Field Trip Friday is a new occasional series about various historic sites, locations, or other places of genealogical interest. Some posts will feature places in the Franconian settlement area and others will explore places farther afield.
I recently returned from a trip to southern Ohio. Along my routes there and back, I crossed the Miami & Erie Canal. Curious about the canal, on a previous trip I made a stop at New Bremen where the canal runs along highway Ohio 66. There I found another town that has deep German roots.
New Bremen lies in Auglaize County in central eastern Ohio. It’s a comely, small town that was founded in 1833 by “The City of Bremen Society” made up of Bavarian and Hanovarian immigrants who originally had settled in Cincinnati. The society purchased the land where New Bremen lies with the intention of founding a Protestant town.
The Miami & Erie Canal runs through the town. New Bremen’s portion of the canal was completed in 1845. The lockkeeper’s house is now home to the New Bremen Historic Society Museum. “Lock One North” is located adjacent to the museum. Nearby, the oldest bowstring girder bridge in Ohio, constructed in 1864, crosses the canal.
Visitors can also see a reconstructed pioneer cabin.