Wayne County, founded in 1796 is the 13th largest county in Ohio covering 550 square miles. Our beautiful county is based in agriculture and in the late 1800’s began leaning into the industrial community. Coal mining and the railroad were a huge step into the industrial side today those things are not as prevalent, but places such as Smuckers, Wooster brush, Smith Dairy, and a few other corporations help keep our foot inside the industrial door while we still remain a very strong agricultural/ farming community.
Our county holds a lot of historic culture including the Amish community. When Wayne County was originally founded the county was mostly Amish Chrisitan. Today there is a much wider variety of beliefs, and cultures.
Another huge part of Wayne County’s past and present is the Lincoln Highway. The historic byway runs through Wayne County. Designated by red, white and blue signs, this route follows the original 241 mile Ohio 1928 alignment that stretched from New York City westward to San Francisco. The Lincoln Highway opened the western portion of the country to auto travel in the early 20th century. Today, as you travel this scenic route through Wayne County, you will experience some of "Main Street Across America," the Highway's original slogan. Downtown Wooster and Dalton, both on the Highway route since 1913, let visitors experience tree-lined streets, historical buildings and replicas of the original posts that designated the Lincoln Highway route.
With even more history to learn about our country as well as the towns, villages, and cities within make sure to contact one of the local historical societies if you are interested in learning more.