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Olde Northfield Township - Chronology of Significant Events: 1655-1970

1655 – King Charles of England established the Connecticut Western Reserve.

1787 – After achieving statehood, Connecticut signed over most of its land holdings to the United States Government. That area was reserved and later sold to the Connecticut Land Company for $1.2 million.

1797 – This area of the Connecticut Western Reserve was surveyed and townships of five square miles were established arranged in 160 acre tracts.

1806 – Issac Bacon of Massachusetts purchased 160 acres in Town 5, Range 11; it was the first land sold in the town. The area was inhabited by Native Americans and wild animals.

1807 – Isaac Bacon and his family arrived by covered wagon and settled on Lot. No. 63.

1810 – The second family, that of Jerimiah Cranmer, settled in the town; Cranmer was a brother-in-law of Issac Bacon. Cranmer’s grave is the oldest in the Northfield-Macedonia Cemetery.

1812 – Isaac Bacon is drafted into the army and is sent to Cleveland.  He is discharged and shortly dies.  His homestead is inherited by his son David.

1813 – First wedding in the town.

1814 – Saw mill built on the north side of Brandywine Creek by George Wallace.

1815 – George Wallace moved to Brandywine, built a grist mill on the south side of the creek and opened a store on the second floor of the mill.

1816 – A distillery was built on the south side of Brandywine Creek.

1817 – The first school (a log schoolhouse) was built at Brandywine, or Brandywine Mills as it was then called. A journalist of the time wrote “a more lively town than Cleveland, and with better prospects.”

1819 – Northfield Township officially established on May 24th with the election of township officers. – Part of the area around Brandywine Falls annexed from Boston Township. – A log schoolhouse is built near the Bacon and Crannmer lots in the area called “Snatch-penny” (Valley View Road). – The area of the township later known as Macedonia was established by Henry Wood along Indian Run.

1821 – A woolen mill is built at Brandywine; a total of 20 people were employed by the various industries around the falls.

1825 – The first building is erected in what now is known as Northfield Center; it was a log schoolhouse. A pump and watering trough were also erected in the center and can be seen in the same place today. – A post office was established at Brandywiine; it was the first in the township with George Wallace as Postmaster. – Henry Post built a saw mill at Little York along Brandywine Creek.  In 1826 a stone schoolhouse was built on Rte. 82 at Carter Road.

1830– Manufacturing at Brandywine reached its peak and would soon begin to decline. – About 50 householders lived in the township at this time. – A frame school was built at Brandywine to replace the log school. The frame structure later became the studio for artist William Sommer.

1832 – Hezekiah Palmer built a log cabin in Northfield in the center.

1833 – A log school was built in Macedonia. – The first real store opened (except for the one at the mill) by Colonel Milton Arthur; few customers, little money.

1835 – A frame school was built on Olde 8 near Northfield Center (District No. 1) replacing the log school built in 1825.

1836 – The first doctor moved into the township.

1837 – A post office was established at Northfield Center; George Lillie was the postmaster.

1840 – Summit County was created from a part of Portage County as was named for its distinction of having the highest elevation on the Ohio Canal. – a Town park was created in Northfield Center with 1/2 acre being given by the four adjacent land owners (Lillie, Palmer, Bliss and Arthur).

1843 – The Great flood at Brandywine Creek devastated Little York and the businesses at Brandywine Mills.

1844 – Wallace House built at Brandywine Falls. – Palmer House built at Northfield Center.

1847 – A Cemetery was created in the township and called “Chestnut Hill.”

1848 – Town Hall “on the square” was built; southeast corner of Rts. 8 and 82.

1851 – Pennsylvania Railroad built through Macedonia.

1852 – Post office established at Macedonia Depot.

1853 – Frame school built at Ledge and Shepherd Roads (District No. 8) and was used until 1903.  Still standing today.

1854 – Five new schools built in the township: Northfield brick school (District No. 2) replaced Brandywine School; frame school built on Dunham Road (District No. 4) replaced Snatchpenny School and was used until 1918; frame school built in Macedonia (District No. 5) to replace log school and was used until 1880; frame school in Little York (District No. 6) and used until 1908; frame school built at Rte. 8 and Ledge Road (District No. 7) and used until 1916.

1864 – Northfield Cornet Band formed and later was called the Bliss Band.

1871 – Twin brick schools of Northfield (Olde 8) and Macedonia (Valley View Road) erected.

1881 – Frame school known as West School built on Rte. 82 and Carter Road (District No. 3) replacing the stone school.

1893 – Work started to elevate the railroad tracks on Rte. 82 at Macedonia Depot.

1895 – ABC (Akron – Bedford – Cleveland) interurban car line built a station in Northfield Center as service began between those points.

1900 – Rural postal delivery began in Olde Northfield Township.

1905 – Village of Macedonia established.

1912 – Macedonia became a township. – Olde Northfield changed from a township to a village.

1926 – First motorized fire vehicle purchased by Olde Northfield, a converted oil wagon modified to carry water for firefighting purposes.

1932 – Sagamore Hills Township created upon separation from Northfield Village. ABC interurban service discontinued.

1933 – New high bridge between Sagamore Hills and Brecksville opened.

1935 – Northfield Center Township separated from Northfield Village. Northfield Village as it is known today remained.

1953 – Electric Blvd. area of Sagamore Hills annexed by Northfield Village; a fire station erected.

1970 – Old Brandywine Cemetery located near the falls moved to Northfield-Macedonia Cemetery to make way for 1-271 construction.A