Granville in Licking County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Founding of Granville, The Licking Company / The Granville Site, "The most eligible part"
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 land…." The town site chosen was sheltered by the hills with copious springs, but open to the south on the second
Erected 2008 by The Granville Historical Society and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 23-45.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1805.
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. Marker is at front of Bolen Memorial Park, also known as Opera House Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Granville OH 43023, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bolen Memorial Park (here, next to this marker); Granville Opera House (here, next to this marker); St. Luke's Episcopal Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Bank of the Alexandrian Society (within shouting distance of this marker); Granville's Welsh Hills (within shouting distance of this marker); Granville's Earliest ResidentsGranville's Broadway (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Presbyterian Church of Granville (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Granville.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2022. It was originally submitted on October 17, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,019 times since then and 54 times this year. Last updated on January 25, 2022, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 17, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.