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126-18 Olmsted’s Origins / Olmsted Township

Side A: The community of Olmsted commemorated its bicentennial in 2014. In 1795, the Connecticut Land Company auctioned a tract of land called Township 6, Range 15. Almost half the northern side was purchased by Aaron Olmsted, though he would die before seeing the land. In 1814, James Geer cleared a plot in the southeastern corner of the township to grow corn. He built a log house and moved his family there. Originally called Kingston, the township was renamed Lenox in 1823. In 1829, the settlement became Olmsted; in return, Aaron Olmsted’s son Charles donated 500 books for the creation of a community library.
Side B: Agriculture dominated early township life. In the early 20th century, the township became part of what was described as “the largest greenhouse area in the country,” growing mainly tomatoes and then flowers. Later, residential development took over much farmland. Certain road names commemorate early township residents, including Bronson, Cook, Fitch, Jennings, John, Lewis, Schady, Sprague, Stearns, and Usher. By the 21st century, Olmsted remained one of only two townships in Cuyahoga County, although parts have been incorporated into Olmsted Falls, North Olmsted, Berea, and Brook Park. The community still has many houses dating to the 19th century, some as far back as 1820.
Sponsors: Olmsted Community Bicentennial Commission, The Ohio History Connection
Address: 26900 Cook Road, 
Olmsted Township, 
Location: At the Fitch Road entrance to the Olmsted Township Hall parking area
Latitude: 41.3830140
Longitude: -81.9220240