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Valley City, Ohio

Updated on October 23, 2014

Welcome To Valley City, Ohio

Valley City, Ohio is an old historic town. Technically, Valley City is what some would call a 'suburb' of Liverpool Township. Liverpool Township is the oldest established town in Medina County, and prior to the Revolutionary War was home to the Pottawatomie Indians.

If you like small town America where home is always in the heart, welcome to Valley City, Ohio - my old hometown. This is a view of the local post office.

Valley City History

In 1795 Valley City was part of the property of Daniel Coit of Connecticut, who advertised the land for sale. He was part of the Connecticut Land Company, which had bought the Connecticut Western Reserve for about 40 cents an acre. The Western Reserve was land set aside by the Continental Congress for payment of Revolutionary War Soldiers in lieu of wages.

The Settlers and The Potawatomi Indians - Friends of the Valley City Settlers

In 1807 Seba Bronson, Jr., a Revolutionary War Veteran, came from Columbia Township to the north, and "squatted" on the land. He planted corn, built a dwelling, and met the Pottawatomie Indians who came to the area to hunt.

The Indians had found a salt spring, which provided a useful way of preserving meat. They sold the location of the salt springs to Seba and a man named Capt. Jared Pritchard for 5 silver dollars. The word spread about the salt spring, and the town began to build. Part of that salt spring runs its course through my family's old farm.

From what I learned about the Indians, they were like the early settlers in a lot of ways. The warring Iroquois and Chippewas were always running them out of their homes. They were described as the most civilized, peaceful, and courteous of all the Indians in the area at the time. But they were untrusting of settlers (the settlers reminded them of the Iroquois with regard to land stealing), so they sided with the French and British during the early war years of our country.

Below are educational links about the Potawatomi Indians.

Valley City Covered Pass

Valley City Covered Pass
Valley City Covered Pass

The Valley City Frog Jumping Contest - An Annual Favorite of The Valley City Street Fair

From frog jumps to Elvis sitings, below are a few of the high lights of Valley City.

The Links Of Valley City - Liverpool Township - The First Settlement of Medina County

Below are a few links to some of my favorite places to provide a little more information about the town and its people.

The Old Myrtle Hill Cemetary

I grew up a few miles from the old Myrtle Hill Cemetery. Many of my classmates were decedents of the current residents of The Myrtle Hill Cemetery. The old cemetery has its legends . . . hauntings . . . ghosts . . . and other stories of lore.

But the reality of the cemetery is in its history. Many of the markers date back prior to the Civil War, and many helped found the town and created jobs for the people who lived here.

Myrtle Hill Cemetery Witches Ball - One of my old haunts . . .

In the late 1970s, my little brother and his friends thought it would be fun to go to The Myrtle Hill Cemetery at night to check out the ghost stories they heard and prove them to be fake. He talked me into going with them. There were five of us altogether, three with flashlights. We parked the car near the cemetery entrance and walked a little way up the hill. My brother's friends got a little brave and ran off into the graveyard. Then they started bantering, "We ain't afraid of no ghosts!," and kicked at a couple of headstones -- not to do damage, but to show their bravado.

At that point, I got a bad feeling about being there, and turned to my brother and told him I wanted no part of this. We went back to the car which was only a few feet away.

We were not in the car two minutes when the other three friends came running to the car mouths agape, wide eyed, and scared. The driver got behind the wheel and literally floored it backwards onto the road, rather than take the driveway out the exit. They claimed they were being chased.

Below are a few others who've been to Myrtle Hill.

The Old Red Barn

The Old Red Barn
The Old Red Barn

Take Me Home

Take Me Home
Take Me Home

Driving directions

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"The feint taste of salt from the water in my father's well stays on my tongue, and runs forever through my veins from a place in my heart that will always be my home." -- aa

If you've ever been to Valley City, Liverpool, Abbyville, Hardscrabble, Sleepy Hollow, or Erhart, you are welcome to drop me a line. If you have a favorite haunt or bit of history about Valley City you would like to share, you are welcome to share it here, too. If you have a business in Valley City, or you are a farmer who would like to sell his products direct, your web link is welcome here.

This site was designed to promote the small farmer, small business and local industry. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to visit Valley City, Ohio

© 2008 Tonie Cook

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love small town America. Thanks for the tour.

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      orange3 lm 5 years ago

      Looks like a great place to live or visit :)

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Hey! You know what? That Valley City Covered Pass would make a sweet looking drive-through coffee shop!

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens you have here! I live in Dayton, Ohio. So I'm kinda partial to Ohio lenses. :) Blessed by Angel.

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      I'm a country boy at heart but you wouldn't catch me in no cemetery, nosireeeeeee. Blessed by an Angel.

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      Rich 8 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Living in Akron, I have certainly heard the stories about Myrtle Hill Cemetery. Not visited Valley City, but it sounds like I should take a visit.

      Squid Angel blessed.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      We used to live in Brunswick which I think is in Medina County. So, I think I've been to Valley City many years ago.

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      AppalachianCoun 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens. We have never been there but want to go. We have family in Ohio so we are planning a road trip. Thank-you for the beautiful pics, especially of the covered pass. 5 stars*****

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      clouda9 lm 9 years ago

      This lens took me back to small town America...wtg! Loved the covered bridge and from what I understand there are not many of the old ones left.

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      Debbie 9 years ago from England

      Great lens! I wanna go to the frog jump!!! 5*

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      Tony Payne 9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Sounds live a nice place to live, small town Midwest USA. Very nice lens, 5*****