Mount Oval historic home

Mount Oval is hosting its summer tours at the historical home and farm. One of the items visitors will see is a variety of valentines from the early part of the last century.

CIRCLEVILLE — For guests and visitor’s of Mount Oval, it’s a summer of love.

Carolyn Seitz, chair of the Mount Oval Steering Committee and a member of the Pickaway County Historical and Genealogy Society, said this summer’s tours of the historical house and farm will feature more than 200 antique valentines, mostly from the 1920s.

Tours are going to be held the first and third Saturdays of June, August and September as well as on July 20 at 10:30 a.m. and during the week by special arrangement. Tours can be arranged by contacting the Pickaway County Historical Society office.

Seitz said they had the previous owner of the property in mind when coming up with the events this summer.

“Mary Ruth Talbert loved art, music and culture and we try to honor her through the activities,” she said. “She loved her house and she would love the activities there.”

Seitz said she discovered some valentines and combined them with another member of the committee, which gave them the idea for the exhibit.

“One of our people had some valentines to share and we don’t do anything in February because of the weather,” she said. “So we decided to do something this summer. I found a box of about 150 valentines from my mother when she was in grade school in 1920 through 1924. We said we had a lot, so we’ll use them. It honors that art part.

In addition to the summer tours, Mount Oval will host several other events this summer including the Art in the Barn event on Sunday, June 23 from 2 to 4 p.m.; day camps for fourth and fifth grade students on July 17 and July 24, and a Down on the Farm on July 27, an event featuring yesteryear agriculture, crafts, food and more from noon to 4 p.m. There will also be an Ice Cream Social and Square Dance on Aug. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m.

“We’re getting more visitors from out of town for our tours,” she said. “We had a [Daughters of the American Revolution] group from Grove City and another group from Waverly. We love that we can share Pickaway County with them.”

Mount Oval also will play host to a July 21 concert on at 6:30 p.m., weather permitting, featuring the Pumpkin Show Band and the Great Seat Band of Ross County.

“Bring lawn chairs and enjoy great music in a beautiful setting,” Seitz said.

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