Rome Township, Ashtabula County, Ohio

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Rome Township, Ashtabula County, Ohio
Rome Presbyterian Church, built 1836
Rome Presbyterian Church, built 1836
Location of Rome Township in Ashtabula County
Location of Rome Township in Ashtabula County
Coordinates: 41°36′46″N 80°50′9″W / 41.61278°N 80.83583°W / 41.61278; -80.83583Coordinates: 41°36′46″N 80°50′9″W / 41.61278°N 80.83583°W / 41.61278; -80.83583
CountryUnited States
 • Total24.1 sq mi (62.4 km2)
 • Land23.5 sq mi (60.9 km2)
 • Water0.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)
Elevation860 ft (262 m)
 • Total1,812
 • Density77/sq mi (29.7/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)440
FIPS code39-68224[2]
GNIS feature ID1085741[1]

Rome Township is one of the twenty-seven townships of Ashtabula County, Ohio, United States. The 2010 census found 1,812 people in the township.[3]


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

Part of the village of Roaming Shores is located in northeastern Rome Township. The unincorporated community of Rome is located in the center of the township.[4]

Name and history[edit]

Some say the township was named after Rome, Italy, while others believe the name is a transfer from Rome, New York.[5] Statewide, other Rome Townships are located in Athens and Lawrence counties.

The first houses in Rome Township were built by settlers Elijah Crosby and Abner Hall in 1805, but the first permanent settler in the township was former Connecticut resident William Crowell, who arrived in the following year.[6]


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,[7] 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. Currently, the board is composed of chairman Eric Eland, and members Gary Hunter and Tom Gage.[6]


  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. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Rome township, Ashtabula County, Ohio". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved July 9, 2013.
  4. ^ "Rome". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Entry is for the populated place in Ashtabula County, Ohio.
  5. ^ Overman, William Daniel (1958). Ohio Town Names. Akron, OH: Atlantic Press. p. 120.
  6. ^ a b Ashtabula County, Ohio Ashtabula County, 2007. Accessed 2007-05-28.
  7. ^ §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.

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