waterville - canal sites

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Canal Society of Ohio Inc.

Little remains of the canal in this quaint village. In the past things were quite different. In canal days Waterville was the grain center of Ohio and the surrounding Midwest. The Maumee River, largest river draining into the Great Lakes, created massive waterpower to run the countless grain mills. This all changed with the coming of the railroads. 

The Columbian House, a Waterville landmark and inn was built in 1828 and has served travelers since then. It is an impressive building and now a Museum. Farnsworth Park (see link below) includes a walk on the towpath trail.

Columbian House Waterville, Ohio

Waterville was the grain center of Ohio and the surrounding Midwest