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Reynoldsburg in Franklin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Reynoldsburg

The Historic National Road in Ohio

 

óThe Birthplace of the Tomato ó

 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 5, 2016
1. Reynoldsburg Marker
Inscription. The eastern portion of Franklin County began to be settled about 1812 when Ohio was still a vast forested wilderness. Transportation moved at a snailís pace over old Indian trails and natural waterways. 1n 1818 the National Road reached the Ohio River at Wheeling, (West Virginia) Virginia. On July 4, 1825, ground was broken in St. Clairsville, Ohio, to extend the National Road through Ohio. By 1830 the National Road construction crews were moving west. James Reynolds established a store to supply the road workers. He boarded with the family of John D. French, who owned land in the path of the National Road, and persuaded French to lay out a village on his farmland in 1831. Reynolds was later elected Post Master, state Representative and Militia General. The village was named after him, and incorporated March 16, 1839. Building the National Road was the major event that resulted in the founding of Reynoldsburg. The National Road reached Reynoldsburg in 1831, Columbus in 1833, and the Ohio-Indiana border in 1840.

Reynoldsburg and the Underground Railroad
The fugitive slave law of 1793 required the return of escaped slaves. A loose-knit, secret, “Underground Railroad” was created to help runaway slaves from slave-holding states escape into “free” states or Canada. These anti-slavery underground

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By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 5, 2016
2. Reynoldsburg Marker
Close up, National Road text and picture
railroaders risked heavy fines, jail sentences, even death to help the slaves escape to freedom. “Stations” were clustered in a community, with several safe hiding places always ready. Fugitives were transported to the next station, usually a nightís journey away. The most active period of the Underground Railroad was the mid-1800ís. Alexander W. Livingston, (founder of the edible tomato) was the “mastermind” of the Underground Railroad in Reynoldsburg. Livingston owned the “Arc,” a long, covered wagon with seats along the sides in which Benjamin Patterson, who was an employee of Livingstonís, drove and transported fugitive slaves northward to underground stations from Granville to Mt. Vernon.

The Road That Helped Build the Nation An All American Road - National Scenic Byway
 
Erected 2013 by The National Road Association, Inc.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
 
Location. 39° 57.31′ N, 82° 48.096′ W. Marker is in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street Old National Road (U.S. 40) and Lancaster Avenue (Ohio Route 256), on the right when traveling east on East Main Street Old National Road

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By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 5, 2016
3. Reynoldsburg Marker
Close up of Tomato; In 1870 Alexander W. Livingston introduced the paragon tomato, the worldís first stable variety of tomatoes. Thus, Reynoldsburg became the “Birthplace of the Tomato.” Pictured at the right is the Seed Catalog Cover from 1908.
. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7357 U.S. 40, Reynoldsburg OH 43068, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mile Markers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9473 Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9473 War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Livingston House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Reynoldsburg - Birthplace of the Tomato (approx. 0.6 miles away); Union Veteran Legion Sherman Monument (approx. 3.1 miles away); Forest Lawn Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.2 miles away); The Underground Railroad (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reynoldsburg.
 
Additional keywords. National oad
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRHorticulture & ForestryRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers
 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 5, 2016
4. Reynoldsburg Marker
Close up, wagon and coach
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 5, 2016
5. The Historic National Road in Ohio Marker
marker, as seen from a distance
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 30, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 147 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 30, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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