Church of Aurora

Aurora, Ohio 1872 The original church was Congregational, formed in 1809, shortly after Aurora was founded. In 1913 the Disciples Church joined the Congregationalists and in 1933 the combined church was renamed the Church of Aurora. It now has members from over 40 different Christian denominations. The church is located on a hillside, with a large sloping lawn in front, at the main intersection of... read more

St. Peter of the Fields

Rootstown, Ohio 1868 The church is beautifully situated on a small hillside at the bend of a country road. Eighteen German immigrant families built the church, which was originally a mission parish of St. Joseph’s in Randolph. The two-room building dedicated one room for services and the other for catechism classes taught in German. The stained glass windows and stations of the cross were added... read more

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

Randolph, Ohio 1904 The parish was formed in 1829, by German Catholic farmers who settled in southern Portage County. A cemetery and a grotto form part of the extensive grounds. The ornate interior has beautiful stained glass windows and statuary. The church is located on a country road, surrounded by farm country. Architectural Style: Romanesque Address: 2643 Waterloo Road, Randolph,... read more

Mantua Center Christian Church

Mantua Center, Ohio 1839-40 According to a sign at the church, this is the oldest Disciples of Christ church in Ohio. James Garfield spoke here. The basement was added in 1871, and the edifice has received two separate additions. The church is part of a small historic district also containing a civic center, a private home, a park, and a cemetery. The cemetery has graves of Revolutionary War veterans,... read more

Hiram Chrsitian Church

Hiram, Ohio 1906 The history of this church is intertwined with the formation of Hiram College. The Disciples of Christ founded the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute in 1850 as a preparatory school for both men and women. A noted alumnus of the school was James Garfield, who was a student at the Institute from 1851 to 1853, and later returned as a teacher and then principal of the Institute. The ... read more

First Congregational Church

Freedom, Ohio 1843-45 The congregation which built the church consisted mainly of settlers from new England who were descendants of the Pilgrims. They organized the church in 1828 and met in a school house until the church was completed in 1845. A local contractor, Ralph W. Shepard, won a competition to design and build the church. Local legend tells that one dedicated early parishioner rode an ox... read more

Atwater Congregational Church

Atwater, Ohio 1841 The congregation which built the church was formed in 1818. The church dominates the public green which also contains a cemetery and a town hall. Architecturally, the church resembles many New England churches of the colonial and federal periods. However, the pointed windows show the influence of gothic style, which was beginning to have a revival at the time the church was... read more