Old Tavern Preservation Society to Host Golf Fundraiser July 16 – News-Herald

The Old Tavern Preservation Society will kick off fundraising with its first-ever golf outing.

This event, scheduled for July 16 at the Madison Country Club in Madison Township, is called the Old Tavern Corn Fritter Classic. The outing takes place on National Corn Fritter Day, and the fried cake that is honored also holds a special place in The Old Tavern’s history.

“The corn fritter is the most well-known and beloved item on the Old Tavern menu,” said Erin Cicero, executive director of the Old Tavern Preservation Society.

Arthur and Hulda Fritz introduced corn fritters to the tavern when they owned and operated the establishment in the 1930s and 1940s, Cicero said.

Being able to incorporate corn fritters into the golf fundraiser title was a matter of good timing, she added.

“When we were scheduling the golf outing, it was by happy coincidence that an available date fell on National Corn Fritter Day,” Cicero said.

Tickets for the event can be purchased for four-member teams or individuals, and include green fees, golf cart, lunch, goody bag and dinner with corn fritters. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Golfers can register online by heading to oldtavern.org, clicking on the Events tab, and then locating a following link for Eventbrite. Additionally, applications can be printed from the website, completed, and mailed with a check to the company by July 2.

On the day of the event, attendees can begin check-in at 11:30 a.m. at Madison Country Club, located at 6130 Chapel Road. The Old Tavern Corn Fritter Classic begins with a gunshot at 1 p.m.

All proceeds from the outing will benefit the non-profit Old Tavern Preservation Society, which is dedicated to the rehabilitation and revitalization of its namesake building.

The Old Tavern, also known to many as the Unionville Tavern, celebrates its 224th year in 2022. Located at 7935 South Ridge Road in Madison Township, it has earned a position on the National Register of Historic Places and is recognized as Ohio’s oldest survivor. tavern, the company said on its website.

In addition to functioning as a tavern, the building also served as a stagecoach stop on the old Cleveland-Buffalo route; a station on the Underground Railroad; a post office; and a dining venue for historical figures such as Henry Ford and Thomas Edison.

Old Tavern Preservation Society is involved in a multi-year, phased project to restore and revitalize The Old Tavern, which was built in 1798.

The band formed in 2011, initially to publicize The Old Tavern, which had closed five years earlier and was deteriorating. In 2014, the group ended up buying The Old Tavern through private negotiation, a day before the building was to be sold at public auction.

In 2017, the company celebrated the completion of Phase 1 of The Old Tavern’s restoration, which involved the installation of a new roof; interior stabilization; restore the portico or front porch; and the restoration of the pillars of the portico.

The company recently completed Phase 2, which restored the front portico and completed most of the exterior. Currently, the company is raising additional funds to initiate phase 3, which will complete the exterior restoration, addressing the north/garden wall.

Fundraising for the restoration of The Old Tavern has also been an ongoing effort for the society, which has established a considerable track record of success in securing financial contributions ranging from large grants to private donations of all amounts.

Once fully restored, The Old Tavern will be used as a banquet hall, as well as for heritage tourism, community engagement and historical programming, Cicero said. There will also be a kitchen to keep the restaurant element included.

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