Historical figures have local ties

| July 23, 2013

COSHOCTON – Four of the five historical figures being portrayed at Ohio Chautauqua July 23-27, at the fairgrounds have ties to Coshocton County.

Johnny Appleseed planted two orchards in the county and there is a monument to him. “Fighting” Bill Reed, who served with Oliver Hazard Perry, is buried at Plainfield Cemetery. Chief Logan captured William Robinson, and there is a story about it in Hills History of Coshocton County. William York, slave on Lewis-Clark expedition, could be tied into Coshocton County with the Underground Railroad.

Perry will be portrayed this evening and more can be learned about Logan on Wednesday, York on Friday and Appleseed on Saturday. All performances are free and start at 7:30 p.m. but attendees are encouraged to come enjoy live music at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, there also will be a presentation on Margaret Blennerhassett.

Be sure to read local historian Margaret Lowe’s columns on these local ties in this week and next week’s edition of The Beacon.

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