Originally platted in 1847, North Columbus was an independent prosperous town outside the reaches of Columbus until it was annexed in 1871. Homes along its side streets often date from before the Civil War and the intersection of Dodridge and High Streets was once a Union encampment. Later, Old North Columbus served as a stagecoach stop between Columbus and Worthington along the Sandusky Pike – now High Street.
Just south of the temperance-minded Clintonville, the once-independent town has a colorful history of saloons and speakeasies. Today it is becoming a stronghold for Columbus’ independent music scene with several venues hosting local performers. The Olde North Columbus Preservation Society and several block watches help cultivate a neighborly atmosphere.
The business district along High Street in Old North Columbus is distinct and boasts over one hundred years of architectural styles. A variety neighborhood services are within walking distance of adjacent homes. Neighborhood commercial centers can be found along Indianola Avenue and on Summit Street at Hudson. A new High Street streetscape was completed in 2010; arches now span High Street to mark the entryway to the historic former town.