History of Memorial Day

Memorial Day

And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
~Lee Greenwood

In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson officially declared Waterloo, N.Y. as the “birthplace” of Memorial Day. The place has been disputed, with many small towns or cities across the land claiming the title, but the one thing that’s always been remembered is what it stands for.

Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day is indeed the day when we honor all those who have died in our nation’s service; those who made it possible for us to be free today.

On May 5, 1868, General John Logan (national commander, Grand Army of the Republic), officially proclaimed Memorial Day for the first time. It was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of both Confederate and Union soldiers, at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize it was New York (this was in 1873). By 1890, all northern states recognized Memorial Day. After World War I, when the holiday changed to acknowledge all who died fighting in any war, the South also recognized it. Today, almost every State celebrates Memorial Day on the last Monday in May. Several southern states, such as Texas and Alabama, also have a separate day on which they honor their Confederate war dead.

As we attend our festivities this Memorial Day weekend, we pay tribute to those who have given their lives so we could enjoy our freedom.

Possibilities for North Market Development

Columbus OH Possibilities for North Market Development

North Market News!

The City of Columbus has announced its interest in updating and renovating the thriving North Market. City officials are soliciting ideas from local developers about expanding the full-to-bursting popular urban marketplace, with the tentative plan to sell to a developer who can bring innovation and expand the usable space there.

Columbus is clear, they’re looking for long-term success for the North Market that is and the North Market that could be…if the plans they see don’t make sense for the space or would threaten the market or surrounding neighborhood, they’ll keep the market as it is.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the initial response from North Market manager and vendors was positive. The market has been around for 140 years, and previous changes have been good for both the Market and the neighborhood. An expanded North Market could be good for everyone if done well.

The Columbus Team looks forward to seeing the possibilities for North Market development!

Clinton Elementary Takes First Place!

Recently, ColumbusMonthly.com ranked Central Ohio schools, and The Columbus Team was thrilled to see a neighborhood school, Clinton Elementary take first place in the Elementary division! Our team is tickled to see a neighbor’s hard work and excellence rewarded! The Columbus Monthly rankings were based on student-teacher ratio, teacher education and experience, and the dollar amount spent per student.  CES was rated #1 out of many other wonderful elementary schools in the area.

Clinton Elementary is a Columbus City School serving 419 students in grades K-6. Their average student-teacher ratio was 21 students per full-time teacher, and their teachers have an average of 12 years on the job with 60% having Master’s degree or higher. Fully 100% of Clinton Elementary teachers are highly qualified. Students are equally dedicated, with a 97% daily attendance rate. The school and district spend an average of $8,900 per student per year.

The Columbus Team would like to congratulate and celebrate Clinton Elementary for their outstanding performance by anyone’s standards. We’re proud of our local teachers and school staff for creating such a wonderful learning environment for neighborhood children.

Want to learn more about Clintonville or other area neighborhoods? We know Columbus! Contact The Columbus Team today!

Victorian Village Neighborhood is a Top Ten Most Beautiful!

The Columbus Team was tickled to see that our own Victorian Village neighborhood rates in the Top Ten Most Beautiful, according to Thrillist.com!


The gorgeous range of classic architectural styles, the deep green landscape of Goodale Park, and the tree-lined streets were all listed at reasons why this Columbus neighborhood ranked #9 in a nation filled with beautiful choices. We’re so proud to see one of our favorite places in the capitol city listed alongside the New Orleans Garden District, Hyde Park in Chicago, and Central Park West in NYC. That’s quite a compliment!

We know Columbus. Want help finding the perfect beautiful neighborhood for you? Call us today!

Victorian Village Homes for Sale

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Great News for Columbus Sports Fans and Local Businesses!

basketballGreat news for Columbus sports fans and local businesses! The Columbus Team is pleased to congratulate The Greater Columbus Sports Commission, the Ohio State University, and Ohio Dominican University for being awarded 9 NCAA championship sporting events in 2014-2018. This represents one of the highest number of award selections for any one city in the country, and allows our Division I and Division II student-athletes the chance to play for the championship titles to a hometown crowd.

In addition to being wonderful news for our colleges, student-athletes, and fans, these events and others that the GCSC have brought to the Greater Columbus area generate over $200 million dollars in visitor spending, which is a huge boost to the area economy, which is certainly great news for Columbus sports fans and local businesses!