Freedom Township, Portage County, Ohio
Historic Freedom Congregational Church at Freedom Center
Location of Freedom Township in Portage County
|• Total||23.9 sq mi (62.0 km2)|
|• Land||23.9 sq mi (62.0 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,178 ft (359 m)|
|• Density||115.0/sq mi (44.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1086828|
Located in the northeastern part of the county, it borders the following townships:
- Hiram Township - north
- Windham Township - east
- Paris Township - southeast corner
- Charlestown Township - south
- Ravenna Township - southwest corner
- Shalersville Township - west
- Mantua Township - northwest corner
A small part of the village of Garrettsville was formed from far northeastern Freedom Township.
Formed from Town 4, Range 7 of the Connecticut Western Reserve, Freedom Township covers an area of 24 sq mi (62 km2). The Ravenna Training and Logistics Site covers the southeast corner of the township.
Name and history
Freedom Township was settled in 1818 and organized in 1825, one of the last townships in Portage County to be organized. The first settler was Charles Paine, son of General Edward Paine, whom Painesville, Ohio, is named after. It was said to have been named by Charles Paine's wife after the idea of freedom. Previously it had been referred to as "North Rootstown" since the original proprietor was Ephraim Root. A post office called Freedom was established in 1826 at the town center, and remained in operation until 1903, while another post office for Freedom Station was established in 1864 and remained in operation until 1957. Freedom Station was a station and shipping point on the New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio Railroad. The unincorporated community of Drakesburg is located in the eastern part of the township along Ohio State Route 303. It is named for settler Orasumus Drake, who arrived in 1829.
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, 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.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Portage County, Ohio — Population by Places Estimates Ohio State University, 2007. Accessed 15 May 2007.
- "Portage County". Jim Forte Postal History. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
- History of Portage County, Ohio: Containing a History of the County, Its Townships, Towns, Villages, Schools, Churches, Industries, Etc. Warner, Beers & Company. 1885. pp. 452–459.
- §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.