The Deercreek Frontier / Williamsport and Deercreek Township

The Deercreek Frontier / Williamsport and Deercreek Township (HMEID)

Location: Williamsport, OH 43164 Pickaway County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 35.147', W 83° 7.121'

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The Deercreek Frontier
In 1772-73 missionary David Jones visited Blue Jacket's Town, a settlement of 12 cabins downstream on the east bank and Pickaweekee, a Shawnee town, on the west bank. Deercreek Methodist Circuit Deacon, Dr. Edward Tiffin, met settlers after 1798. Dr. Tiffin was later elected the first governor of Ohio. A station of Virginia bounty-land settlers, "Williams Town," assembled here around 1797. Mill sites, established before Pickaway County, flourished in the dense oak forest of Deercreek Township. Frontier hotels in Williamsport prospered due to the "healthful" sulphur springs.

Williamsport and Deercreek Township
Development occurred rapidly in this area. In 1803 the first school was built in Deercreek Township, in 1810 the Christian Church, in 1812 Baker Mill, in 1813 Yates Mill, (restored in 1980's), in 1816 a Post Office and in 1826 the Deercreek Methodist Circuit Class was organized. Williamsport incorporated in 1842. A separate village school system was established in 1874 and a high school operated from 1891-1964. A weekly newspaper was published from 1889-1979. From 1903-1929 theatrical companies featuring "Uncle Tom's Cabin" toured from Williamsport
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Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
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Marker Number2-65
Year Placed1991
Placed BySorosis Club of Williamsport and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 9:16am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 318053 N 4383929
Decimal Degrees39.58578333, -83.11868333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 35.147', W 83° 7.121'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 35' 8.82" N, 83° 7' 7.26" W
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Area Code(s)740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-104 Main St N, Williamsport OH 43164, US
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