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Mantua in Portage County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Mantua Center Historic District

 
 
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By Mike Wintermantel, August 18, 2018
1. Mantua Center Historic District Marker
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Inscription.  Side A
The most notable feature of Mantua Center is the "Village Green," which harkens back to the New England heritage of Mantua Center's early settlers. The Green sets upon land donated by Hezekiah Nooney Sr. and was important to both the social and commercial interests of the town. The businesses located here were a furniture and cabinet maker's shop, harness shop, blacksmith shop, post office, tannery, ashery, dry goods store, and distillery. The Methodist Episcopal Church, now the Mantua Civic Center, stands at the southwest corner of the green. Eastlawn cemetery, with a burial that dates to 1816, sits along the south border. The cemetery serves as the final resting place for soldiers of several wars, including the American Revolution, as well as many other early citizens. In 1835 Horace Sizer constructed the stone wall around the cemetery adjacent to Mantua Center Road. [continued on other side]

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[continued from other side] The 1840 Town Hall features an octagonal dome and sits on the northeast corner of the green. It was later adapted for school use, replacing an "1861 one-room schoolhouse" that
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By Mike Wintermantel, August 18, 2018
2. Mantua Center Historic District Marker
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stands on Mantua Center Road as a private residence. Later adapted for use as a Grange Hall, it now serves as the Township Hall and home to the Mantua Historical Society. By 1907 a growing school population led to construction of 2 "12-holer" outhouses. The boy's outhouse has been preserved and is behind the building. Along the southeast corner of the green lies Mantua Center Christian Church, with its prominent steeple and distinctive New England-style design. Built in 1840, it is the oldest Disciples of Christ Church in Ohio. James A. Garfield, future president of the United States, frequently preached here between 1855 and 1860, while serving as president of nearby Hiram College (formerly Hiram Eclectic Institute).
 
Erected 2008 by Mantua Historical Society, Mantua Center Christian Church, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 10-67.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1816.
 
Location. 41° 18.582′ N, 81° 14.645′ W. Marker is in Mantua, Ohio, in Portage County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Twinburg Warren Road (Ohio Route 82) and Mantua Center Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mantua OH 44255, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
Mantua Center Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, August 18, 2018
3. Mantua Center Historic District Marker
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markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oliver and Rosetta Snow (approx. 1.1 miles away); Village Government Center Building History (approx. 2.1 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 2.1 miles away); Silver Creek Cheese Factory (approx. 4.4 miles away); In Memory of Those (approx. 5.2 miles away); Hiram College (approx. 5.2 miles away); Ebenezer Sheldon (approx. 5.2 miles away); James A. Garfield (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mantua.
 
Mantua Center Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, August 18, 2018
4. Mantua Center Historic District Marker
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 19, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 19, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 117 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 19, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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