Welcome to Victorian Village!
Before 1870, the area known today as Victorian Village today, was a series of farms on the northern outskirts of Columbus. One of the farms was owned by William "Billy" Neil, who was one of Columbus' early entrepeneurs. Neil had purchased his initial 300 acre farm in 1827 and over the years he added considerably to that initial purchase.
Neil built a farmhouse near the center of his farm that was located not far from where University Hall stands today. To get to the house, Neil built a road from downtown Columbus out to his farmhouse. That road would later become known as Neil Avenue.
By 1853, the Neils had purchased almost all the land west of High Street all the way to the Olentangy River and from downtown north to Lane Avenue which was the furtherest edge of the original farm.
At about the same time, Dr. Lincoln Goodale donated some 40 acres of land just east of Neil's road, for the express purpose of becoming a city park. That park became Goodale Park and this was the beginning of what would later become known as Victorian Village.
Today, Victorian Village has some of the finest examples of domestic Victorian Era architecture in the country. In the late 1960s and 70s, a new interest in the area began to flourish and has continued as homes are being carefully restored to their original character. Victorian Village's history and architecture make it a unique and diversified area that can still accommodate a variety of income levels and social backgrounds.