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Then and Now

Many residents of Charlestown Townships as well as the Charlestown Historical Society possess photographs of scenes within our township taken many years ago. Our goal in this section is to post "Then and Now" comparisons of views of areas, roads and structures that are familiar to anyone who traverses the roads of our township.
We encourage residents who possess photographs of familiar stretches of roads, homes, barns and other buildings in the township to loan them to us for a few days. We will scan them and return them unharmed. If you have more recent photos of the same subjects, ideally from roughly the same vantage point, we would appreciate the loan of them as well. If not, with appropriate permission for photos taken from private property, we will take current photos that correspond with the submitted old photos. If you wish to provide any such photos, please contact us and we will arrange for you to mail them to us or we can provide "pickup and delivery", if you prefer.
Over time, we hope to build this section into a very interesting view of the changes in Charlestown Township over the past century. We are very aware from our own personal feelings that some of these "Then and Now" vignettes depict changes in our area that are undesirable, especially to long time residents. Nonetheless, they are a fascinating look at how common stretches of road appeared in the "old days" of Charlestown.
John Rees home, Jacobs General Store and Post Office
In 1997, Tim and Andrea Griffiths purchased the house built in 1855 by John Rees on the west side of State Road (Rt. 29) just north of the Union Hill Road intersection. This structure has a very intersting history, having alternated with the general store in Charlestown Village several times as the site of the Pickering Post Office. Tim Griffiths has created a marvelous "Then and Now" web page with the history of their home and eight matched photos showing their property in the 1890 - 1930 era and how it appears today from the same view points. I want to thank the Griffiths for sharing this with all of us.
The farm at the end of Mine Road (1914, 1958, 1976, 1998)
This is a series of photos taken near the end of Mine Road of what was once called Mine Run Farm. Some of the photos date back to 1914. This page may take a while to load, but we hope you find it worth the wait.
Merlin Road between Yellow Springs and PikeLand Roads (1944, 1968, 1998)
This is a series of photos taken midway between Yellow Springs and Pikeland Roads from the same vantage points in the summers of 1944, 1968 and the winter of 1998.

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