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John and Joseph Blancett laid out the village of Blanchester in 1823. The community started as a central collection of log buildings among miles of farmland. Since that time, the village has grown, flourished, and suffered. The fire of 1895 destroyed most of the main commercial district at the heart of the village. Sons were sent off to fight in the Civil War and both World Wars. Through it all, Blanchester grew and thrived, and the community celebrated its centennial in 1924—a year late. Today, Blanchester is still a tightly knit village, where friends greet each other as they walk down the street and community events are put on a yearly schedule.
ISBN: 9781467114141
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Ohio
Series: Images of America
Images: 157
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Having been lucky enough to have grandparents who lived in Blanchester while she was growing up, Robyn Stone-Kraft has always had a soft spot for the quiet, rural village. Beyond dreaming of farming, she is a writer and a professor in Cincinnati. She was greatly assisted by the Blanchester Historical Society, which provided access to a vast collection of photographs as well as boundless knowledge of area history. Richard Read has been a resident in Blanchester for over 30 years.
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