The city, planned around what is now Lake Anna, had a complex array of streets for homes, churches, schools and commercial business districts. Founded at a time when Ohio was bustling with growth from the Industrial Revolution, Barberton quickly became an important industrial center of Northeast Ohio.
This Walking Tour combines three of central Barberton's most interesting and history-filled areas: the Lake Anna Neighborhood, the Downtown Commercial District, and the Diamond Match Industrial District.
Learn more about the Barberton Historical Society on their website.
The city of Barberton has a history that is unique among Ohio cities. It was established in 1891, at the height of the state's industrial development, as a planned industrial community.