This informal neighborhood is the center of Clinton Township. Comprised of independently owned shops and unique restaurants such as The Crest, Elm & Iron, and The Laughing Ogre. This community provides an endless amount of entertainment with year round attractions such as The Clintonville Farmers' Market and the 13 acre Park of Roses located in Whetstone Park. Come celebrate the beauty of Clintonville.
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The Wine Bistro
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Elm & Iron
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Whetstone Park of Roses
As one of the largest public rose gardens in America, with over 12,000 roses of more than 400 different varieties, this is truly a unique and one of a kind experience.
Although you'll find signs saying "Welcome to Clintonville" at the main entryways to the community, there is no "official" Clintonville, as the area has never been incorporated. The original settlers were Continental Army soldiers who were given land grants in lieu of pensions. In 1831, Methodist minister Thomas Bull purchased 600 acres of farmland along the Columbus-Worthington pike. Since there were no other businesses in the community, the Bull family erected shops and homes and offered them free of charge to any skilled laborers who would settle in the area. The Clintonville post office (named for Vice President, George Clinton) opened on September 13, 1847 - a date now celebrated as the neighborhood's birthday.
By the early 1900s, the community was thriving as a summer getaway for residents of downtown Columbus and faculty from the Ohio State University. The surrounding farmland was converted into housing developments once the streetcar lines from Columbus reached the area. A business district developed in Beechwold, another unincorporated area; both communities became part of Columbus after it annexed most of Clinton Township in the 1950s.
Clintonville was once home to “The Villa,” at the time (1880) the largest amusement park in the United States. The park included a roller coaster known as the "Loop-the-Loop," a zoo, a dance pavilion, a waterslide, the country’s largest theater and the biggest swimming pool in the world. In 1939, the Olentangy Village apartment complex was built on the site. The park's carousel can now be seen at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
Things To Do
Clintonville residents take full advantage of Whetstone Park with its bike trails, baseball fields, tennis courts, pond, ravine, library and recreation facility, as well as the beautiful world-renowned Park of Roses . During the summer, concerts are held every Sunday evening in the park's gazebo. Whetstone Park also hosts an annual Fourth of July fireworks display known as Red, White, & BOOM! Opportunities to socialize while making music are available with the Clintonville Community Band and the Clintonville Community Choir .
Just 10 minutes away, you'll find Columbus with its incredible variety of entertainment venues, dining establishments, shops and museums. Sports fans can root for the National Hockey League's Columbus Blue Jackets or support the Columbus Crew at the nation’s only exclusive Major League Soccer stadium. For the occasional escape or business trip, Clintonville is conveniently located 20 minutes from Port Columbus International Airport.
Neighborhoods in the area are divided into four unofficial communities:
- South Clintonville – a blend of single and multiple family homes, the majority of which were built prior to 1930 in a variety of designs ranging from American foursquare to other revival styles. The area also features many catalog kit homes.
- North Clintonville – homes built from the 1920s through the late 1950s. Houses in this neighborhood lack alleyways and feature driveways as the automobile became a necessity.
- Beechwold – features a wide variety of architecture from Cape Cod influenced homes to high style, high end housing.
- North of Morse - is home to the recently refurbished Graceland Shopping Center, the Ohio School for the Deaf and the Ohio State School for the Blind.