Lake County may have officially evolved in 1840 as an outgrowth from the counties of Trumball and Geauga but Concord, Ohio has its earliest beginnings some 43 years earlier. Surveyors tasked by the Connecticut Land Company to explore and record the lands of the Western Reserve soon passed thru the forested footprint of the current township. This 'Perkins camp' is a little known early footnote in county history. Concord was founded in 1822 and its name was chosen for a famous battle in Revolutionary War history. That is your free history pass as you are now offered this Local Lore challenge --- let's see how much township history you can recall.
1. In 1890, 5.1 miles of Concord freight track on Ravenna Road were purchased by this railroad line. The small depot structure still remains and is a private residence. The former tracks are now part of the Greenway Corridor. Name the railroad line.
2. Name the first permanent settler in Concord. He arrived in 1802. His family came in 1803.
3. In 1838, this famous Painesville businessman and abolitionist relocated to Liberty Hollow at Fay Road. Can you name him?
4. In 1840, this structure was built on Ravenna Road and opened in 1841. It was in continual use thru 1923 and has had multiple uses to this day. Do you know this site? It is currently maintained by Concord Township and open for viewing.
5. At peak enrollment, how many one-room schoolhouses were in the Concord School District?
6. In 1797 this road was constructed at a cost of $2600. Do you know its name?
7. In 1818 this structure was a stage coach stop located at the corner of Rt. 84 and the Rt. 44 interchange. It is also part of the famous Johnnycake Road lore. Name the business.
8. A famous Little Mountain hotel was constructed in 1880. Do you recall the name of this township site? It was one of the seven or eight dotting this era of county history.
9. This aviatrix and her late husband began a well-known township airport and flying school between 1952-54. Can you name the facility? hint- Connie, our trustee would be proud.
10. The first Lake Metropark was dedicated in 1959. Do you know the name of this Concord Township property.
11. J.P. Murphy, J.J. Anderson, E.D. Rust, A.L. Minor and M.A. Murray are famous in 20th c. township history. What career profession did they and many other local notables share?
Bonus: This notable Concord lady attended, taught, and resided in this Ravenna Road Schoolhouse during her lifetime. Can you name her?
Answers: 1. B&O 2. Jordan 3. Eber Howe 4. Old Stone Schoolhouse 5. nine 6. Girdled
7. Williams Tavern 8. Pinecrest Hotel 9. Concord Airpark 10. Helen Hazen Wyman Park
11. Farmers/agriculture Bonus- E. Pomeroy & family
source - www.concordtwp.com