Freedom Township, Portage County, Ohio facts for kids
Historic Freedom Congregational Church at Freedom Center
Location of Freedom Township in Portage County
|• Total||23.9 sq mi (62.0 km2)|
|• Land||23.9 sq mi (62.0 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,178 ft (359 m)|
|• Density||115.0/sq mi (44.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1086828|
Located in the northeastern part of the county, it borders the following townships:
- Hiram Township - north
- Windham Township - east
- Paris Township - southeast corner
- Charlestown Township - south
- Ravenna Township - southwest corner
- Shalersville Township - west
- Mantua Township - northwest corner
A small part of the village of Garrettsville was formed from far northeastern Freedom Township.
Formed from Town 4, Range 7 of the Connecticut Western Reserve, Freedom Township covers an area of 24 sq mi (62 km2). The Ravenna Training and Logistics Site covers the southeast corner of the township.
Name and history
Freedom Township was settled in 1818 and organized in 1825, one of the last townships in Portage County to be organized. The first settler was Charles Paine, son of General Edward Paine, whom Painesville, Ohio, is named after. It was said to have been named by Charles Paine's wife after the idea of freedom. Previously it had been referred to as "North Rootstown" since the original proprietor was Ephraim Root. A post office called Freedom was established in 1826 at the town center, and remained in operation until 1903, while another post office for Freedom Station was established in 1864 and remained in operation until 1957. Freedom Station was a station and shipping point on the New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio Railroad. The unincorporated community of Drakesburg is located in the eastern part of the township along Ohio State Route 303. It is named for settler Orasumus Drake, who arrived in 1829.
Statewide, other Freedom Townships are located in Henry and Wood counties.
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