A way for our visitors to help ACHS

Since many of our pages here have been the same for many years we have decided to ask our visitors to help with any stories or other information about the history (NOT genealogy please) of Ashtabula County, Ohio. Please make sure that anything you wish to send us is about something more than 100 years old, particularly from the 1800's or before.

This has already happened, since a visitor living in Rome Township emailed me to say that his mother (or grandmother?) had written a book about the township she lives in and is so proud of. This was put into the Rome Township page as soon as it was ready. I'd be glad to get any other articles about YOUR township, village or city to consider! Please email any different information you have from the Contact page. It may take some time for us to review it and place it in the right place on the website. We will be glad to notify contributors when their item(s) are published to the ACHS website, and which page it is on.

Thank you, Ted Quick  ACHS Webmaster

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

ACHS Collection Management

ACHS Collection Management

Rhonda Wright, Suan Hill

Barrie Bottorf

Judy Pallutch

Giddings Law Office

David Martin (Chairman)

Blakeslee Log Cabin

Allen Slater (Chairman)

Dan Hill

Susan Hill

Nominating Committee

Judy Pallutch  (Chairman) ​


Susan Hill

ACHS Headquarters 

Rhonda Wright (Chairman/Research)

Judy Pallutch

Lynn Cummings

Susan Hill

Jennie Munger Gregory and

Officers for the Ashtabula County Historical Society for 2020:

     President Greg Kocjancic            

Vice President

  Rhonda Wright 

Past President Susan Hill

Secretary Amanda Briggs de Lavini

Treasurer & Membership

Courtney Johnson


Museum Chairpersons:

Giddings law Office: Dave Martin

Blakeslee Log Cabin: Allen Slater

Jennie Munger Museum: 

Lynn Cummings, Rhonda Wright, Judy Pallutch 

Committee Chairmen

Library Helper: Susan Hill

Events/Facebook: Courtney and John Johnson

Blakeslee: Barrie Bottorf , Allen Slater, Dan Hill

Jennie Munger: Judy Pallutch, Lynn Cummings, Rhonda Wright

UELN Partnership: Bob and Bonnie Thompson

Long Range Planning/Financial Stabilization: Gregory Kocjancic, Susan Hill, 


 Lynn Cummings      Courtney Johnson

​John Johnson         Stephanie Blessing

       Susan Hill             Allen Slater        John Wright  





Trustees' meetings are now the third Sunday of each month at

Blakeslee Log Cabin at 2pm.

Email: ashcohs@gmail.com

Website: http://www.ashtcohs.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ashtcoh

Century Home Program

  John Johnson,

  Courtney Johnson, 

  Amanda Briggs de Laviini,

  David Martin 

  and Susan Hill


Giddings: Dave Martin; 

Jennie: Rhonda Wright

Blakeslee: Al Slater

Advisory Committee

    Judy Pallutch, 

    Ted Quick


    Olivia Beeb and Susan Hill    

Erosion/$75,000 Capital Budget Grant:

    Gregory Kocjancic, 

    Susan Hill and Committee        

That's 1 mile north of I-90 on Rt 11, turn left over bridge.

Log Cabin Days

is back again

September 10 & 11, 2022

12pm (noon) to 5pm

And we need you!

As a local artisan, your involvement in Log Cabin Days is essential- we invite you to participate in this wonderful historic festival! There is no charge to participate and we encourage you to show your crafts or other products, and demonstrate your art as desired! If you have an alpaca to walk around that would be great too!

Setup is from 9am to 11:30am on Saturday. This year there is a change and shelter is NOT provided. All vendors must please bring their own canopy, tables and chairs. We have pop-up canopies for you to borrow if you do not have something - let us know.

If you'd like to join us this year, please call Stephanie Blessing (304) 561-4575 OR fill & click the form below as soon as possible. Please tell us what you will bring in the "Notes" box

Second oldest Historical Society in Ohio, Since July 17, 1838

Log Cabin Days Registration


Since Covid health concerns have been reduce to manageable levels this year we are returning to the schedule of earlier years. 

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

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