Canal Winchester
Henry Dove, of Virginia, was granted a quarter section (160 acres) of land in Canal Winchester, Ohio, around 1802 and moved his family there in 1811. Prior to his death, Dove divided his land equally between his two sons, Reuben and Jacob. In 1827, the Ohio and Erie Canal was routed through Reuben Dove’s wheat field. After protesting the proposed canal route, Reuben threatened to sue the state. Canal workers suggested that Reuben plat a town and sell lots, and in 1828, Reuben—along with John Colman—did so. They named the town Winchester, since Reuben’s father had lived in Winchester, Virginia. Benefiting from the area’s fertile soil, canal, railroad, interurban, and roadways, Canal Winchester, Ohio, would grow and thrive as an agricultural community.
Arcadia Publishing
: 9781467128995
: Arcadia Publishing
: 07/23/2018
: Ohio
: Images of America
: 207 Black And White
: 128
: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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Ronald Weaver has served as an officer and trustee of the Canal Winchester Area Historical Society. He holds a bachelor of arts in history and political science from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. Canal Winchester contains rare images, real-photo postcards, and ephemera from local and area residents, libraries, and historical societies. Most of the book’s images are from the Canal Winchester Area Historical Society.
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