National Register Listings in
Stark County, Ohio

Alliance Bank Building Bair, Jacob H., House Barber-Whitticar House Bender's Restaurant-Belmont Buffet Bordner House Brewster Railroad YMCA/Wandle House Canal Fulton Historic District Canton Public Library City National Bank Building City Savings Bank & Trust Company Clearview Golf Club Cook, George E., House Dewalt Building Dobkins, John and Syd, House Eagles Building-Strand Theater Eagles' Temple Earley-Hartzell House East Main Street Historic District Elson-Magnolia Flour Mill Fife, Harry E., House Firestone, Charles E., House First Ladies National Historic Site First Methodist Episcopal Church First Methodist Episcopal Church First Methodist Episcopal Church of Alliance, Ohio First National Bank Building First Reformed and First Lutheran Churches Five Oaks Fourth Street Historic District Frances Apartment Building French, Garnet B., House Glamorgan Haines House Hartville Hotel Harvard Company-Weber Dental Manufacturing Company Hercules Motors Corporation Industrial Complex Hoover Company Historic District Hoover Farm Hotel Courtland Ideal Department Store Building Lake Township School Landmark Tavern Lavin, Carl and Audrey, House Lehman, John H., High School Loew-Define Grocery Store and Home Louisville Historic District Martin, Brooke and Anna E. House Massillon Cemetery Building Massillon Downtown Historic District McKinley Park Apartments McKinley, William, Tomb Mellett-Canton Daily News Building Miller, John, House Mount Union College District New Baltimore Inn Old McKinley High School Onesto Hotel Palace Theater Purcell, Robert A. and Elizabeth H., House Putman, Walter S., House Renkert, Harry S., House Ridgewood Historic District Rochester Square Historic District Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic Church Saxton House Schuffenecker, August Building Science Hill School Serquet, Emanuel and Frederick, Farm Seven Ranges Terminus Spring Hill St. Edward Hotel St. John's Catholic Church St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church Complex St. Louis Church St. Mary's Catholic Church St. Paul's Reformed Church St. Peter Church St. Timothy's Protestant Episcopal Church Stahl-Hoagland House Stark County Courthouse and Annex Stewart, Harry Bartlett, Property Timken Vocational High School Timken, Henry H., Estate Barn Town Pump of East Sparta, The Trinity Lutheran Church Upper Downtown Canton Historic District Vicary House Werner Inn Wilmot United Brethren Church
The Great Serpent Mound, located in Adams County, Ohio, is a prehistoric effigy mound in the shape of a serpent that is more than 1,300 feet long. It is one of the largest effigy mounds in the world and is estimated to have been built by the Adena culture more than 1,000 years ago.
Stark County, Ohio has a rich history dating back to the early 19th century. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Delaware and Wyandot tribes. European settlers began arriving in the late 18th century, with the establishment of settlements such as Canton, Massillon, and Alliance.

During the early 1800s, Stark County experienced rapid growth and development. The completion of the Ohio and Erie Canal in 1827 provided an economic boost, as it connected the region to other parts of Ohio and allowed for easier transportation of goods. This led to the expansion of industries such as manufacturing, agriculture, and coal mining.

Stark County played a significant role in the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad. Many residents were active in helping enslaved individuals escape to freedom, and local landmarks like the Wesleyan Methodist Church in East Canton served as safe havens for fugitive slaves.

In the 20th century, Stark County became known for its thriving steel and manufacturing industries. Companies like Timken Steel, Republic Steel, and Hoover Company contributed to the county's economic growth and development. However, like many other industrial towns, Stark County experienced a decline in these industries in the latter part of the century, leading to changes in the local economy.

Today, Stark County is a diverse and vibrant community with a mix of urban and rural areas. It is home to various cultural and historical attractions, including the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum, and the Canton Museum of Art. The county continues to evolve and adapt, embracing new industries and opportunities while cherishing its deep historical roots.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Stark County, Ohio.

  • 1809 - Stark County is founded.
  • 1825 - Canton, the county seat, is incorporated.
  • 1833 - The Ohio and Erie Canal reaches Canton, bringing economic growth to the area.
  • 1861-1865 - Stark County sends many soldiers to fight in the American Civil War.
  • 1892 - The Pro Football Hall of Fame is established in Canton.
  • 1920 - The first professional football league, the American Professional Football Association (later renamed the National Football League), is founded in Canton.
  • 1940s-1950s - Stark County experiences industrial growth as manufacturing and steel production expand.
  • 1960s-1970s - Economic decline occurs as the manufacturing industry declines.
  • 1990 - The Timken Company, a major employer in the area, celebrates 100 years of operation in Stark County.
  • 2000s - Efforts to revitalize downtown Canton begin, including the construction of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Village.