If you didn’t already know these fascinating facts, it’s time you got over to the Franklin Township Historical Society’s Meeting House, located at 6510 S. Franklin Road. The FTHS, is housed in the former Big Run Baptist Church (1871), a beautifully preserved structure that served a congregation until 1977 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. Inside this one-room building, the FTHS maintains a museum where one can get up close and personal with hundreds of historic items, many of which visitors can (respectfully) touch and try — like a petting zoo of ancient implements.
The FTHS is open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. on the first Saturday and third Sunday of each month from March through October. They offer quite a wide variety of high-quality community programs, including group tours of the Meeting House for schools, clubs, scout troops, and other groups. FTHS volunteers are always on hand to answer questions about exhibits or to help research specific topics of interest. No admission is charged.
During the months of operation, the organization offers special themed programs. Presentations feature experts, authors, and artifacts such as vintage postcards, quilts, apparel, antique toys, comic books, sports memorabilia, etc.