Hardin County Communities

Ada

The Village of Ada is located in the northwest corner of Hardin County and easily accessible by State Routes 81, 235 and 309, plus in close proximity to U.S. Route 30. Founded in 1853 as a lumber site for the early railroad, the village grew with the Pennsylvania Railroad and the founding of Ohio Northern University. With a population of over 5,800, today Ada’s tree-lined downtown features the Ada Railroad Depot & Railroad Park. One of Ohio’s few surviving 19th Century stations, the Depot is the site of many of the village’s festivals and events. Ada includes a variety of shops and restaurants from locally owned to nationally known. 

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Alger

The Village of Alger was established in 1882, incorporated in 1896 and named in honor of Ohio born, Russell A. Alger, the 20th Governor of Michigan.  Accessible by State Routes 235 and 309, the village has a population over 800.  Local attractions in the area include the Alger Marion Township Veteran’s Memorial and historic Hull’s Trail. Alger’s Village Park features outdoor activities and shelter houses. A unique feature is portions of Alger’s Main Street are still paved with bricks. Today the downtown is the location of a manufacturing business, WIWA LP and tasty food served at the 235 Grill.  

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Dunkirk

The Village of Dunkirk was surveyed in 1852 and like many of other villages in Hardin County, the railroad soon followed and the town began to grow. Located in the northern part of Hardin County, Dunkirk is accessible by U.S. Route 68 and State Route 81, with close proximity to U.S. Route 30.  With a population of 875, Dunkirk downtown has a great “hometown” feel featuring tasty treats and local businesses.  Historic attractions in the Dunkirk area include Hog Creek Marsh and Ft. McArthur Cemetery, and recreation in the area includes the Dunkirk Community Park. 

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Forest

The Village of Forest was founded in 1853 and named after its dense woods. Built along the Pennsylvania and Mad River Railroads, this town still has many elements of yesteryear including a historic railroad freight house and log cabin. Accessible by State Route 53 and just south of U.S. Route 30, Forest is a located in the northeast corner of Hardin County.  With a population of 1,400, Forest features the Historic Freight House built in the mid to late 1890's. Today the building serves as home of the village’s library. Recreation in the area includes outdoor activities at Gormley Park, which has a log cabin built in 1903 and will feature a new children's splash pad and beach-swimming pond once approved by the voters. The park is also the site of the annual Tree Town Festival. 

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Kenton

The City of Kenton is located in the center of Hardin County and is the county seat. Named in honor of frontiersman Simon Kenton, the city is located along the Scioto River in northwestern Ohio and is easily accessible by six state and federal highways – U.S. Route 68 and State Routes 53, 67, 31, 309, and 292.  The city has several parks, major retail stores, restaurants and shopping in its historic downtown square, known as the Kenton Historic Courthouse District. This unique square, with the Hardin County Courthouse at its center, hosts many community events, parades and features the Gene Autry Mural Park, Hardin County Armory and Hardin County Sullivan-Johnson Museum.

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McGuffey

The Village of McGuffey was established in 1896 and named after John McGuffey, who during the 1860s first attempted to drain the area’s Scioto Marsh. Once the center of the U.S. onion trade, it was home to the first chartered agricultural workers’ union and one of the largest agricultural worker’s strikes in national history. Located in the western part of Hardin County, McGuffey is accessible by State Route 195 and is close to State Route 309. Today there are no onions grown in the McGuffey area but the land is still rich for grain crops, as well as potatoes and carrots.

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Mt. Victory

The Village of Mount Victory was established in 1851. Its name came from settlers declaring “Victory, Victory – we shall name the town Mount Victory” following Ezra Dilles winning bid on the land sale against a competitor. Accessible by State Routes 31 and 292, Mount Victory is located in the southeast section of Hardin County.  With a population of 625, Mount Victory features the Henry Martin Park & Mural and the Mount Victory Village Park for outdoor activities. With over ten antique and craft shops, the village is a great place to shop for special treasures. In addition, the Plaza Inn Family Restaurant is an award winning and well known family restaurant with great food for dining-in or catering, as well as additional eateries for pizza, sandwiches and frozen treats. Other attractions in Mount Victory include nearby Old Order Amish and the historic Old Sandusky Trail; Wheeler Tavern; and Wolf Creek Art Center.

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Ridgeway

The Village of Ridgeway was surveyed in 1852 and named for an Englishman who owned some 2,000 acres in the Ridgeway area. Accessible by State Route 292, the village is unique because it is divided by Hardin and Logan County lines. Nature enthusiasts can enjoy the nearby 1,035 acre Lawrence Woods State Nature Preserve. The Ridgeway area is also home to a large community of Old Order Amish. Many hanging signs at the end of their lanes designate baked goods/produce/items they sell.

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