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Founding of Granville, The Licking Company / The Granville Site “The most eligible part”

 
 
Founding of Granville, The Licking Company Marker (side A) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 11, 2008
1. Founding of Granville, The Licking Company Marker (side A)
Inscription.
Founding of Granville
The Licking Company
In 1804 a group of neighbors in Granville, Massachusetts and Granby, Connecticut formed The Licking Company for the purpose of moving to "Newlands" in Ohio. Inspired and informed by the settlement of Worthington in 1803, the Company purchased 29,040 acres in the U.S. Military District. Advance parties surveyed and mapped a site, established a mill, and planted grain. The Company planned a public square, a school, library, quarry, burying ground, and property for the support of churches. In November and December 1805, some 150 emigrants in ox-drawn wagons arrived in their new home and built temporary shelters on the designated public square. On December 9 through 12 1805, Company members selected their Granville lots in an auction that was described as peaceable and honest.

The Granville Site
"The most eligible part"
The Partition Deed of the Licking Company reads "There shall be laid out A Town Plat in the most eligible part of said tract of landů." The town site chosen was sheltered by the hills with copious springs, but open to the south on the second terrace above a branch of the Licking River. Today's village streets reflect the original plan with its "Broad Way" and connecting roads to Lancaster, Owl Creek (Mt. Vernon), and
The Granville Site "The most eligible part" Marker (side B) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 11, 2008
2. The Granville Site "The most eligible part" Marker (side B)
Worthington.
 
Erected 2008 by The Granville Historical Society and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 23-45.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 40° 4.071′ N, 82° 31.198′ W. Marker is in Granville, Ohio, in Licking County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway (Ohio Route 661) and Main Street when traveling east on Broadway. Click for map. Marker is at front of Bolen Memorial Park, also known as Opera House Park. Marker is in this post office area: Granville OH 43023, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Granville Opera House (here, next to this marker); Bolen Memorial Park (here, next to this marker); Bank of the Alexandrian Society (a few steps from this marker); The Granville Academy / The Anti-Slavery Movement (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Robbins Hunter Museum Avery-Downer House (about 500 feet away); Old Colony Burying Ground, 1805 (about 700 feet away); The Elias Gilman House / The Wee White House (about 800 feet away); An Early Center of Education / Educating Young Women (approx. ╝ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Granville.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Founding of Granville, The Licking Company / The Granville Site "The most eligible part" Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 12, 2008
3. Founding of Granville, The Licking Company / The Granville Site "The most eligible part" Marker
Bell and Opera House marker can be seen to left of marker. Saint Luke's Episcopal Church is in background.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 741 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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