I had an out of town buyer ask me late last year "Does Lewis Center have a downtown?" We had driven by this stretch more than once in the months and months and months and months we were looking at homes all over southern Delaware County and beyond.
"Downtown" Lewis Center is the original little village on Lewis Center Road at the railroad track.
A Whistle Stop called Lewis Center - a map of "downtown" Lewis Center
View a "Whistle Stop" called Lewis Center in a larger map
You may have to zoom out to see the map, showing the outline of the little "whistle stop" that was known as Lewis Center when most of southern Delaware County was farmland. Use the minus sign and the map will show the outline. Apologies for the map! The two markers? The two little, white churches in the little historic village of Lewis Center. The churches are pictured below.
The road on the Google map now says "Big Walnut Rd. Lewis Center Rd." That's just to confuse us! This country road becomes Big Walnut Road a little bit east of here. Turning onto the road from Columbus Pike on the west or S. Old State Road on the east, the road will be Lewis Center Road, it's the road to this little community at the railroad station, Lewis Center.
Lewis Center is named after the family of William L. Lewis who donated the land for the train station in the rural area east of Columbus Pike.
How do I know that? It's 2012... Wikipedia tells me so:
The Wikipedia listing for Lewis Ohio says it with a bunch of links to the other locations they refer to. Those links to Orange Township, Delaware County, Ohio, Columbus and Delaware are information about those places in Wikipedia.
Downtown Lewis Center - a village
There are two commercial buildings on Lewis Center Road just east of the railroad tracks, one is pictured above. There are a number of business signs.
A few years ago I remember someone writing on a Columbus food blog that Powell, Ohio another southern Delaware community did not have a downtown. The business district in Powell had a couple of good restaurants at the time of that post. If Powell did not or does not have a downtown... Well does Lewis Center have a downtown? Lewis Center is at the same time smaller and bigger than many communities in central Ohio.
There are a number of residences in the little "village" area. There are two churches in the little community east of the railroad track. The Free Will Baptist Church (left) in Lewis Center is no longer used?
The Lewis Center railroad station is gone? Or unrecognizable to me. I did not recognize the Flint Ohio (Franklin County, Ohio in the Worthington area) railroad station for years either.
Not a lot to find about the history of Lewis Center online... I found a bit on the Delaware County Historical Society, site. There is some history available about one of the churches, the Unitarian Universalist Church was the United Methodist Church until they built a new church on Lewis Center Road, west of the railroad tracks.
Lewis Center, Ohio a zip code
The Lewis Center, Ohio zip code is 43035. The zip code is a much bigger area. Lewis Center, Ohio has many neighborhoods most much newer than the little village. Lewis Center neighborhoods are spread out.
The Lewis Center Post Office is on Orange Road.
Homes in the Lewis Center area are in Olentangy schools. Or most of the area is in the Olentangy Local School District. When purchasing a home always check the school district of the property. Addresses in central Ohio can sometimes trick you. Olentangy High School is just west of the little whistle stop, of Lewis Center, or the downtown, if you want to call this area Downtown Lewis Center. There is a relatively new development on Columbus Pike with a Kroger grocery store and other businesses, at Lewis Center Crossing. There is plenty of shopping nearby, the Polaris area is right there.
The 2012 BIA Parade of Homes is in the area, starting in mid June. Just east of this little historic area of Lewis Center, in a neighborhood called Meadows of Lewis Center, there are 12 new homes nearing completion.