On-Going Upper Arlington Historical Society Events

These are events that the Upper Arlington Historical Society offers to the community . Please see the calendar for our current upcoming events schedule.

 Our tour guides to 1918 - Cindy & Kristin.

Our tour guides to 1918 - Cindy & Kristin.

historical trolley tours

*NEW* - "The 1918 Historic Trolley Tour" 
One date remaining - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27th
Find registration / payment information here to get your tickets.

Celebrate Upper Arlington's centennial by traveling back in time! It's 1918, and you are a new member of the fledging Upper Arlington community. View homes, streets, and other sights as they would have looked 100 years ago. Learn about the forces that have shaped the community we enjoy today.

Participants will receive an educational booklet containing several historic photos, along with pre-tour snacks.

Tour Information:

  • Saturday, October 27 - Tours at 9am, 10:30am, Noon, and 1:30pm 
  • Depart from First Merchants Bank at Tremont Center
  • Recommended for ages 12 & up
  • $21.50 for members of the Upper Arlington Historical Society / $26.88 for non-members

Public tours are generally offered twice per year, in Spring and Fall. Dates will be announced on our calendar, and members are emailed directly about ticket sales. Cost is $20 for members / $25 for non-members (+ tax).

If you would like to discuss booking a tour for a large group, or if your business would like to become a sponsor or publish an ad in our Trolley Brochure, please contact us at info@uahistory.org.

We also have two other themed trolley tours of UA:

  • "History 101": Beginner's guide to the history of Old Arlington, visiting highlights of the original village, and then heading north to additional historic points.
  • "The Spirit of Community": Focuses on the development and growth of UA's neighborhoods, schools, parks and business districts. See the tour route


walking tours 

Generally offered early Fall, walk the oldest streets in Upper Arlington on our "Early Residents and Their Residences" tour. 

About one hour in length, the tour discusses UA's first citizens and the general architectural styles popular a century ago, along with interesting facts about the development of our community.

A $5 donation per person is much appreciated. Please see our calendar for upcoming tour dates.

If you wish to book this tour for a larger group, please contact us at info@uahistory.org.


 Wall of Honor outside UA's Municipal Services Center.

Wall of Honor outside UA's Municipal Services Center.


 The 2018 induction ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 20th. All are invited. See event details and the 2018 inductees here.

wall of honor

Each year a deceased Upper Arlington resident who contributed greatly to the city, state or nation, by his or her achievements is selected for the Wall of Honor. The idea was conceived by City administration and is a joint project of the Historical Society and the City of Upper Arlington. In December nomination forms are available and must be returned by mid January. A ceremony is held in May and a bronze plaque, dedicated to the honoree's memory is placed on the limestone wall in front of the Municipal Services Center.

To qualify for the honor, the person must be deceased and must have lived in Upper Arlington at some point in his/her life. Additionally, he/she must meet one or more of the following requirements: Be outstanding in achievement in the arts, professions, politics, science, education, sports, religion, commerce, philanthropy, public service, or a reputation that brings honor to the community, or personal commitment and service to the community, or had a lasting impact for the good of the community.

The Wall of Honor inductees are an impressive group, including former Ohio Governor James A. Rhodes, King G. Thompson and Benjamin S. Thompson who founded Upper Arlington, OSU football coach Wayne Woodrow (Woody) Hayes, C. William O'Neill who is the only person to have held the highest office of all three branches of Ohio government, Dr. Arthur G. James who founded the OSU Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Research Institute, and Stefanie Spielman and Cindy Dyas who both worked tirelessly to raise funds and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. 

upper arlington centennial celebration

Save the year! Don't miss out the once in a lifetime opportunity to help plan Upper Arlington's Centennial Celebration. Organizational meetings have already begun but it isn't too late to make an impact and help all Arlingtonians celebrate a memorable 100 years of central Ohio history.