Brandywine Village, Ohio

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Brandywine Village, Ohio
Brandywine Falls grist mill
Brandywine Falls grist mill
Country United States
State Ohio
County Summit
Settled 1814
Elevation[1] 843 ft (257 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 44067
Area code(s) 330
FIPS code [2]
GNIS feature ID 1071111[1]
Barn and house built by James Wallace in 1848

Brandywine Village, Ohio[1] is a former settlement located near Brandywine Falls in Summit County, Ohio, USA. It is within the boundaries of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The site lies on the border between Northfield Center Township and Sagamore Hills Township.

History[edit]

The Village of Brandywine was first settled in 1814 when George Wallace, taking advantage of the water power, built a sawmill at Brandywine Falls. It was a thriving community. Over the next decade, the Village of Brandywine added a whiskey distillery, gristmill, woolen mill, and a dozen houses. In 1824, Wallace transferred his property to his sons who then formed the Wallace Brothers Company. Business thrived for the next 30 years.

Eventually, Brandywine's prosperity dried up. The Ohio and Erie Canal, and later the railroads, shipped goods to the cities of Akron and Cleveland, leaving towns like Brandywine behind.[3]

Except for the barn and house built by James Wallace in 1848 only a few hidden foundations remain of the Village of Brandywine. Near the falls, some foundations of the old gristmill can still be seen. The James Wallace House has been restored and now serves as a bed and breakfast, The Inn at Brandywine Falls.[4]

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Coordinates: 41°16′34″N 81°32′17″W / 41.27611°N 81.53806°W / 41.27611; -81.53806