My hometown is the state of Ohio and it's located in the Midwest of the United States. Its name comes from the Iroquois word "ohi-yo", meaning "great river". Archeologists have suggested that the Ohio Valley was inhabited by nomadic people as early as 13,000 BC. It became the 17th state to enter the union in 1803. The state's total estimated current population is 11.5 million, making Ohio the 7th-most populous state in the US.
Ohio's nickname is The Buckeye State, and its residents are often referred to as Buckeyes. The buckeye is the state tree of Ohio that produces unique-looking nuts. Buckeye is also the name of a popular Ohio treat that is created by dipping a spoonful of peanut butter fudge in milk chocolate, leaving a circle of the peanut butter exposed.
My hometown is actually a township. Its name is Palmyra, and it's located in Portage County, Ohio, which in turn is located in the northeast region of Ohio. New Englanders settled the Palmyra area in 1799, and Palmyra Township was established in 1810. Though part of the original Connecticut Western Reserve, Palmyra's cultural background was influenced largely by Welsh immigrants, who began arriving around 1830. Currently, Palmyra has about 3,000 residents.
Old Stagecoach Inn
This historic inn began serving travelers on the old Portage-Columbiana stage road (now Tallmadge Road) in 1832. Two major stage lines, one from Cleveland to Wellsville (the closest Ohio River port) and the other from Cleveland to Pittsburgh, passed through Palmyra in the early 1800s. Originally a simple two-story Greek Revival-style building, it had its third story added in 1888 when it became a lodge for the Knights of Pythias fraternal organization.
Welsh farmers found a rare cash market for their produce at the inn. Later Welsh immigrants worked in the coal mines that dotted the area from the 1870s until the 1920s. For many years the annual May Fair celebrated Palmyra's Welsh heritage. The town lost much of its vitality after nearby Interstate Highway 76 bypassed it in the 1960s. The inn served as a private residence and store for most of the 20th century. The Palmyra Center Hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
Portage County, Ohio
Portage County is home to many small cities, a few universities, and several natural wonders. The county got its name from an old Native American path called "Portage Trail". This trail was located between the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas rivers, and travelers would portage their canoes between them. Cuyahoga means "crooked river" in Iroquois, and Tuscarawas means "river mouth". The Cuyahoga River is pictured to the right.