A donor has come forward to match any new donations between now and the end of the year. They ask the donations NOT be the usual end-of-year donations or money already promised. So if you haven’t donated before or you think you could double your usual EOY donation, this is your opportunity to really make…

We are thrilled to announce that Abbey supporters Nicholas and Susan Farmer have pledged to underwrite the cost of restoring one of the Abbey’s gorgeous stained glass windows. The window selected is the left window gracing the first-floor parlor. We want to thank Nicholas and Susan Farmer for their generous support and lovely gesture. The…

Dear Mr. Thurston, I remember when I was very young seeing my first magic show. I was totally in awe witnessing the magical effects presented by the magician. This encouraged my curiosity, leading me to study and start practicing the art of magic. ln my studies I discovered you: Howard Franklin Thurston, world’s greatest magician,…

This spring, WOSU hosted a birding outing at Green Lawn Cemetery and followed it with brunch at the Abbey. Celebrated birding blogger and author, Julie Zickefoose, was on hand signing books and sharing observations on the morning’s experience. WOSU host of All Things Considered Ann Fisher welcomed the group and emceed the program.

There are two reasons why the Abbey has been a “hidden” gem for so long. First, a very tall hedgerow used to block visibility of the Abbey from the street. About 14 years ago, a family member of one of our residents paid to have the hedgerow removed in hopes it would reduce vandalism (and…

On Saturday, September 21, the first annual Green Lawn Abbey Classic & Exotic Car Show kicks off, and YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS IT! Displayed on the Green Lawn Abbey sweeping lawn will be a spectacular array of amazing cars. Stroll the grounds with good friends and car enthusiasts enjoying fabulous foods, classic music…

The Abbey has been a beehive of activity. On May 11 was our annual “Spring Cleaning.” Having this wonderful crew made the day so successful and timely. The Abbey looked amazing when we were finished. Many thanks to all these great volunteers! Remember the large black stain in the 1st floor foyer? That stain is…

If you’re interested in the historic neighborhoods of Columbus, you’ve probably seen or heard of Brenda Dutton. She is a fountain of historical information. Raised in Appalachia, Brenda credits her passion for history to her teachers who made history come alive. She soaked up history in neighboring states before heading off to college where she…

George William Bobb George William Bobb (better known as “Will” to distinguish him from his father) was born in Columbus, Ohio, on August 18, 1871. He was the son of George and Mary (Kaetzel) Bobb. He attended Columbus public schools until he was15 before attending Columbus Business College to prepare for a future in the…

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