In 1814, Wilbur Cahoon led a group of pioneers to the French Creek, near Lake Erie. They decided to settle at this spot, as the creek could provide them with fresh water and power their sawmills and gristmills. Other businesses began to develop, and a town was born. At first called Xeuma, and later Troy, the town blossomed into an agricultural center. In 1824, Lorain County was created, and the town's name was changed to Avon. Prosperous citizens of the 1850s and 1860s built beautiful homes and buildings. In later years, Avon survived the creation and demise of the trolley and interurban line, the closure of the wineries during prohibition, the draining effects of the Great Depression, and the loss of life in the World Wars. Today, Avon remains strong and continues to grow. Many of her century-old homes still stand in the midst of new developments, as a reminder of Avonites' ongoing tradition of hard work and perseverance, which has made Avon the great place to live that it is today.
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Alten Avon Commons Avon Historical Society Avon Isle Avon Local Schools Avon Senior Avon Village blacksmith brick buggy building built Butler Cahoon CAHOON HOUSE Casper Center Chester Road city of Avon Colorado Avenue corner of Detroit courtesy of Avon courtesy of French courtesy of Jean Creek Development Association dedication Detroit Road Duct Tape farm Fire Station French Creek Development French Creek District gazebo George Wagner greenhouses Gutzman Albert Helen Schatschneider Heritage Square Park Holy Trinity homestead Interstate 90 Jean Fischer Joann John Gutzman John Wagner Julian Street School land left to right Lois Shinko Lorain County Mary's Mathias Alten Mayor James METHODIST CHURCH Mound Cemetery Nagel needlework Northgate Ohio Old Town Hall Peter Schwartz Photograph courtesy picture Pierpont Edwards Quilt Richvalsky Riegelsberger Robert Gates Robert Gates Jr Route 83 Schwartz Road side of Detroit Smith sold south side Stoney Ridge Road Tavern Townshend unidentified Wearsch Weiler Wilbur Cahoon Wilford