Palmyra Township, Portage County, Ohio

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Palmyra Township, Portage County, Ohio
Township
Location within Portage County
Location within Portage County
Coordinates: 41°6′8″N 81°2′28″W / 41.10222°N 81.04111°W / 41.10222; -81.04111Coordinates: 41°6′8″N 81°2′28″W / 41.10222°N 81.04111°W / 41.10222; -81.04111
Country United States
State Ohio
County Portage
Area
 • Total 25.6 sq mi (66.4 km2)
 • Land 25.6 sq mi (66.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation[1] 1,040 ft (317 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,785
 • Density 108.6/sq mi (41.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 39-59668[2]
GNIS feature ID 1086834[1]
A view of the town of Diamond from Interstate 76

Palmyra Township is one of the eighteen townships of Portage County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 2,785 people in the township.[3]

Geography[edit]

Located in the southeastern part of the county, it borders the following townships:

No municipalities are located in Palmyra Township, although the unincorporated community of Diamond lies in the township's east.

Formed from the Connecticut Western Reserve, Palmyra Township covers an area of 26 square miles (67 km2).

Name[edit]

It is the only Palmyra Township statewide.[4]

History[edit]

The Welsh Cemetery located in Palmyra Township contains the remains and headstones of several 19th century settlers from Wales (both North and South), with at least one stone actually inscribed in the Welsh language.

Although the township was first settled by New Englanders, Welsh farmers arrived in substantial numbers after 1831. Welsh coal miners joined them in the 1870s. An annual Mayfair highlighting the township's Welsh heritage, an outgrowth of an earlier Welsh horse show, died out by the 1970s.

Government[edit]

The township is governed by a three-member board of trustees, who are elected in November of odd-numbered years to a four-year term beginning on the following January 1. Two are elected in the year after the presidential election and one is elected in the year before it. There is also an elected township fiscal officer,[5] who serves a four-year term beginning on April 1 of the year after the election, which is held in November of the year before the presidential election. Vacancies in the fiscal officership or on the board of trustees are filled by the remaining trustees.

Education[edit]

Palmyra Township is served by the Southeast Local Schools, and Southeast High School is located in the township.

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