Author(s): Charles E. Herdendorf
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.
|FORMAT||235 x 165 mm|
|PUBLICATION DATE||15 March 2015|
|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.