Local Resources and Information on Lewis Center Ohio

Lewis Center is an unincorporated community of northwestern Ohio's Orange Township, Delaware County, that is located a convenient 30 minute commute from both greater metropolitan Columbus and the state of Delaware. Lewis Center, situated on the eastern side of the Olentangy River, is one of one of Ohio's fastest-growing jurisdictions due to its proximity to the Columbus metropolitan region. Lewis Center affords its residents the diverse and thus stable economy Columbus is known for, and career opportunities in the fields of education, government, insurance, banking, fashion, defense, aviation, food, logistics, steel, energy, medical research, health care, hospitality, retail, and technology.

As a bedroom community of greater Columbus, Lewis Center residents enjoy all the amenities and attractions of big city living without the stresses and difficulties of big city life. The first recorded American settlers to the Orange Township region arrived in 1807. Following the War of 1812, Alum Creek's first settlers arrived from Pennsylvania, constructing the Alum Creek Reservoir in approximately 1819. By 1824, the western banks of the Alum Creek were becoming settled as well, and the Samuel Patterson house was one of the notable "underground railway stations" of Ohio's history during the Civil War. The Columbus region was also a base for the volunteer Union Army at that time. In 1831, the National Road from Baltimore arrived in Columbus, which, along with the completion of the Ohio and Erie Canals, brought business, industry and a wave of new residents to the area.

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Lewis Center has enjoyed city growth and technological advancement, but has never lost touch with the natural beauty of the area on which it was founded. Alum Creek State Park and Alum Creek Phase II Mountain Bike Trail, the community's most notable natural destinations, offer residents an idyllic retreat into the beauty of its untouched lands. The Scioto and Olentangy rivers, as well as the area tributaries Big Walnut Creek and Darby Creek offer residents the pleasures of the outdoors. Columbus and Franklin County's Metropolitan Park District boasts the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Zoombezi Bay Water Park and Amusement Park, as well as Franklin Park Conservatory Botanical Gardens, Kelton House Museum and Garden, the Ohio Historical Center& Ohio Village and numerous other public parks to enjoy at leisure. The Audubon Nature Center, Chadwick Arboretum and Whetstone Park Park of Roses serve to round out the offerings of Ohio's natural beauty. Equestrian activities, golf and auto racing, as well as hockey, soccer, roller derby and minor league baseball are also locally available favorite activities. Wayne National Forest and Deer Creek State Park and Resort & Conference Center are also within an hour's drive from Lewis Center. Lewis Center is also home to numerous historical markers, including The Gooding House and Tavern, Four Chaplains, Kingwood Memorial Park Veterans Memorial, The Union Land Company, Olentangy River Road and Africa Community.

A thirty-minute commute brings Lewis Center residents access to the Scioto Mile, Columbus Museum of Art, Wexner Center for the Arts, Jerome Schottenstein Center, Jack Nicklaus Museum, Greater Columbus Convention Center, as well as many other notable venues that offer cultural events year round, from organizations such as the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Opera Columbus, BalletMet Columbus, The ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, CATCO, Columbus Children's Theatre, Shadowbox Cabaret and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. Polaris Fashion Place offers Lewis Center residents an abundance of shopping, dining and entertainment options in a convenient location, with everything from unique local boutiques to high-end national retailers and a multitude of restaurants to choose from. From history to technology, culture and nature to sports and recreation, Lewis Center is ideal for families, professionals and retirees alike, offering a wide variety of services catering to residents from all walks of life.

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