2018 Reunion in Columbus

Every three years, the HHA holds a national family reunion. In 2018, it will be held in Columbus, Ohio area on the first weekend of August (Aug 3-5, 2018).

This reunion will be quite special, because it has been scheduled to coincide with two regional reunions within the John F Herriott line. John Foreman Herriott (1745-1801) is the youngest son in the family of David Herriott (Jr.) whose children define the major lines of the New Jersey Herriott family in America. Two of John F. Herriott's great-great-great-grandsons settled in Ohio. One was Lee Norris Herriott (1883-1961) and the other was Scott Houston Herriott (1886-1958). In the case of both Lee and Scott, the children and grandchildren would get together for a summer family reunion. The grandchildren continue those two traditions by holding reunions that now include the greatgrandchildren and great-great-grandchildren of Lee (around Delaware, Ohio) and Scott (near Reynoldsburg, Ohio). Each of these reunions is in the Columbus area, so we have invited them to join our national reunion for activities on the Friday and Saturday prior to their family reunions on Sunday August 5.

The reunion will be held at the Days Inn Columbus Airport.

Schedule of Activities

Friday, Aug. 5

3:00-7:00 pm. Registration

Dinner on one's own

7:30-9:30 pm. Welcome, Introductions, and Charity Auction

The Charity Auction is way for us to have a lot of fun and raise a little money for the association. It's part garage sale and part auction. We encourage our members to bring items that have some value, even if they come out of your garage, basement, attic or barn. We auction them off, with appropriate explanations of the history or provenance of the item, and the proceeds go to the HHA. Will yours be the "hot" item of the day?

Saturday, Aug 6

6:00-9:00 am. Breakfast at the hotel.

9:00-12:00. Group meetings at the hotel: Genealogy, Family History, and the DNA Project

The Saturday Morning Sessions are a favorite of our national reunions. As part of a talk called "A Tale of Two Families," our family historian Ray Harriot will talk about the Heriot and Herriott Families of South Carolina. President Scott Herriott will display a large family tree showing the Lee Norris Herriott and Scott Houston Herriott family groups and how they link into our master NJ Herriott family tree that goes back to 1685. He will also give a presentation on our DNA Project that relates our American family to those that remained in Scotland.

12:00-1:00 pm. Lunch on one's own.

1:00-5:00 pm. Excursion to the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

The Franklin Park Botanical Gardens will be a delightful trip. It is a major feature of the Columbus area. Our group will have a guided tour from one of the park's docents. Pray for sun. We'll have a rainy-day plan, but we haven't figured it out yet.

6:30-8:00 pm. Banquet at the hotel

The Banquet will be catered for our group, and we must pay for it in advance. All who attend must register in advance for the banquet, even if you are not staying in the reunion hotel. See below for registration.

Sunday, Aug 7

6:00-9:00 am. Breakfast at the hotel.

Local reunions: Lee N. Herriott & Scott H. Herriott groups on their own at their respective sites.

National reunion: 10:00-11:00 am Interdenominational service at the hotel (optional)

11:00 am. HHA Board Meeting

No Fee for the Reunion, But You Must Register

The Herriott Heritage Association will incur expenses for this reunion due to our use of the hotel's meeting rooms on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the service of the Saturday banquet.

We want to make the national reunion as accessible as possible, so we will not charge a fee to attend. We cannot afford to run a deficit on this reunion either. We compromise by recommending donation of $30 per person.

If you plan to attend the Saturday Banquet, we will likely go to a restaurant and either pay individually or have a buffet in private dining at an extra expense. We would like to keep the cost around $30 per person.

Those who go to the Franklin Park Botanical Gardens will pay their own entrance fees. Adults are $12, seniors (60+) and college students are $10, and children 3-17 are $6. The reunion will provide the tour guide at no extra fee.

To register for any part of the reunion, send an email to or phone Scott Herriott. He will send you a registration form. Email Scott Herriott at srherriott@gmail.com or phone him at 641-208-0511.

Hotel Rooms Available at a Group Discount Price

For reunion participants who are coming from afar, we have arranged a special deal group discount on the price of the hotel rooms. As of December 2017, we have not finalized a contract, but the hotel has offered us the rooms for Friday and Saturday nights at $75 per night, plus tax.