2014 will be an exciting year for our little village. We will be 200 years old.
Hard to imagine. Come along with us on our journey as we prepare to celebrate our Bicentennial in 2014!
In the grand scheme of things, 200 years is a very short period. And, yet in that length of time, Newcomerstown, Ohio was involved in a lot of history and major changes.
- George Washington had been deceased 14 years.
- Abraham Lincoln was five years old.
- Ohio had been a state for only 11 years (It became a state on March 1, 1803).
- The Northwest Territory (the territory NW of the river Ohio) had been terminated only 11 years prior. (When Ohio was admitted to the Union as a state, the Northwest Territory went out of existence).
- The War of 1812 ended a year later in 1815 with the Battle of New Orleans. (Ongoing disputes with the British over the Northwest Territory were a factor in the War of 1812).
In 200 years, the United States has gone from a rural, farming society that was still defining its boundaries on various levels to a country teeming with millions of people who live in numerous major cities demonstrating an explosion of vast technological advances. We are still defining our boundaries on various levels.
Newcomerstown, a sleepy little Norman Rockwell village, hasn’t changed much in either population or appearance. However, on a personal level, there is a great history and much to learn and share. Speaking of sharing, we have shared great personalities with our entire nation…personalities like Woody Hayes and Cy Young, for example.
Newcomerstown exists in the hearts and minds of its prior and current residents as “home.” Families journeyed to this area and stayed here decade after decade, raising their young and contributing to the little community in thoughtful, loving ways. We’ve shared our lives with our friends and family and have become knit together in a fashion that is truly precious…not to be taken lightly.
The 2014 Bicentennial Committee is a joint project of: The Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce and The Newcomerstown Historical Society