German Village has retained much of its original charm throughout the years, including red brick homes with wrought iron fences along tree-lined, cobblestone streets. A favorite gathering place for locals and visitors is Schiller Park, offering a variety of recreational activities, gardens, and an amphitheater featuring live performances during the summer months.
After the American Revolution, Congress created refugee lands for those who aided in the war. A veteran by the name of John McGowan claimed 328 acres, which eventually became German Village. As German immigrants arrived, he sold many lots of land to them, and by 1830, massive amounts of German immigrants came to the city. Despite disdain for German immigrants in Columbus during World War I, the Columbus German American community would produce one of America's finest heroes from the war, Captain Eddie Rickenbacker. Since 2009, German Village is considered one of the most desirable places to live in Columbus. This, in many respects, is due to the German Village Society maintaining the historic quality of the buildings and neighborhood. It is the largest privately funded historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.