Chardon Ohio is approximately 35 miles southeast of downtown Cleveland. It is also the county seat of Geauga County which is located in northeast Ohio.
It was founded in 1808 by declaration of the Ohio General Assembly when they chose an unpopulated wilderness on a hill for the county seat.
The sum total of $400.00 purchased land for the town plat from absentee owner and Boston entrepreneur Peter Chardon Brooks, after whom the village was named.
However, it was not until 1810 that it finally received its name - Chardon, winning out over other contenders like: Brookfield, Brookville, Marshall, and Chardonia.
Patterned after other typical New England-style towns, the Village has a town square and village green.
This area was originally home to the most important community institutions, including the courthouse and town hall, churches, and schools.
On July 24, 1868, a fire on Main Street destroyed the courthouse, the post office, the library and several other buildings.
Undaunted by this tragedy, the county commissioners and town residents rebuilt Main Street along with a new (the current) courthouse.
When the 2000 census figure showed that the population exceeded 5,000, the Village automatically became the City of Chardon on April 29, 2001. Thus it is the first and only incorporated municipality in Geauga County.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau, the City has a population of 5,156.
Located in the traditional "snow belt" of Ohio, according to the National Climatic Data Center it actually holds the dubious title of "snowiest city in Ohio" and the fifth "snowiest" in the nation!
Chardon has also become recognized as the center of Ohio’s maple syrup industry and is home to the great Geauga County Maple Festival.
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