Sheffield Through Time

Author(s): Charles E. Herdendorf  

ISBN: 9781635000023
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The legacy of the hardy pioneers who ventured to northern Ohio in the early 1800s and those who followed and strived to make Sheffield's Lake Erie shore and hinterland a wonderful place to live, learn, work, and raise families is depicted in Sheffield Through Time.
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The legacy of the hardy pioneers who ventured to northern Ohio in the early 1800s and those who followed and strived to make Sheffield's Lake Erie shore and hinterland a wonderful place to live, learn, work, and raise families is depicted in Sheffield Through Time. It traces architectural styles from Federal, Greek Revival, Italianate, and Victorian to Classical Revival.


Along the way numerous Vernacular-style farmhouses and barns were built to match the particular needs and backgrounds of the new settlers.

Geology played an important part of the early settlement of Sheffield Township. The ancient beach ridges left behind by retreating glacial lakes were the first areas selected for homesteads because of their rich sandy soils. The land along the lakeshore was the least desired by the early settlers because of its high clay content. When Bavarians emigrant arrived in the mid-1800s, they discovered the shorelands were excellent for growing grapes and pastures for their livestock. These factors coupled with stream-power provided by the Black River and French Creek allowed Sheffield to flourish.



BOOK ISBN 9781635000023
FORMAT 235 x 165 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 96 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 15 March 2015
TERRITORY World
ILLUSTRATIONS 92 black-and-white and 92 colour photographs

 

 






 

Charles E. Herdendorf writes this book in association with the Sheffield Village Historical Society, where he serves as president and editor of the society’s journal, The Village Pioneer. Dr. Herdendorf, professor emeritus of geological sciences at The Ohio State University, is a descendant of Sheffield’s founding families and lives in one of the village’s historic homes. He has selected images for this book from the extensive digital archives of the Sheffield Village Historical Society.