The Village of New Washington / The New Washington Band
The Village of New Washington
Nicknamed "Dutchtown" for the many German families that settled in this area, New Washington was platted in 1833 by George Washington Meyers, who arrived in Cranberry Township in 1826. Prominent Austrian romantic poet Nicholas Lenau (1802-1850), author of "Faust" and "Don Juan," owned property here in the 1830s. The village incorporated in 1874, shortly following the arrival of the Mansfield, Coldwater & Lake Erie Railroad. New Washington is a pioneer in the commercial poultry hatchery industry and initiated the shipment of baby chicks by rail in 1900.
The New Washington Band
The village's most enduring tradition, the New Washington Band has entertained the community regularly since 1865, with only brief interruptions for World War I and periodic reorganizations. During the 1870s it played for political rallies as a Democratic Party band; between 1898 and World War I it held a regular concert schedule as a cornet band. In the 100-year period between 1898 and 1998, the New Washington Band had only three directors: E.F. Ulmer (1898-1932), Luther Cook (1940), and Kenneth Cummins (1934-1939,
Erected 2000 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, The New Washington Historical Society, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 7/8- 17.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Arts, Letters, Music • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
Location. 40° 57.733′ N, 82° 51.236′ W. Marker is in New Washington, Ohio, in Crawford County. Marker is at the intersection of West Mansfield Street (Ohio Route 103) and Kibler Street (Ohio Route 602), on the left when traveling west on West Mansfield Street. Marker is next to the band gazebo, in small city park on downtown corner. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 W Mansfield Street, New Washington OH 44854, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. New Washington (approx. half a mile away); Village of Chatfield (approx. 4.7 miles away); Remembering Our Veterans of Early Wars (approx. 5.3 miles away); The Western Reserve (approx. 6.8 miles away); A Nurse’s Sacrifice in the Great WarKnisley Springs Farm (approx. 8.8 miles away); Omar Veterans Memorial (approx. 10.8 miles away); The Underground Railroad (approx. 10.8 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 29, 2018. It was originally submitted on May 20, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 370 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 20, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.