Welcome to the official web site
for the Village of Fredericktown, Ohio. As you take a virtual
stroll through our community, you will see some of the reasons
the people of Fredericktown take great pride in their community,
and visitors are always welcome.
While you are here, please click on the links located along
the top of this page to visit some of the areas sites of
interest. You can visit some of our businesses, catch up on current
events and view our new $29,000,000 school facility that is home
to grades K-12, all under one roof. It doesnt just look
good, our school district has received the designation of Excellence
by the state of Ohio for three years; and our elementary was
honored as a national Blue Ribbon School in 2010, one of only
14 in Ohio that year.
The Fredericktown Community Development Foundation
is poised to assist new and existing businesses to locate and
expand in our "agurban" community. We have shovel-ready
sites in our industrial park, an abundance of water, an additional
soon-to-be-completed water tower to better serve the community,
easy access to Interstate 71 via State Routes 95 and 13, and
an established organization with a clear vision for economic
development. The Fredericktown community has efficient governments
within the village as well in the adjacent
townships. The work force is highly qualified with a good mix
of professionals and skilled laborers. Active civic groups and
excellent schools all enhance the quality of life in our rural,
but close to the city, community. We work hand in hand with the
Knox County Area Development
Foundation to meet the needs of the current and future business
and industrial community.
We are the home of the Fredericktown Freddies
where most of the community turns out on game night to support
the teams. For more information, visit Fredericktown
Photos Courtesy of Dr. M. Bradley Smith &
The people of Fredericktown take great pride in their community
and its history. Their community spirit is reflected along our
streets, our parks and in some of the buildings and structures.
One source of pride is the bandstand, built on the village square
in 1987, it was actually built in one day through the efforts
of civic groups, village officials, area organizations and private
individuals. The project, including funding, was completed in
10 weeks from inception to completion.
The community is also proud to be the home of the FFA Jacket,
which is now recognized as the official apparel of FFA students
nationwide. The jacket was first worn at the 1933 national FFA
convention by local youth. FFA is still going strong in Fredericktown,
and we are very proud to be home to the famous jacket.
The Fredericktown Historical Society
Museum has preserved much of the communitys heritage,
including the building in which it is housed. The building was
build in 1828 and served for many years as the United Methodist
Church, and later the communitys public library. The museum
is home of many kinds of memoribilia throughout the communitys
An important piece of Fredericktown's history
made its way back to the community in 2007. The Webb C. Ball
(1847 to 1922) was a native of Fredericktown who went on to become
the first jeweler in Cleveland to use the service of the Naval
Observatory in Washington. He is also credited with bringing
the first chronometer to Cleveland which he displayed in his
store window. Thats where people stopped to set their watches,
and where the phrase Balls Time and On
the Ball, came to mean the absolute correct time all over
Northern Ohio. In 1891, Ball was appointed Chief Examiner of
Watches for The Cleveland and Pittsburgh Division of the Pennsylvania
Railroad and created an inspection system of checking the watches
of railroad workers that eventually encompassed 75 percent of
the railroads throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Balls
clock stood for more than 100 years on the sidewalk in front
of his jewelry store on Euclid Ave., in Cleveland. To read how
the sidewalk clock came to became part of Fredericktowns
history see Fredericktown Historical Society
Fredericktown is extremely proud of its 130
acres of community parks offering activities almost year round.
Recreation District Education and Nature Center is home to
the park office, and includes two miles of trails throughout
57 acres of woods, complete with wild life and scenery. There
are baseball diamonds, picnic facilties and a lake for swimming.
The village recently purchased the old B&O railroad path
that runs from one side of town to the other. Plans are to create
an asphalt trail for bicycles and pedestrians. The park district
also received a donation of nine acres of wetlands within the
village that will become a nature preserve with species and plants
indigenous to wetland areas.
The Kokosing River offers fishing, boating and camping.
Lake, a short drive from the village, is well known as a
fisherman's paradise, including some record size bass. The Kokosing
Reservoir is a five minute drive from Fredericktown, offering
boating, fishing and camping facilities. Close by are many recreational
activities such as a nine hole golf course, walking and bike
trails, softball, baseball, bowling, tennis, basketball, ski
resorts and more. Our central location allows close proximity
to Columbus, just 50 minutes away, for a vast array of college
and professional sports, theater, shopping and special events.
Fredericktown has been home to the annual Fredericktown
Tomato Show each September for 36 years. The four-day event
includes a 5-mile race, food, contests, games and entertainment
by some of the top bands in the area.
Senior citizens can visit the Fredericktown
Senior Activity Center weekdays for TV, games, cards, crafts
or visiting. Once each month, seniors gather for a potluck lunch
Social activity groups include 4-H, Lions Club, Masonic
Lodge, Eastern Star, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Senior Citizens,
Garden and Mothers Clubs. Visit our Community
The Fredericktown Community
Library, constructed in 1995 by community volunteers, is
a excellent resource for knowledge and entertainment. The Library
has a large selection of children's books and tapes, thousands
of reading and visual materials, Internet access, and offers
special programs of interest to the community. Over 300 volunteers
worked on the construction of the building, 180 persons provided
food for the workers and a father and son team moved 48 pickup
truck loads of books from the old library to the new facility.
