Canal Winchester, Oh

Henry Dove brought his family to this fertile area from Virginia in the first years of the 19th century. He was granted the 160-acre quarter section that would become Canal Winchester by the Chillicothe Land Office on October 1, 1811. He began to clear the wooded land, building a log cabin on the site of what is now 15 East Columbus Street. In 1821 (before his death in 1850), Henry Dove divided his land between his sons, Reuben and Jacob. Jacob sold his land to John Coleman in 1824.

         Winchester flourished because of the twin industries of agriculture and transportation. The rich soil of Violet and Madison Townships allowed the farmers to grow excess grain that could be sold, creating an agriculturally based economy in the area. The Ohio & Erie Canal brought passengers, freight, and a means to transport grain to market. The Village itself developed to provide the goods, services, and social opportunities for the people in the surrounding area. The businesses along High and Waterloo Streets prospered as they met most of the needs of the farmers, their families, and the townspeople.

       The first canal boat floated through Winchester in 1831. In the early and mid 19th century, the village had stagecoach service. The railroad came to Canal Winchester in 1869, bringing continued prosperity. In 1904, interurban service brought a public rapid transit system to the Canal Winchester area. Today, U. S. Route 33 keeps the area viable.

       When the post office was established in 1841, the village name was changed to Canal Winchester since there were five other towns named Winchester in Ohio at the time. The village was annexed into Madison Township, Franklin County, in 1851. On May 31, 1866, the Ohio Secretary of State granted incorporation papers for the Village of Canal Winchester. Unlike some former canal towns, Canal Winchester has continued to grow and prosper. The population in 1850 was 350; in 2000 it was 4,478.

Today, Canal Pointe Industry and Commerce Park is a growing industrial and office park located just 15 minutes southeast of downtown Columbus at the US Route 33 and Diley Road interchange. The park’s prime location provides great access to all of Central and Southeast Ohio, and proves beneficial to businesses that seek to serve customers around the country and around the world. 

Shovel-ready sites from 1 to 50 acres are available to serve a variety of business platforms. The City of Canal Winchester offers attractive incentives and quality services to meet any businesses needs. Contact us to learn more about the advantages Canal Pointe can offer your business.

Canal Winchester Economic Development

  • Promote the growth of business, working with other public team members such as the 33 Alliance
  • Seek to assist established companies to retain local jobs
  • Provide economic information and technical assistance required by investors
  • Provide technical support and assistance to firms seeking to expand into or relocate to the city
  • Provide economic information and technical assistance required by investors.

The Development Department's mission is to provide a progressive, responsive, clear, and timely development process that focuses on protecting the public interest and results in a balanced, sustainable community that will allow the residents and businesses of Canal Winchester to prosper.



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