one of the first African American country clubs in the United States

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.

Today, you a can visit the site, which is now Friendship Park, located at 150 Oklahoma Ave. Gahanna, OH 43230. Owned and operated by the City of Gahanna

to the following organizations for helping complete this project


Ohio Humanities Council
a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities
African American Interest Group
AAIG, Franklin County Genealogy & Historical Society
Ohio State University AAAS
African American & African Studies Community Extension Center
Senior Center
of the City of Gahanna
Gahanna Branch
of the Columbus Metropolitan Library
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101 S. HIGH STREET  |  GAHANNA, OH 43230

MAIL TO:    PO BOX 30602  | Gahanna, OH 43230


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