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Early History of Rushville

Updated: Jan 1, 2023

A brief history of the early settlement of Rushville taken from the Lancaster Eagle Gazette's Sesquicentennial edition published in 1950. Mentions the founding of the village in 1808 by Joseph Turner, early tobacco farming, the Underground Railroad, Benjamin Hanby and the writing of "Darling Nelly Grey".


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Sam F
Sam F
Oct 31, 2022

This is neat, thanks for the post! So I heard through the grapevine there used to be a grain mill on my property and have slowly been trying to find info to no avail. Any recommendations - start at the library?

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Matthew Schweitzer
Matthew Schweitzer
Oct 31, 2022
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The Fairfield County District Library has a great historical reference collection with a ton of info, but it can take time to find what you are looking for. There might be some information you can find there. You can also check the County Records office to look at old deeds. They often don't contain info about houses or buildings, but occasionally they will mention things like mills or businesses. Old newspapers are where a lot of those details are found, but is really tough to track down that info since it can be buried somewhere in 200 years of news. Old copies of the Eagle Gazette are on microfilm at the library and you might be able to find somethin…

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