Apple Creek United Methodist Church
269 W. Main St, P. O. Box 265, 
Apple Creek Ohio 44606, Phone 330-698-3101,
eMail: office@applecreekumc.com

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More about Edinburgh Ohio . . .
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Edinburgh Ohio, Apple Creek's older, sister town: Edinburg, a small village at the junction of present  day State Route 250 and County Road 44 (Apple Creek Road) was settled in the early 1800s. Edinburgh was settled more than fifty years before the village of Apple Creek.

 

The map above shows the approximate location of the town of Edinburgh. The dark east/west/southeast/northwest road is present day State Route 250, the north/south road that crosses SR-250 at the curve is  present day Apple Creek Road (County Road 44). As you can see by the map, Edinburgh's east/west boundaries were from west of the creek on SR-250 to just slightly east of the present Golden Bear drive-in. Finley Street and County Road 44 were part of Edinburgh. Several lots west of Apple creek remain in the town of Edinburgh today.  See email below . . .Edinburgh was originally settled by a large number of Scotch-Irish Presbyterians and most likely received its name from Edinburgh Scotland, the most populist city and the capitol of Scotland.

Again, Edinburgh was settled more than fifty years before the village of Apple Creek, however, in 1852 the Cleveland, Akron, and Mt Vernon Railroad was constructed.

 The railroad crossed SR250 a half mile southeast of Edinburgh, near where Apple Creek Bank is located today. A railroad station called Apple Creek Station was built. It was named after the small creek that flowed thru the area. A village grew around the railroad station and was also called Apple Creek. Soon the businesses in the village of Edinburgh slowly moved into Apple Creek to be closer to the railroad. The village of Apple Creek grew, and eventually surrounded and incorporated most of the town of Edinburgh. Part of Edinburgh remains to this day, see more near bottom of this page.

This Apple Creek / Edinburgh area was most likely settled because of the small creek, Apple Creek, and several fresh water springs in the area. A water powered sawmill was built along present State Route 250 early in 1815 (see mid-page photo). The millrace was northeast of Apple creek (see map directly below). The mill race ran very close to the backyards of the lots on the south side of present day SR 250.

On August 16 1832 William Thomas and John Chaney platted Edinburgh where SR 250 crosses the Apple creek. It was recorded by George Emery page 438 volume 9.  Originally Edinburgh  started out as twenty-two lots. Six of those lots were west of the Apple Creek. Over the next 5 years Edinburgh continued to grow mostly eastward toward higher ground. 

In 1835 a Methodist church was built and The first academy in Wayne County,  Edinburgh academy, was built in 1842. Edinburgh Academy became a college in 1848. Out of ten historical landmarks in union township. The Edinburgh academy is the only landmark inside our present day Apple Creek boundaries.  

Edinburgh went on to grow as village and by all accounts was a bustling place.  John Chaney built a sawmill on the fox property around 1815. It was torn down in 1880The millrace was northeast of the main creek (see map above) and the mill was located on the south side of present State Route 250, just south of Finley Street.

The censes of 1860 lists a doctor, an innkeeper, 4 grocers and dry good stores, a saddler, 3 tailors, 3 blacksmiths, 3 carpenters, a miller, 3 shoe makers, a minister, a teacher, a cooper (coopers built wooden barrels, buckets, wheelbarrows), a butcher shop, a seamstress, a painter, and a boarding house with about 50 buildings. Edinburgh also had a sawmill, a tannery, a wagon shop and a family that manufactured and sold soap. By 1817. There was a Presbyterian church built. A tavern opened in 1818. The name Edinburgh first appeared on an 1826 Wayne county map. Edinburgh was often referred to as "Soap Town" (from the family that sold soap).

1852:  The Cleveland, Akron, and Mt Vernon Railroad  began buying up land for a proposed railway. John Hindman owned land where it crossed SR 250. In 1854 John Hindman laid out Apple Creek Station. The railroad made it the ideal place to be. Over time Edinburgh became known as “old town”. The Jameson brothers moved their store from Edinburgh to Apple creek station. In the 1860s the school and both churches moved onto the higher grounds of Apple Creek station.

By 1877 the much of the land between the two towns had been built up and the choice was made to incorporate as one town. The town was named Apple Creek, Ohio.

This is where many people believe the story of Edinburgh ends. However when the two towns joined to incorporate in 1877, lots 10 thru 15 lots 31 thru 41 and lots 67 thru 74 of Edinburgh were not incorporated into Apple Creek.

Edinburgh became a much smaller village after the joining with Apple Creek station. Over the years Edinburgh got smaller. Many people nicknamed it "Old Town". Lots 13 thru 15 currently owned by Gerald Knapp Lots 31 thru 35 currently owned by Mac Homes and lots 67 thru 74 currently owned by Carolyn Jackson. All merged back into East Union township according to the legal definition of the said properties.

Edinburgh was on the verge of being lost forever. Over the years lots 37 thru 41 went thru some replotting and renumbering and is now referred to under legal definition most current recording January 17, 2012 as lot 42 in the village of Edinburgh. All that remains now is parts of lots 10 thru 12 and lot 36 owned by Fannie Geiser and a lot 42 which is 2.25 acres owned by John Latecki Jr. (see email below).

Present day Edinburgh may be small but not forgotten. Many people don’t realize Edinburgh was here over 20 years before Apple Creek Station. The real historical and symbolic Edinburgh runs from present day Edinburgh East past the Golden Bear and encompasses church street as well. Maybe someday we can get a green state sign like Guerne has marking Edinburgh up past Golden Bear so people remember the town that was and the town that still exists.

More about Edinburgh Ohio:
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Below is an email from John Latecki Jr.

This email received: Mon, Apr 23, 2012 16:20:51 GMT+00:00
Subject:
Edinburgh

Hello,   Very nice web site!

There are a couple of statements some readers might find misleading about Edinburgh. On our history of Apple Creek 1. The first statement “Edinburg Ohio, now Apple Creek Ohio, was located in the area around the junction of (present) State Route 250 and Apple Creek Road”

Second statement: “Edinburg was eventually surrounded and Apple Creek's name prevailed. The small village of Edinburg became a part of Apple Creek Ohio.”

A reader is likely to come to the conclusion that Edinburgh does not exist anymore. However not all of Edinburgh was incorporated into Apple Creek. The lots west of the Apple Creek were not incorporated into Apple creek. Over the years all the lots South of 250 and some on the North were merged back into East Union township. However part of lots 10,11,12 and all of lots 36-41 remained Edinburgh. Lots 37-41 were renumbered and replatted to become lot 42 in the village of Edinburgh. A recent legal description on a deed transfer January 2012 deed for 6826 Dover road states the said property is known as lot 42 in the village of Edinburgh. So from a technical and legal standpoint Edinburgh still exists today. Sure it is much smaller now but it is still here.

Edinburgh does not appear on roadmaps but it can be found on Google, some GPS, and facebook recognizes. It can be found on maps including an Orrville U.S. Geological Survey Map. I hope some of this information helped. If you have any historical information or documents on the area of Edinburgh or Apple Creek station I would be very interested. I was wondering if you know of anyone in the area who can trace their ancestry back to the time of Edinburgh?   

Thank you for your time,  John Latecki Jr


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This page was last revised on February 21, 2016