Exploring Downtown Dublin

Date March 28, 2010

Carson and I tackled some exploration yesterday that we’ve been talking about for a week or two: downtown, historic Dublin.

The most critical ingredient in any successful exploration is a cheerful explorer:

A Cheerful Explorer

We started off behind the Dublin library at the Indian Run Cemetery. It’s a small patch of land with a lot of the headstones long since worn down and broken — most of them dating back to the early to mid-1800s.

Indian Run Cemetery

Indian Run Cemetery

We then walked over to the adjacent Dublin Veterans Park Grounds of Remembrance, which is very well done and has a nice Ralph Waldo Emerson quote from Concord Hymn etched into the wall in the open-air structure.

Dublin Veterans Park Grounds of Remembrance

Dublin Veterans Park Grounds of Remembrance

From there, it was on to a small pond, which then led us to stumble across the Kiwanis Riverway Park down on the banks of the Scioto River, which was a real find!

Checking out the park

A fleet-footed explorer

Geese on the banks of the Scioto River

In the park, there was a “Riverbox,” which was made from found objects and placed as part of an art installation. It’s an operable box that is, apparently, a geocaching spot. But, it also has a couple of laminated cards in it that explained some of the history of that area of Dublin.

Riverbox

Riverbox

THAT information, in turn, led us up to South Riverview street, where we found the oldest stone home in Dublin, built between 1822 and 1824.

Oldest Stone Home in Dublin

And, we found this big frog who was completely unfazed by our stopping to check him out.

DSC_0078

We also found this brick house, which looked fairly typical of other houses from that same period when it came to its small and compact appearance…

Brick Home

…but then we walked on by and looked back…and realized that the house is now MUCH larger than the original structure!

Brick Home...with Addition

We finished up at MJ’s Candy Bar, where we selected some treats for everyone in the family before heading home. Overall, it was a very successful exploration!

2 Responses to “Exploring Downtown Dublin”

  1. Mom said:

    Guess who has already seen this post on FB?!

  2. Kim Wilson said:

    I got tired just reading about all of the activities. Sooo… has B. outgrown the camoflage hoodie and handed it down to Carson? This makes things very confusing for photo histories.

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