Ashtabula County History Book
We were given a PDF file of scans made of the book "History of Ashtabula County, Ohio, by Williams, W. W." (printed in 1878) by our friends at the Platt R Spencer Historical Society in Geneva. This has been redone so that it is possible to do word searches on your computer, phone or tablet. That will help people find just the exact thing they are looking for in Ashtabula County history between it's founding and 1878. Most computers now have PDF readers on them, which may be built into your Chrome, Firefox or Edge browser. If not you can download a free Adobe Acrobat Reader program from.
This was a HUGE PDF file, since it contained 415 pages, it has been split into 2 parts. Downloading both will take a fairly long time. Please click BELOW to download it.
Once you have it there you can search for any word or phrase by holding down the CTRL key and hitting the F key to Find what you need. You may get any number of items which you can then scroll through until you find what you need. You can also use Ctrl C to copy them to use in an editor to collect all that you want. Once there use Ctrl V to place them where needed.
Become a member and support local history
Join the society and become a member of the team of volunteers and history lovers who are helping us save the stories and historic properties of Ohio's largest county. Memberships start at just $18 a year for individuals. They make great gifts and members receive our newsletters. The form can be downloaded and mailed, along with payment, to:
Ashtabula County Historical Society
P.O. Box 36
Jefferson, Ohio 44047
Phone number: 866-533-3277
Bliss and Tragedy Books now available again
On a bitter cold night in late December, 1876, a passenger train fell into the Ashtabula River gulf, killing nearly 100 passengers and crew and injuring dozens more. It was the worst American rail disaster up to that time.
The second printing of the book "Bliss and Tragedy, The Ashtabula Railway Bridge Accident of 1876 and the Loss of P.P.Bliss" tells the story of this tragedy through a series of essays. The book is edited by the late Dr. Thomas Corts. Cost of this soft cover book (second edition) is $15.00 plus $5.00 shipping.
Purchase in the gift shop of The Lodge and Conference Center at GOTL, pick up at the Jennie Munger Gregory Memorial Museum in GOTL or send a check to:
P.O. box 36,
Jefferson, OH 44047
Officers for the Ashtabula County Historical Society for 2022:
President Greg Kocjancic
Past President Susan Hill
Secretary Amanda Briggs de Lavini
Treasurer & Membership
Giddings law Office: David Martin
Blakeslee Log Cabin: Allen Slater (Chairman)
Dan Hill, Susan Hill
Jennie Munger Museum:
Lynn Cummings, Rhonda Wright, Judy Pallutch
Jennie Munger Gregory and
Rhonda Wright (Chairman/Research) Judy Pallutch Lynn Cummings Susan Hill
ACHS Collection Management
Rhonda Wright, Susan Hill
Barrie Bottorf, Judy Pallutch
Giddings: Dave Martin
Jennie: Rhonda Wright
Blakeslee: Al Slater
Library Helper: Susan Hill
Events/Facebook: Courtney and John Johnson
Blakeslee: Barrie Bottorf , Allen Slater,
Jennie Munger: Judy Pallutch, Lynn Cummings, Rhonda Wright
Bob and Bonnie Thompson
Long Range Planning/Financial Stabilization: Gregory Kocjancic, Susan Hill
Erosion/$75,000 Capital Budget Grant:
Susan Hill and Committee
Lynn Cummings Courtney Johnson
John Johnson Stephanie Blessing
Susan Hill Allen Slater John Wright
Judy Pallutch (Chairman)
Trustees' meetings are now the third Sunday of each month at
Blakeslee Log Cabin at 2pm.
Second oldest Historical Society in Ohio, Since July 17, 1838
Jennie Munger Gregory Memorial Museum ( our research facility) will be open Thursdays from 1 to 4 normally. If you need to visit at a different time please request it below.
The Giddings Law Office and Blakelslee Log Cabin don't have regular hours but you can arrange a visit by filling in the form below or calling 866-533-3277
Log Cabin Days 2022 is now completed and a good time was had by all.
The weather was great on Saturday with blue sky and sunshine all day long. We had many people arrive and had a great time telling about the history of Ashtabula County.
Early Sunday morning was sounding questionable with the pitter patter of rain on my roof. Before all concerned were getting ready to start at noon, just to realize that the rain had stopped. The rest of the afternoon was cloudy but dry. Then when 5:00 PM ended the display day and clean up was near completion a slight drizzle started, just as the last few people left. So how perfect can a weekend be?