Frenchtown, Darke County, Ohio facts for kids

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Frenchtown, Ohio
Unincorporated community
Holy Family Church and Cemetery
Holy Family Church and Cemetery
Location of Frenchtown, Ohio
Location of Frenchtown, Ohio
Country United States
State Ohio
County Darke
Township Wayne
Elevation 1,027 ft (313 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
GNIS feature ID 1048761

Frenchtown is an unincorporated community in Wayne Township, Darke County, Ohio, United States. The community lies at the intersection of State Route 185 with Burns and Mangen Roads, approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) northwest of the village of Versailles. Its elevation is 1,027 feet (313 m).

The community was settled in the early nineteenth century primarily by people of French descent, including many Alsatians and Lorrainers. These settlers long retained their French roots: into the late nineteenth century, the community was heavily Roman Catholic, and their public inscriptions were made in the French language. Although stores and a school were founded in Frenchtown soon after settlement, no post office was ever established there; residents' mail went to the Versailles post office. Since the nineteenth century, the community has shrunk considerably; little now remains of Frenchtown except houses and a church complex. This church, Holy Family Catholic Church, is a community landmark: built in the 1860s, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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