Residents of Central Ohio have always considered Pickerington a little farm town to the southeast of Columbus, Ohio’s capital. However, the modern Pickerington is so much more. Whether you consider Pickerington a small farming town with big city connections or a big city with farming roots, this dynamic town offers the best of both worlds!
Pickerington’s city footprint sits on the northern edge of Fairfield County. It is home to over 15,000 residents who enjoy all the benefits of a Midwestern lifestyle. Here, residents enjoy an excellent quality of life, support strong commerce centers, and have convenient access to the amenities expected of a metropolitan area such as Columbus.
Home to the Wyandotte, Shawnee, and Mingo tribes, Pickerington became part of the Northwest Territory after the Treaty of Greenville in 1795. The treaty opened the fertile plains and timber rich forests of Ohio to war heroes from the Revolutionary War. As was the custom, the territory was divided into counties and then into smaller districts called townships. In 1811, James Looker, a rich Virginian, purchased Violet Township sight unseen for his children. By 1827, the little township of Violet grew into the town of Pickerington, named in honor of one if its original settlers: Mr. Abraham Pickering, a son-in-law of Mr. Looker. When Mr. Pickering arrived from Virginia with his wife Ann, he purchased additional land from his father-in-law and reserved three lots for a school, cemetery, and a beautiful Methodist church.
From the founding of Pickerington through the mid-1960s, the community was an active farming community. With the development of an interstate system and a better cared for county road system, Pickerington grew into a bedroom community for both Lancaster to the south and Columbus to the north. In 1991, after nearly 190 years as a small farming town, when its population topped 5,000, Pickerington became certified by the Ohio Secretary of State as a city and is today the second largest city in Fairfield County.
As the community has grown, so have the schools. Over the past decade the Pickerington Local School District has seen its enrollment increase annually. What is truly impressive about the Pickerington Local School District is their success in the face of this continual growth. Offering a large number of academic, extra-curricular and athletic programs, the community understands what it takes to produce success in their students. Click here to view the latest Public School District Report Card for the Pickerington Local School District. Click here to view Private Schools close to this community.
As the city has grown, so has its commitment to maintaining Pickerington’s agricultural roots. The Parks & Recreation Department manages over 150 acres, providing a variety of programs and opportunities for adults, children and families to be close to nature. The numerous city parks offer shelter houses with picnic tables and grills, playground units, access to the Zeller-Smith Covered Bridge, an amphitheater, fishing and boating ponds, and athletic fields for a variety of sports. Add to this its proximity to a number of Columbus Metro Parks, such as Pickerington Ponds, Slate Ridge Historical Farm and Three Creeks.
Though, the conveniences of Pickerington far extend the fields and farmlands that still exist today. Living in Pickerington also provides residents with access to local entertainment, shopping and fine dining, as well a short 25 minute drive to access all that downtown Columbus has to offer.
While the growth of Pickerington may have sparked a more suburban feel, no one would argue that the magnetism of Pickerington lies within its small town feel and big city amenities.
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