Georgesville, Ohio

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Georgesville, Ohio
Unincorporated community
Location of Georgesville, Ohio
Location of Georgesville, Ohio
Coordinates: 39°53′27″N 83°13′19″W / 39.89083°N 83.22194°W / 39.89083; -83.22194Coordinates: 39°53′27″N 83°13′19″W / 39.89083°N 83.22194°W / 39.89083; -83.22194
Country United States
State Ohio
County Franklin
Township Pleasant
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 43119 (Galloway)
Area code(s) 614
GNIS feature ID 1064712

Georgesville is an unincorporated community in western Pleasant Township, Franklin County, Ohio, United States. It is located southwest of Columbus, the county seat of Franklin County and the capital and largest city of Ohio.[1] Georgesville lies at the confluence of Little Darby Creek and Big Darby Creek, which are State and National Scenic Rivers[2] and tributaries of the Scioto River. Much of the swamp forest and prairie surrounding Georgesville is part of Battelle Darby Creek Park, the largest of the Metro Parks.

Prehistory[edit]

Situated across Big Darby Creek from Georgesville, on the eastern bank below the confluence, the O.C. Voss site includes a Fort Ancient village and ceremonial mound.[3] The reconstructed mound is located along the Ancient Trail in Battelle Darby Creek Park.

History[edit]

Georgesville was founded in 1797, and may predate Franklinton as Central Ohio's first permanent white settlement. The town was originally situated on the eastern bank of Big Darby Creek above the confluence, now the site of Oak Grove Cemetery. A railway station was built on the western bank of Big Darby Creek below the confluence, and Georgesville occupies this site today, although the railway station is long gone. Alkire Road, which runs from the suburbs of Columbus through Georgesville to the town of Lilly Chapel in Madison County, originally featured two wooden covered bridges which spanned the Big and Little Darby Creeks above their confluence. The covered bridges were replaced by steel truss bridges (a Pratt truss over Little Darby Creek and a Camelback truss over Big Darby Creek), which were in turn replaced by modern reinforced concrete bridges, in a new configuration, in the 1990s.

Before the truss bridges were torn down tests involving maximum load were conducted. At the time these bridge types were still common throughout the Midwest. The destruction of the bridges provided a wealth of information for engineers.

Today the east bank of the confluence is one of the many entry points for the Darby Creek Metro Park. Darby Creek is one of the most biologically diverse aquatic systems in the Midwest.

The Camp Case multi-use trail now runs along side the still a active rail line running through the village. When fully completed this trail will connect NE Ohio through Columbus and SW to Cincinnati.

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