The legacy of the hardy pioneers who ventured to northern Ohio in the early 1800s and those who followed and strived to make Sheffield's Lake Erie shore and hinterland a wonderful place to live, learn, work, and raise families is depicted in Sheffield Through Time.
It traces architectural styles from Federal, Greek Revival, Italianate, and Victorian to Classical Revival. 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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Kenneth C. Springirth, with a lifelong interest in rail transportation. Born and raised in the United States, he commuted to Drexel Institute of Technology (now Drexel University) in Philadelphia by trolley car, subway, and sometimes commuter train. His father was a trolley car motorman in Philadelphia, and his grandfather was a trolley car motorman in Washington D.C. A detailed researcher, Ken's interest in rail transportation by 2013 has culminated in writing 20 books on trolley car systems and railroads covering a variety of locations.
Publisher: America Through Time
Series: America Through Time
Images: 200 Color
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)