Welcome to the “Legacy Trail” under construction during the current renovation of Harvey S. Firestone Recreational Park, named after its gracious benefactor who, over 80 years ago, gave land and money to build, for his beloved hometown, what he described was going to be “the finest little park in the State.”
Where will this historic trail take you? You’ll follow in the footsteps of the Wyandot, Mingo and Delaware Indians of centuries ago when these Native American tribes roamed this very land. You’ll stop at the spot where pioneer settlers built a log cabin near the cool, clear waters of a natural spring existing nearby, and still flowing today. You can listen in the wind for the echoes of the weary travelers from the 1800’s who stopped at this spring to water their mounts as they traveled through Columbiana to and from the early buffalo migration routes of days past.
You’ll walk by the giant trees that grew, the lilacs that flourished and the wild roses that burst into bloom when the park was in its infancy. Like Harvey, you’ll stand at his special lookout where he surveyed the rolling farmlands as they were transformed into his vision of a recreational oasis for his community.
Join us now for a walk through history that will take you to Harvey’s Lookout, the Hanna Cabin Ruin Garden, the Hanna Spring Garden and the Idabelle Firestone Gathering Place and Garden with its Great Tree Lawn and reconstructed Lilac “Allee.”