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Coventry in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Coventry Township / Portage Lakes

Coventry Township side of marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 23, 2019
1. Coventry Township side of marker
Inscription.  The land on which Coventry Township is situated was ceded in 1785 to the United States by the Delaware, Chippewa, Ottawa, and Wyandot tribes under the Treaty of Fort McIntosh. The area was a choice location for Native Americans, settlers, and fur traders due to the abundant bodies of water and proximity to the Portage Path, a land connection between the Tuscarawas and Cuyahoga rivers and Lake Erie. In 1788, Coventry Township was initially part of Washington County, the first county formed in the Ohio Territory. After Moses Warren finished a survey in 1797, a succession of county splits located Coventry Township in Jefferson County, Trumbull County, Portage County, and, finally, Summit County in 1840. The township originally encompassed Summit Lake and the lands south to the southern line of the Western Reserve (Green-New Franklin lines) Daniel Haines was the first resident to settle in Coventry Township in 1806.

The Portage Lakes area of Summit County was influential in the creation of trade and early prosperity in the region. Native Americans, settlers, and fur-traders traversed the trade routes in the eighteenth century using lakes, rivers, and both sides of the Portage Path. In 1827, reservoirs were created
Portage Lakes side of marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 23, 2019
2. Portage Lakes side of marker
in Green and Franklin townships, and along with the lakes in Coventry Township, were used to supply additional water to the newly completed Ohio and Erie Canal. The Ohio and Erie Canal brought industry, commerce, and a new economic base to the Akron and Portage Lakes area. After closing the Ohio and Erie Canal to transportation in 1913, the lakes supplied water for businesses and residents of the Portage Lake area. The Portage Lakes shifted from a vacation area with summer cottages, canoes, and resorts to year-round homes and recreational activities such as boating, fishing, swimming and golfing.
Erected 2006 by Coventry Township, Bicentennial Committee, Portage lakes Historical Society and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 35-77.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 40° 59.685′ N, 81° 31.841′ W. Marker is in Coventry, Ohio, in Summit County. Marker is at the intersection of Portage Lakes Drive (County Route 75) and South Turkeyfoot Road (County Route 123), on the right when traveling east on Portage Lakes Drive. It is at the clock tower at the west end of the East Reservoir. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Akron OH 44319, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Colt Barn (approx. 2.6 miles away); Main Gatehouse of Ohio C. Barber’s Anna Dean Farm
Coventry Township / Portage Lakes Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 23, 2019
3. Coventry Township / Portage Lakes Marker
Marker is to the right of the clock tower, under the tree.
(approx. 3.3 miles away); Anna Dean Farm (approx. 3.4 miles away); Ohio Columbus Barber (approx. 4.4 miles away); Glenn "Jeep" Davis (approx. 4.4 miles away); Staff Sergeant Howard E. Woodford (approx. 4˝ miles away); Barberton Military Honor Roll (approx. 4˝ miles away); The Freedom Tree (approx. 4˝ miles away).
Also see . . .  Wikipedia entry for Portage Lakes. Excerpt:
The Portage Lakes are a group of glacial kettle lakes and reservoirs in Northeast Ohio. The name comes from an old Indian portage path that connected the Cuyahoga River flowing north to Lake Erie and the Tuscarawas River, a tributary of the Muskingum River, which flows south to the Ohio River. This proved advantageous for the Indians and early settlers as navigation from Lake Erie to the Ohio was possible with only an eight-mile portage. Portage Lakes State Park lies at one of the highest points of the state and on a major watershed divide in Ohio. Some water from the lakes reaches Lake Erie and some flows to the Ohio River.
(Submitted on November 19, 2019.) 
Categories. Natural FeaturesSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 18, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 18, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   3. submitted on November 19, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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