Sandyville: The Town that Moved

Sandyville: The Town that Moved (HM2AOX)

Location: Sandyville, OH 44671 Tuscarawas County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 38.427', W 81° 22.179'

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Sandyville was founded in 1815 by future State Senator Henry Laffer. In 1936, the 275 villagers learned that the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District planned to control regional flooding with the construction of 14 dams including nearby Bolivar Dam. This dam would place Sandyville in a flood zone and force villagers to sell, abandon, or move their homes. Ultimately, the villagers united and decided to move Sandyville. Between August 1937 and early 1938, contractors (paid by the Conservancy District) relocated approximately 30 houses, 30 outbuildings, 2 stores, a post office, a town hall, and a restaurant (where cooking continued during the move!). The move required hard work, patience, and neighborliness, By 1938, the little village had moved one-half mile up the hill and villagers began to recreate their peaceful, pleasant surroundings for future generations.
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Year Placed2015
Placed BySparta Steel The Ohio History Connection
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 at 8:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 468743 N 4498910
Decimal Degrees40.64045000, -81.36965000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 38.427', W 81° 22.179'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 38' 25.62" N, 81° 22' 10.74" W
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11168 Sandyville Rd, Sandyville OH 44671, US
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