Devil Town, Ohio

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Devil Town
Unincorporated community
Devil Town is located in Ohio
Devil Town
Devil Town
Coordinates: 40°50′43″N 81°58′25″W / 40.84528°N 81.97361°W / 40.84528; -81.97361Coordinates: 40°50′43″N 81°58′25″W / 40.84528°N 81.97361°W / 40.84528; -81.97361
Country United States
State Ohio
County Wayne
Elevation 1,033 ft (315 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
GNIS feature ID 1048658[1]

Devil Town is an unincorporated community in Wayne County, Ohio, United States.[1] Devil Town is located approximately 5 mi (8.0 km) northwest of Wooster. Clear Creek flows through the community.

Land was first sold in the area in 1830. The community was called "Tannersville" because a tannery was established there. There was also a blacksmith shop, grocery store, saloon, post office, and mill.[2]

Tannersville later became knows as "Devil Town". One explanation is that a resident there frequently used the word "Devil" when speaking. Another explanation is that the residents—seeking relief from the stench of the tannery—were frequently intoxicated and were "real Devils".[2]

Mechanicsburg Road runs through Devil Town, and some homes are located there. Little remains of the original community.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Devil Town". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b c Knox, Bonnie (April 1, 2011). "Deviltown". Wayne County Historical Society.