|Subject:||Seven Ages of Man|
Located on the northwest corner of Columbus’ first public park, this carved stone gateway was donated by the Fish family, owners of the first company to manufacture bricks from slate or shale.
The gate features seven faces each depicting the Seven Ages of Man, part of a monologue from William Shakespeare’s As You Like It. The seven ages include infancy, childhood, the lover, the soldier, the justice, old age, and extreme old age.
The eighth face depicts Dr. Lincoln Goodale, the park’s namesake. Goodale was the first doctor to live in Columbus and resided in present day Franklinton and Downtown. Just before his death in 1868, he donated a 40 acre parcel of land to the City of Columbus to be specifically for public use as a city park. The land was renamed Goodale Park and was Columbus’s first public park.