10 West Oak Street, Canal Winchester, OH 43110      PHONE: 614-833-1846
The Canal Winchester Area Historical Society is a non-profit organization founded and incorporated in 1975. It is "dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of our history." The Society meets March through November on the first Tuesday of each month in the historic O.P. Chaney Elevator at the corner of North High and West Oak Streets. The December Christmas party is held off-site.

The one-room Prentiss School building is part of the historical society complex which also includes: the Hocking Valley "Queen of the Line" railroad depot, two cabooses currently under renovation, the O.P. Chaney grain elevator, and a monument honoring Civil War Pvt. Alfred Cannon. Both the grain elevator and the railroad depot are individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Downtown, the Ed Jeffers Barber Museum opened in 1988 featuring the personal collection of Ed Jeffers. Mr. Jeffers felt that there should be a museum devoted exclusively to the art and history of barbering. The collection features such items as: shaving mugs, barber poles, razors and strops, blood letting tools from the days of barber-surgeons, shoe-shine chairs and barber chairs. See below for physical locations of each facility.

Education is an important part of the historical society's plan. A tour of the historical society complex and the historic districts of the village is part of the 4th grade experience for Canal Winchester school students. Other tours are individually arranged by appointment. The society participates in other community events throughout the year.

As part of preserving the history of the community, the society collects genealogical information and family histories. If you have information regarding the family history of Canal Winchester area residents, past or present, the society would appreciate any information you would like to share.

Mission Statement

The Canal Winchester Area Historical Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit educational corporation administered by interested citizens to collect, preserve, maintain, promote, educate, and inventory historical records, data, real and personal property, or other property that might be acquired by the Society. Our purpose is to educate the public as to the historical importance of Canal Winchester, Ohio and its surrounding area as an early farm community, an important port of the Ohio Canal, a railroad stop, and a growing community in the age of the automobile. This will be accomplished by educational programs of historical significance at the facilities owned by the Society and elsewhere, including programs at the "Queen of the Line" railroad station, Prentiss School, and the O.P. Chaney Grain Elevator, which facilities are currently owned by the Society. -- Adopted March 13, 2001

The Society officers are: President, Sean Cleary; Vice President and National Barber Museum and Hall of Fame Curator Michael Ippoliti. Secretary Billi Ann Conrad, Treasurer Joe Donahue.  Assistant Treasurer Jeanette Schneider.

Other Society Trustees - Bob Garvin, Carm Smith, Ronald Weaver and James Wynkoop.


NATIONAL BARBER MUSEUM (135 Franklin Street)
PRENTISS SCHOOL (10 West Oak Street)
HOCKING VALLEY RR DEPOT (96 North High Street)