Ohio is known as the "Mother of Presidents" because of its role in producing so many US presidents. In addition to the seven presidents who were born in Ohio, another president, William Henry Harrison, lived in Ohio for much of his life and is sometimes counted as an honorary Ohioan.

Wayne County, Ohio, has a rich history dating back to its establishment in 1808. The area was originally part of the Connecticut Western Reserve, a portion of land granted to Connecticut in the late 18th century. The first European settlers arrived in Wayne County in the early 19th century, attracted by fertile farmland and opportunities for trade.

In its early years, Wayne County grew rapidly as more settlers arrived and established communities. The county's location along major transportation routes, such as the Ohio and Erie Canal and several railroad lines, further contributed to its growth. With the advent of the canal in the 1820s, Wayne County became an important hub for commerce, connecting the Great Lakes region to the Ohio River.

During the 19th century, Wayne County experienced significant changes and developments. The county saw the rise of industry, including mills, distilleries, and manufacturing plants, contributing to its economic prosperity. Agriculture also played a crucial role, with farmers cultivating vast expanses of land to produce crops such as wheat, corn, and soybeans.

Wayne County has a strong tradition of education and culture. Several colleges and universities were established in the area, including the College of Wooster, providing educational opportunities for local residents. The county also has rich cultural heritage, with numerous historic landmarks, museums, and festivals that celebrate its history and diversity.

Today, Wayne County continues to thrive as a vibrant community with a balance between agriculture, industry, and a strong focus on education and culture. With its rich history and a commitment to progress, Wayne County remains an important part of Ohio's story.

  • 1808 - Wayne County is established and named after General "Mad" Anthony Wayne.
  • 1812 - The first courthouse is built in Wooster as the county seat.
  • 1853 - The Ohio & Pennsylvania Railroad reaches Wayne County, boosting economic growth.
  • 1861-1865 - Wayne County residents actively participate in the American Civil War.
  • 1885 - The Ohio Light and Power Company is founded in Wooster.
  • 1900 - Oil and gas production becomes a significant industry in Wayne County.
  • 1960s - Wayne County experiences suburbanization and urban renewal.
  • 1974 - Wayne County Historical Society is established to preserve local history.
  • 1998 - Wayne County receives the All-America City Award from the National Civic League.