Welcome to Fredericktown, Ohio, It CAN Be Done In A Small Town
Welcome to the official web site for the Village of Fredericktown, Ohio. As you take a virtual stroll through our community, you will see some of the reasons the people of Fredericktown take great pride in their community, and visitors are always welcome.
While you are here, please click on the links located along the top of this page to visit some of the area’s sites of interest. You can visit some of our businesses, catch up on current events and view our new $29,000,000 school facility that is home to grades K-
The Fredericktown Community Development Foundation is poised to assist new and existing businesses to locate and expand in our "agurban" community. We have shovel-
We are the home of the Fredericktown Freddies where most of the community turns out on game night to support the teams. For more information, visit Fredericktown Local Schools
Photos Courtesy of Dr. M. Bradley Smith & Judy Divelbiss
An important piece of Fredericktown's history made its way back to the community in 2007. The Webb C. Ball (1847 to 1922) was a native of Fredericktown who went on to become the first jeweler in Cleveland to use the service of the Naval Observatory in Washington. He is also credited with bringing the first chronometer to Cleveland which he displayed in his store window. That’s where people stopped to set their watches, and where the phrase “Ball’s Time” and “On the Ball,” came to mean the absolute correct time all over Northern Ohio. In 1891, Ball was appointed Chief Examiner of Watches for The Cleveland and Pittsburgh Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad and created an inspection system of checking the watches of railroad workers that eventually encompassed 75 percent of the railroads throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Ball’s clock stood for more than 100 years on the sidewalk in front of his jewelry store on Euclid Ave., in Cleveland. To read how the sidewalk clock came to became part of Fredericktown’s history see Fredericktown Historical Society
The people of Fredericktown take great pride in their community and its history. Their community spirit is reflected along our streets, our parks and in some of the buildings and structures. One source of pride is the bandstand, built on the village square in 1987, it was actually built in one day through the efforts of civic groups, village officials, area organizations and private individuals. The project, including funding, was completed in 10 weeks from inception to completion.
The community is also proud to be the home of the FFA Jacket, which is now recognized as the official apparel of FFA students nationwide. The jacket was first worn at the 1933 national FFA convention by local youth. FFA is still going strong in Fredericktown, and we are very proud to be home to the famous jacket.
The Fredericktown Historical Society Museum has preserved much of the community’s heritage, including the building in which it is housed. The building was build in 1828 and served for many years as the United Methodist Church, and later the community’s public library. The museum is home of many kinds of memoribilia throughout the community’s history.
Fredericktown is extremely proud of its 130 acres of community parks offering activities almost year ‘round. The Fredericktown Recreation District Education and Nature Center is home to the park office, and includes two miles of trails throughout 57 acres of woods, complete with wild life and scenery. There are baseball diamonds, picnic facilities and a lake for swimming. The village recently purchased the old B&O railroad path that runs from one side of town to the other. Plans are to create an asphalt trail for bicycles and pedestrians. The park district also received a donation of nine acres of wetlands within the village that will become a nature preserve with species and plants indigenous to wetland areas.
The Kokosing River offers fishing, boating and camping. Knox Lake, a short drive from the village, is well known as a fisherman's paradise, including some record size bass. The Kokosing Reservoir is a five minute drive from Fredericktown, offering boating, fishing and camping facilities. Close by are many recreational activities such as a nine hole golf course, walking and bike trails, softball, baseball, bowling, tennis, basketball, ski resorts and more. Our central location allows close proximity to Columbus, just 50 minutes away, for a vast array of college and professional sports, theater, shopping and special events.
Fredericktown has been home to the annual Fredericktown Tomato Show each September . The four-
Senior citizens can visit the Fredericktown Senior Activity Center weekdays for TV, games, cards, crafts or visiting. Once each month, seniors gather for a potluck lunch and entertainment.
Social activity groups include 4-
The community celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2007 with events throughout the year. Fredericktown Bicentennial
The Fredericktown Community Library, constructed in 1995 by community volunteers, is a excellent resource for knowledge and entertainment. The Library has a large selection of children's books and tapes, thousands of reading and visual materials, Internet access, and offers special programs of interest to the community. Over 300 volunteers worked on the construction of the building, 180 persons provided food for the workers and a father and son team moved 48 pickup truck loads of books from the old library to the new facility. A total of over 800 area residents contributed money, labor and food to complete this testimonial to community spirit and pride.
Fredericktown is governed by a mayor, village administrator and six councilmembers, and a local police force, all of whom are committed to serving residents with an excellent water supply, good streets and safe neighborhoods.
The local economy is supported by business and industry with products and services covering a broad spectrum. Several industries have operated in the community for more than 100 years.
A community development group has been working toward expanding our business and industrial base since the 1980s with positive results. Fredericktown has both large and small industries and several smaller companies, Kokosing Construction Co., Dana Corporation and FT Precision are located here because of a strong workforce ethic and easy access to I-
A second community foundation, the Community Foundation of Fredericktown, serves another purpose in the community, providing our high school seniors with scholarship opportunities for local young people, as well as other community building activities. About one-
The foundation's fundraiser for the last two years has been the Blast in the Park 5K Race on the Fourth of July. The group also sells legacy bricks which are laid around the community bandstand on the square. Visit Community Foundation of Fredericktown.
The Fredericktown community is home to one of the larger Amish communities in Ohio. Beginning in Middlebury Township, just northwest of the village, the settlement extends into Morrow and Richland counties. This settlement is a conservative Old Order Amish community. They meet in their homes for church services in church districts composed of nearby neighbors.
The Owl Creek Produce Auction was established in 2005 to create a way for fresh, local product to move into the Central Ohio food channels.The auction attracts buyers from Columbus to Cleveland, and provides produce for three auctions per week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) during the peek growing season beginning in June; two days per week beginning in Mid-
A special benefit auction is held the second Saturday of August when all kinds of Amish-
Amish buggies are a common site in the village of Fredericktown, horses tied to hitching posts at the grocery store and doctor's office. "English" automobiles are often seen at Amish businesses acquiring goods or services locally, just as they shop our stores. The Fredericktown community benefits by our quiet neighbors who happen to live and dress a little differently, and choose to live without electricity or cars. They also do NOT appreciate being photographed.
There is also a large population of Mennonites in the Fredericktown area. The main difference between Amish and Mennonites is the Amish resistance to modern technology like cars and electricity. Amish dress in very traditional, usually black, clothing and live in tight knit communities. The Mennonites on the other hand dress in plain clothes and have no problems using technology nor separating from the outside world.
There are many family farms in this area, several families have been farming the same land for over 100 years. There are also several small commercial farms in Fredericktown. Fredericktown farmers work closely with Ohio State University Extension Services to learn Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). Organic and natural farming is thriving in Fredericktown and many are finding their niche in the local marketplace by providing excellent quality produce, fruit, meat, eggs, poultry, pork and farm fresh value-
In Fredericktown agribusiness is big business. The main crops are corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa; livestock: cattle, sheep, dairy, llamas and goats, Some of businesses serving area farmers including LeveAgriman,
B&B Farm Supply, Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, Dee Jay’s Custom Butchering, and more…
Fredericktown has the security and flavor of a small town. Blended with an innovative and progressive attitude, the result is an environment where the people take great pride in their homes, school, and in the community. It is a strong tradition of progressiveness and resolute spirit that prompts the people to work toward the development of an even better community in which to live and work. This spirit is best illustrated in the slogan that has become our philosophy..... “It Can Be Done In A Small Town.”