Field Trip Friday : New Bremen, Ohio

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.

The Miami & Erie Canal, New Bremen, Ohio.
The Miami & Erie Canal, New Bremen, Ohio.

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.

Ohio Historical Marker: New Bremen and the Miami & Erie Canal, New Bremen, Ohio.
Ohio Historical Marker: New Bremen and the Miami & Erie Canal, New Bremen, Ohio.

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 Lockkeeper's House & Lock One North, New Bremen, Ohio.
The Lockkeeper’s House & Lock One North, New Bremen, Ohio.

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.

The oldest bowstring girder bridge in Ohio, New Bremen.
The oldest bowstring girder bridge in Ohio, New Bremen.

Visitors can also see a reconstructed pioneer cabin.

Pioneer Cabin, New Bremen, Ohio.
Pioneer Cabin, New Bremen, Ohio.

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s