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Freedom Township
Civil township
Historic Freedom Congregational Church at Freedom Center
Historic Freedom Congregational Church at Freedom Center
Location of Freedom Township in Portage County
Location of Freedom Township in Portage County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Portage
Area
 • 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)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,751
 • Density 115.0/sq mi (44.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 44288
Area code(s) 330
FIPS code 39-28742
GNIS feature ID 1086828

Freedom Township is one of the eighteen townships of Portage County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 2,751 people in the township.

Geography

Located in the northeastern part of the county, it borders the following townships:

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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