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Chardon, Ohio

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After the Chardon Fire.
Chardon Courthouse.

Chardon is named after Peter Chardon Brooks, who donated land to build the historic Chardon Square. The first house, a double log cabin, was built in March of 1812 by Norman Canfield from Litchfield, Herkimer, New York. Captain Edward Paine Jr. came with his family in 1812. Later that same year, Samuel King brought his family from Long Meadow, Massachusetts. Samuel was the first adult to die in Chardon on 6 Feb 1817.

On July 24–25, 1868, a massive fire totally destroyed the center of downtown, the area now known as Chardon Square. The fire originated in the Parlin Parkin's grocery store, and spread rapidly. By the time the fire was contained, the courthouse, post office, and many stores on the square were destroyed.


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