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Northfield in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Forgotten Village of Brandywine
 
Forgotten Village of Brandywine Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Don Morfe, June 28, 2010
1. Forgotten Village of Brandywine Marker
 
Inscription. A bustling village once surrounded these falls. Taking advantage of the waterpower, George Wallace built a sawmill here in 1814. Over the next decade, the Village of Brandywine added a whiskey distillery, gristmill, woolen mill, and a dozen houses. In 1825, Wallace transferred his property to his sons, who then formed the Wallace Brothers Company.

Eventually, Brandywine’s prosperity dried up. The Ohio & Erie Canal, and later the railroads, shipped goods to the cities of Akron and Cleveland, leaving towns like Brandywine behind. Except for the barn and house built by James Wallace in 1848—now restored as the Inn at Brandywine Falls—only a few hidden foundations remain of the Village of Brandywine.

Brandywine Falls’ rock base (right) consists of alternating layers of erosion-resistant sandstone and easily eroded shales. In the Village of Brandywine (below) is the mid-1800s, a steel bridge carried Brandywine Road over Brandywine Creek, just before the falls next to the gristmill (to the left in photo). In the distance stands the Wallace Farm, now the Inn at Brandywine Falls.
 
Location. 41° 16.656′ N, 81° 32.286′ W. Marker is in Northfield, Ohio, in Summit County. Marker is on Brandywine Road. Click for map. The marker is on the grounds of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8230 Brandywine Road, Northfield OH 44067, United States of America.
 
Forgotten Village of Brandywine Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Don Morfe, June 28, 2010
2. Forgotten Village of Brandywine Marker
 

 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cuyahoga Valley National Park (here, next to this marker); Boston (approx. 1.4 miles away); Boston Store (approx. 1.5 miles away); A New Champion for an Old Canal (approx. 1.5 miles away); Linking the Wilderness to the World (approx. 1.5 miles away); Boston Mills Road Bridge (approx. 1.5 miles away); Industry Shapes the Valley (approx. 1.6 miles away); Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (approx. 1.6 miles away).

 
Forgotten Village of Brandywine Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Don Morfe, June 28, 2010
3. Forgotten Village of Brandywine Marker
 
 
Forgotten Village of Brandywine Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Don Morfe, June 28, 2010
4. Forgotten Village of Brandywine Marker
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on December 8, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 134 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 8, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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