Nelson Township, Portage County, Ohio

Coordinates: 41°18′37″N 81°3′3″W / 41.31028°N 81.05083°W / 41.31028; -81.05083
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Nelson Township
The former Nelson Academy is now a community center
The former Nelson Academy is now a community center
Coordinates: 41°18′37″N 81°3′3″W / 41.31028°N 81.05083°W / 41.31028; -81.05083
CountryUnited States
 • Total24.7 sq mi (64 km2)
 • Land24.7 sq mi (64 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation1,050 ft (320 m)
 • Total3,101
 • Density125.5/sq mi (48.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)330, 234
FIPS code39-53858[2]
GNIS feature ID1086833[1]

Nelson Township is one of the eighteen townships of Portage County, Ohio, United States. The 2020 census found 3,101 people in the township.[3]


Located in the northeastern corner of the county, it borders the following other townships and municipalities:

Most of the village of Garrettsville was formed from southwestern Nelson Township.

Formed from the Connecticut Western Reserve, Nelson Township covers an area of 25 square miles (65 km2).

Name and history[edit]

Nelson Township was organized in 1817.[4] The name most likely is a transfer from Nelson, New York.[5] It is the only Nelson Township statewide.[6]


Nelson Township is the site of Nelson Kennedy Ledges State Park, a 167 acres (68 ha) park featuring several rock formations that includes hiking trails, waterfalls, and picnicking areas. Also in the township is the Nelson Ledges Road Course hosts motorcycle and sports car racing events.[7] Nelson has hosted many music festivals at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park from 1972–Present


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,[8] 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. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  2. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "Nelson township, Portage County, Ohio – Profile of General Demographic Characteristics". U.S. Census Bureau. 2020. Retrieved May 2, 2022.
  4. ^ History of Portage County, Ohio: Containing a History of the County, Its Townships, Towns, Villages, Schools, Churches, Industries, Etc. Warner, Beers & Company. 1885. p. 492.
  5. ^ Overman, William Daniel (1958). Ohio Town Names. Akron, OH: Atlantic Press. p. 94.
  6. ^ "Detailed map of Ohio" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. 2000. Retrieved February 16, 2007.
  7. ^ "Nelson Ledges Road Course". Retrieved May 26, 2007.
  8. ^ §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.

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