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Valley City, Ohio
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.
- Potawatomi Indian Fact Sheet
Information about the Pottawatomie or Potawatomi Indians for students and teachers. Covers Potowatomi Indian food, shelter, clothing, crafts, and daily life in the Potawatomi tribe.
- CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Potawatomi Indians
The history of the Potawatomi Indians
- Potawatomi Indians - Ohio History Central - A product of the Ohio Historical Society
The Potawatomi Indians lived mainly in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Ontario, Canada at the time of European contact in the early 1600s.
Valley City Covered Pass
More About Valley City History
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.
- Liverpool Township History
According to research and Township residents, Liverpool Township was the first permanent settlement in Medina County.Â In 1795 this township became the property of Daniel Coit of Connecticut, who advertised the land for sale. He was part of the Conn
- Valley City Homes for Sale. Real Estate in Valley City, Ohio
Usually you can tell a lot about a town by the real estate for sale in it. This link will take you to the current listings in my hometown.
- Panoramio - Photo of Valley City VFW
Here are some photos of my home town as seen on Panoramio. The VFW (Used to have the best Fish Fry on Fridays), The Valley City Rail Road, The Statue of Jesus, Myrtle Hill Cemetary, and more. The photos are connected to Google Earth, and will give yo
- Valley Tack Shop Inc., Valley City, Ohio 44280, 330-483-3366
ENGLISH AND WESTERN WEAR AND EQUIPMENT. If you have horses, or are into dressage and eventing, this is a great place to visit.
- Bauer Funeral Home - History
Good people, real people, and helpful people. In time of need, one doesn't need greed.
- Frog jump festival
The Medina County Gazette is our local newspaper. This link will take you to a bit of information about our annual Valley City Street Fair where the famous "Frog Jumping Contest" occurs.
- Myrtle Hill Cemetery
Beth's trip to Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Valley City, Ohio
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
Take Me Home
"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