Do you know where you live?
By Shawna Burkham
When Berkshire Township was first laid out, it encompassed land that has since been divided off into other townships. The towns of Sunbury and Galena had not yet been incorporated into villages with their own governments so were part of Berkshire, too. Today, the entire Village of Galena and the majority of the Village of Sunbury still lie within the township’s borders, although they have been incorporated with their own Village Councils, etc.
Galena was originally platted under the name of Zoar, but in 1834 when a post office was established, they discovered there was already a Zoar post office north and east of here, in Tuscarawas County, so the name Galena was suggested by Nathan Dustin.
Sunbury was laid out by William and Lawrence Myers and the original plat is dated November 1816. In 1820, Lawrence Myers built the historic Myers Inn, which still stands today on the southwest corner of the Sunbury Square. The inn is now a museum and the home of the Big Walnut Area Historical Society.
Sunbury is fortunate to have many historic buildings which have been preserved and are still in use today, not the least of which is the imposing Town Hall. Built in 1868, the structure cost $6,500; of which $1,500 was contributed by the Masonic Lodge to build the third story, which they still occupied in 1880.
I hope now, when someone asks, “Where do you live?” you’ll proudly say “I live in Berkshire Township, and it’s an amazing place!”
* the reference material used and quoted in writing these articles is from a book titled “History of Delaware County and Ohio”, published by O.L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers in 1880.
Our Park Takes Off!
Months of planning, meetings, research and time are paying off! On Tuesday, April 25th, work began on carving out paths and the garden area for the Berkshire Township Park. While this is only the beginning, it’s exciting to see what we hope will be a wonderful community space starting to take shape.
The next meeting of the Park Committee is Thursday, May 18th at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.
Information for this story was provided by the township’s newsletter.
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