Postcards: Lexington, Ohio

In the spring of 1812 the first cabin was constructed in what is now Lexington, Ohio.  Amariah Watson brought his wife and four children from Knox County and soon after his arrival he constructed a sawmill and a gristmill.  Watson got along well with the local tribes in the area and made friends by grinding their grain in his gristmill.  Around 1815 Jacob Cook built the first tavern and in 1825 William Damsell built the first grocery store.  It wasn’t until 1839 that Lexington was officially recognized as a village by the U.S. Government.  In 1870 the population of Lexington was 482 persons, according to the U.S. Federal Census, that number had grown to 4,822 in 2010.

For more information on Lexington, Ohio check out these books:

Tales of the old-timers : the history of Lexington / by Robert A. Carter

Looking back at Lexington : a history of the Village of Lexington, Ohio 1813-2002 / / compiled and edited by students and teachers at Lexington Junior High School

Looking back at Lexington, part 2. Voices of Lexington : a history of the Village of Lexington, Ohio 1813-2003 / / compiled and edited by students and teachers at Lexington Junior High School

Looking back at Lexington, part 3 Glimpses of Lexington : a history of the Village of Lexington, Ohio 1813-2005 / / compiled and edited by students and teachers at Lexington Junior High School

Enjoy these postcard images of Lexington, Ohio, click on image for more detail.

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