM1S7V)

Location: Columbus, OH 43215 Franklin County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 57.259', W 82° 59.955'

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Johann Christian Heyl (1788-1877), the first German and first Lutheran to settle in Columbus, was one of the original 15 settlers of the city. A baker by trade, Heyl came to bake for the soldiers quartered in Franklinton during the War of 1812. He founded the city's first Lutheran Church and helped financially underwrite the German Theological Seminary, which later became Capital University. An early civic leader, Heyl served on City Council for 14 years, was County Treasurer for 8 years, an associate judge in the Court of Common Pleas for 14 years, was appointed to the first public school board, and was the first Chief of the Fire Department. His Sunbury Road home was a stop on the Underground Railroad.
Side B
Johann Christian Heyl operated a hostelry at Rich and High streets for 28 years in the early 1800s, first known as the Swan and later as Franklin House. Due to its close proximity to the Statehouse and location just north of the entrance to the National Road on High Street, it was a popular stop for members of the General Assembly and center of many civic events. One such notable event was the Great Squirrel Hunt. Heyl organized the hunt at a time when squirrels were overrunning Columbus and farmers' crops were threatened. On Saturday, August 31, 1822, at two in the afternoon, hunters gathered at Franklin House and within hours collected 19,600 scalps.
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HM NumberHM1S7V
Marker Number63- 25
Year Placed2003
Placed ByJohann Christian Heyl Bicentennial Marker Committee The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, May 16th, 2016 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 329224 N 4424600
Decimal Degrees39.95431667, -82.99925000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 57.259', W 82° 59.955'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 57' 15.54" N, 82° 59' 57.3" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)614, 513
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 369 S High St, Columbus OH 43215, US
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