The first European settlers moved into Geauga County from the east in 1798. These pioneers from New England brought many traditions with them. In addition to the names for some of the townships, white-steepled churches and a strong belief in education, they also put into play the concept of the New England-style town square. This “central green” was where the community’s most prominent businesses were built. The historic Courthouse on the square in Chardon is a striking example.
In the 1880s Amish families migrated to the area from Holmes and Wayne counties, creating in Geauga County the second largest Amish population in the state. The authentic lifestyle of the Amish will be apparent as you travel through the countryside.
History is preserved and celebrated in many ways. Century Village Museum in Burton is a tribute to the life of the early settlers.
The village displays a full community of historic buildings you can explore. Visit the church, library, blacksmith shop, schoolhouse, a working general store, and other carefully restored shops and homes. Century Village celebrates our culture history with festivals and events throughout the year.
History lives in other county landmarks, such as Middlefield Historic Society’s railroad museum. Artifacts are on display in The Depot, which now serves up delectable ice cream treats.
Today there are eighteen properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and fourteen locations with Ohio Historical Markers. You can take home remnants of Geauga County history by visiting the many antique shops and markets around the county. For a complete list of opportunities to explore or to take home a bit of our history, refer to our Membership directory.