Canaan Township, Athens County, Ohio

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Canaan Township, Athens County, Ohio
Savage-Stewart House
Location of Canaan Township in Athens County
Location of Canaan Township in Athens County
Coordinates: 39°19′50″N 82°1′11″W / 39.33056°N 82.01972°W / 39.33056; -82.01972Coordinates: 39°19′50″N 82°1′11″W / 39.33056°N 82.01972°W / 39.33056; -82.01972
Country United States
State Ohio
County Athens
 • Total 38.6 sq mi (100.1 km2)
 • Land 38.0 sq mi (98.5 km2)
 • Water 0.6 sq mi (1.6 km2)
Elevation[1] 620 ft (189 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,666
 • Density 44/sq mi (16.9/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code 39-11220[2]
GNIS feature ID 1085752[1]

Canaan Township is one of the fourteen townships of Athens County, Ohio, United States. The 2010 census found 1,666 people in the township.[3]


Located in the center of the county, it borders the following townships:

Part of the city of Athens is located in western Canaan Township. Canaan Township contains the unincorporated community of Canaanville.

The township is bisected by the Hocking River and U.S. Route 50. It includes most of Strouds Run State Park.[4]

Name and history[edit]

Canaan Township was organized in 1819.[5]

Statewide, other Canaan Townships are located in Madison County, Morrow County, and Wayne counties.


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,[6] 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.


  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Canaan township, Athens County, Ohio". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ DeLorme. Ohio Atlas & Gazetteer. 7th ed. Yarmouth: DeLorme, 2004, p. 80. ISBN 0-89933-281-1.
  5. ^ Walker, Charles Manning (1869). History of Athens County, Ohio, And, Incidentally, of the Ohio Land Company and the First Settlement of the State at Marietta. Robert Clarke & Company. p. 441. 
  6. ^ §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.

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