Thursday, August 11, 2005

1856 Map of the Waynesville-Harveysburg area
(Wayne & Massie Townships, Warren County, Ohio)
Click on the map to enlarge.
Between Waynesville/Corwin and Harveysburg there is rich farm land. In the past, as one traveled east from Waynesville, the land dropped down into a steep and wide valley, the valley of Caesar's Creek. High on the eastern ridge overlooking the valley was Harveysburg located on the main road between Wilmington and Waynesville, Ohio. This road, which was once the Main Street of Harveysburg, is now State Rte 73. However, it has been diverted around Harveysburg twice over the years. Before these diversions, Harveysburg was famous for the famous "S"curve that lead up from the bottom of the valley into the village.


Blogger Laurel said...

Dear Karen,
I have not met you, although, I believe I may have seen you when I came to the library to meet a "history" friend. I am greatly impressed by your use of the 1856 atlas map the use of photos and the layout of your blog. I am just starting to familiarize myself with this blogging tool; I may write you some more to ask questions how you learned. I have not read anymore than a small portion of your blog, I am very interested in your content; I am a local history lover. I have been gathering data about the area for several years and just now trying to make sense of these bits and bytes! Do you have a web site or a section in the Library Website?

On another curiosity note...I have always tried to find out the history behind a few homes to the north and south of 73 west of Harveysburg. As a kid, I witnessed this "back seat" view as a passenger (in our '60 chevy stationwagon) to what seemed like "floating" down that hill headed towards Harveysburg on 73 from Waynesville. It was a steep, long hill and I don't forget much about it! We drove from Centerville to the Ohio River to boat a lot. On the South side of the road, about where the bridge is now, there was a house that sat out on what looked like an island to me. I always wanted to know who lived there. The house was a two story farmhouse, yellow, I think, and corn grew around it except on top of what looked like the "island".

My last trip in the region before the lake was filled, we drove down that hill from Waynesville to Harveysburg to see what was going on. My dad turned left at about the top of the hill before the "S" curve on 73. The road became a "hairpin" curve going down and in front of a house wrapped in barbed wire and abandoned. I could elaborate on the style and I can still see that odd site in my mind. I always wondered who lived there too.
This site was typical of the TVA lakes we saw growing up and when you see a house staring up at you from under the water it sort of scares you; you can't identify with it or place it in your logic.
I am glad there are people like you to carry on the legacy of memory in "print" for the rest of us to ponder on.
Keep writing good stuff and keep scanning those great photos. Great job Karen, thanks for your time and space!

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