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Avon in Lorain County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Norton S. Townshend, M.D.

 
 
Norton S. Townshend, M.D. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, February 16, 2008
1. Norton S. Townshend, M.D. Marker
Inscription. (1815-1895) A progressive farmer, physician, and legislator, Norton S. Townshend lived in Avon from 1830 until his death. His introduction of field drainage tile significantly increased the productivity of Avon farmland. A well-educated country doctor, he served this district as a U.S. congressman (1851-1853) and later as an Ohio state senator. As a legislator Townshend, a member of the antislavery "Free Soil" Party, espoused civil rights for women and free blacks. Later he was instrumental in the founding of the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College in Columbus, serving on the first board and as its first professor of agriculture. In 1878, this land-grant college became Ohio State University, where Townshend Hall stands in honor of his founding role. He is interred in Avon's mound cemetery.
 
Erected 2001 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, The Avon Historical Society, The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 6-47.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 27.086′ N, 82° 2.116′ W. Marker is in Avon, Ohio, in Lorain County. Marker is at the intersection of Detroit
Heritage Park and Marker, (at Detroit Rd at Stoney Ridge Rd) image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, February 16, 2008
2. Heritage Park and Marker, (at Detroit Rd at Stoney Ridge Rd)
Road (Ohio Route 254) and Stoney Ridge/Colorado (Ohio Route 611) on Detroit Road. Touch for map. The marker is located west of the Gazebo in Heritage Park on the southwest corner of the intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Avon OH 44011, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Timeline of Dr. Norton S. Townshend (here, next to this marker); Burrell Homestead (approx. 3.6 miles away); 103rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry (approx. 3.8 miles away); Jay Terrell and his "Terrible Fish" (approx. 4.1 miles away); The Weston House / Sandstone Houses (approx. 5.4 miles away); North Olmsted (approx. 5 miles away); Jack Miner (approx. 5.9 miles away); North Olmsted Veterans Plaza (approx. 6 miles away).
 
Categories. Civil RightsNotable PersonsPoliticsScience & Medicine
 
Mound Cemetery (Burial place of Dr. Towshend) image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, February 16, 2008
3. Mound Cemetery (Burial place of Dr. Towshend)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 19, 2008, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,032 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 19, 2008, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana.   2, 3. submitted on February 20, 2008, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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