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Charlestown Village

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Introduction

Store and POThis section is being started in March, 2004 at the time that stabilization of the Woolen Mill in the village is being planned. Our hope is to grow this section as information, both early photos and descriptive text, becomes available to me from the HARB, the Historical Society and other sources. The material available as we launch this section is mostly from my own "collection" as well as photos of some paintings belonging to other individuals.
If you find this section interesting, you definitely should read the other sections under "The Early Days", especially Richard MacNamee's poem "Pictures from Memory's Wall", which includes photos of the village and other Township scenes taken around 1900.
This section is organized as follows -
Early Maps and General Scenes
These are portions of maps dating back to Witmer's 1874 map that includes the village. I have annotated some of the locations on these maps to make it easier for the "map challenged" to understand what you are looking at. I have also included a map that will be used with many of the photos and paintings in this section to indicate the approximate locations the photographer or painter stood when creating the image. This section also includes photos and paintings that are general scenes of the village, in contrast to images of specific buildings.
Woolen Mill
This section will grow over time with more historic information and photos of the woolen mill as well as photos of the progress of the stabilization and ultimately renovation of this interesting structure now owned by Charlestown Township.
Store and Post Office
The structure on Charlestown Road opposite the end of Pickering Dam Road was once a town hall, the Pickering Post Office, and over a long period, a store under a variety of owners. The photo at the top of this page is a small portion of a large photo of the store.
Other
There are other interesting structures in the village, including the United Methodist Church and the old forge or blacksmith shop. This section will provide info and photos of these and other structures.

 

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