Germantown in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Village of Germantown
On October 4th, 1814, a clerk dipped his pen into an inkstand, and made a boldly scripted entry in the Records of Montgomery County.
His entry showed that one Philip Gunckel had filed a plat plan for the Village of Germantown.
It was a unique design, laid off in eight blocks which were twenty perches (330 feet) square, running from Mulberry Street to Walnut Street, and from Market Street to Back (Warren) Street.
Each block was divided by a diagonal alley system, the hub of which was a central open space some 66 feet square.
While the clerk failed to set down Philip Gunckel's rationale for the plan, it seems clear that the village's precise and methodical German settlers wanted their building fronts close to uncluttered streets, with buggies parked and horses stables in the rear. The central square not only served as a turn-around space, but also as a beckoning place where children gathered to play.
Erected 2004 by The Historical Society of Germantown.
Location. 39° 37.487′ N, 84° 22.251′ W. Marker is in Germantown, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Market Street (Ohio Route 725), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is adjacent to the Bicentennial
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Germantown Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Shuey Mill (approx. ¼ mile away); Germantown Covered Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Germantown Dam (approx. 1.9 miles away); Heritage Village (approx. 4.4 miles away); Mound Laboratory (1946- 2010) (approx. 4.8 miles away); Site of Mound Laboratory (1946- 2003) (approx. 4.8 miles away); Miamisburg Mound (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Germantown.
Also see . . . Tour of Historic Germantown. (Submitted on April 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 598 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.