CIRCLEVILLE – Hidden behind 6-foot cornstalks overlooking US 23 stands a home that’s overlooked this pasture for almost 200 years. Mount Oval, situated on an oval knoll, was built by William Renick a prominent cattle farmer in the time.
The house and land is rich with local history, including ties with the Native Americans living in the Pickaway Plains in the 18th century, and a suggested link to Thomas Jefferson. Former owner and lifetime resident of Circleville, Ohio, Mary Ruth Tolbert generously bequeathed her beloved home to the Pickaway County Historical Society in 2012.
When the land purchase was made in 1806 the deed for the property was signed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison both would-be presidents of the United States. In the video below more is explained on Jefferson’s connection to this farmhouse.
Watch as we take a tour into this gem of Circleville:
Tours are available: Reservations required. No tours July 4 and Labor Day Weekend. Group tours and special events can be scheduled by calling the Pickaway County Historical Society 740-474-1495 Admission: $7.00 Adults and $5.00 Seniors, Group, and Students ages 5-17