A total of over 800 area residents contributed money, labor and
food to complete this testimonial to community spirit and pride.
Fredericktown is governed by a mayor, village administrator and
six councilmembers, and a local police force, all of whom are
committed to serving residents with an excellent water supply,
good streets and safe neighborhoods.
The local economy is supported by business and industry
with products and services covering a broad spectrum. Several
industries have operated in the community for more than 100 years.
The Knox County Citizen has published a weekly
community newspaper since 1922, but Fredericktown has supported
a weekly community newspaper under several different names since
1845. The Mount Vernon News publishes a daily newspaper
in Knox County.
A community development group has been working toward expanding
our business and industrial base since the 1980s with positive
results. Fredericktown has both large and small industries and
several smaller companies, Kokosing Construction Co., Dana Corporation
and FT Precision are located here because of a strong workforce
ethic and easy access to I-71 via State Routes 95 and 13. Visit
the FCDF and Business
A second community foundation, the Community
Foundation of Fredericktown, serves another purpose in the
community, providing our high school seniors with scholarship
opportunities for local young people, as well as other community
building activities. About one-half of the scholarships are fully
sponsored and self-funded in memory of, or in honor of, individuals
who have made significant contributions to the overall quality
of life in the Fredericktown Community.
The foundation's fundraiser for the last two years has
been the Blast in the Park 5K Race on the Fourth of July. The
group also sells legacy bricks which are laid around the community
bandstand on the square. Visit Community
Foundation of Fredericktown.
The Fredericktown community is home to one of the larger
Amish communities in Ohio. Beginning in Middlebury Township,
just northwest of the village, the settlement extends into Morrow
and Richland counties. This settlement is a conservative Old
Order Amish community. They meet in their homes for church services
in church districts composed of nearly neighbors.
Several one-room schools dot the landscape where children
attend through eighth grade, usually to age 14.
Neat well-kept homesteads dot the landscape of Middlebury
Township. Even though agriculture is very basic to their heritage,
they farm using horses, economics has encouraged them to take
on other business opportunities. The rural setting hosts machine
shops, engine repair shops, shoe stores, window stores, clothing
(alterations, hunting and fabric), bakeries, quilt sales, bulk
food stores, harness shops, farriers and contractors who build
everything from pole barns to houses.
Wood related business range from timbering with horses,
to pallet making to cabinet making to furniture manufacturing
and everything in between.
The Owl Creek Produce Auction was established in 2005 to
create a way for fresh, local product to move into the Central
Ohio food channels.The auction attracts buyers from Columbus
to Cleveland, and provides produce for three auctions per week
(Monday, Wednesday and Friday) during the peek growing season
beginning in June; two days per week beginning in Mid-October;
and one day a week throughout the winter months to sell hay,
straw, eggs and other baked and preserved products.
A special benefit auction is held the second Saturday of
August when all kinds of Amish-made items, including furniture,
quilts and more are sold.
Amish buggies are a common site in the village of Fredericktown,
horses tied to hitching posts at the grocery store and doctor's
office. "English" automobiles are often seen at Amish
businesses acquiring goods or services locally, just as they
shop our stores. The Fredericktown community benefits by our
quiet neighbors who happen to live and dress a little differently,
and choose to live without electricity or cars. They also do
NOT appreciate being photographed.
There is also a large population of Mennonites in the Fredericktown
area. The main difference between Amish and Mennonites is the
Amish resistance to modern technology like cars and electricity.
Amish dress in very traditional, usually black, clothing and
live in tight knit communities. The Mennonites on the other hand
dress in plain clothes and have no problems using technology
nor separating from the outside world.
There are many family farms in this area, several families
have been farming the same land for over 100 years. There are
also several small commercial farms in Fredericktown. Fredericktown
farmers work closely with Ohio State University Extension Services
to learn Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). Organic and natural
farming is thriving in Fredericktown and many are finding their
niche in the local marketplace by providing excellent quality
produce, fruit, meat, eggs, poultry, pork and farm fresh value-added
products like cheese, animal feed and jarred products.
In Fredericktown agribusiness is big business. The main
crops are corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa; livestock: cattle,
sheep, dairy, llamas and goats, Some of businesses serving area
farmers including LeveAgriman,
B&B Farm Supply, Grubb Feed & Supply, Fredericktown Veterinary
Clinic, Dee Jays Custom Butchering, and Movers & Schuckers
Fredericktown has the security and flavor of a small town.
Blended with an innovative and progressive attitude, the result
is an environment where the people take great pride in their
homes, school, and in the community. It is a strong tradition
of progressiveness and resolute spirit that prompts the people
to work toward the development of an even better community in
which to live and work. This spirit is best illustrated in the
slogan that has become our philosophy..... It Can Be Done
In A Small Town.