The history and contemporary realities of Williams County, Ohio

Are you eager to know the history of your home county? Maybe your grandparents come from there and you would like to know your roots? Are you just a state visitor who wishes to explore the area? Either way, we have something interesting for you to tell. In this short overview, we are going to satisfy your historical interest in the county, guide you through the unique local places, and tell you a bit about the current status of CBD products.

Williams County History

The Williams County creation dates back to 1280 when the Ohio government announced the county establishment. The newly created administrative region was named after David Williams. This person helped the state forces to capture the British officer and spy Jean Andre, who was trying to cooperate with the American betrayer Benedict Arnold to give up the West Point to the British army.

Later, the country became a disputed territory between Ohio and Michigan, but now it is part of Ohio state. The county has borders with Michigan and Indiana and is one of the most rural Ohio areas: only one percent of the whole Williams County is urban and hosts the majority of the local population. The overall population of the area is about 40,000 people with over 8,000 living in Bryan, the largest Williams County community. People from this region tend to move to bigger cities of Ohio, so there was no significant population growth in the last decades. The only noticeable six percent growth was noted in the 1990s.

The majority of the Williams County residents work in agriculture, the other popular job spheres include goods production, retail, and service sphere. Local people try to use all the means available to them to make money as the country is not very rich, with almost seven percent of people living below the poverty level.

Must-visit spots to see in Williams County

First of all, we advise you to visit the Hay Jay School House which is situated on County Road 8 and does not look like a school now. The history behind this building dates back to the beginning of the 20th century when a small one-room school was established. It was named after Hay Jay, a tiny town that does not exist nowadays, and became a study place for local children for the next half a century.

After the school was closed in 1957, local people purchased as many of its belongings as they managed to preserve this historical spot. Later, the Historical Society of the county bought the building, and many school graduates began its renovation. Why did they do it? The answer is simple: to let the next generation know where they once got their primary and secondary education. Thanks to this one-room building where older students taught younger ones, Williams County residents got the chance to become who they are: scientists, essay writer, teachers, doctors, and retailers. Thus, it is a place symbolizing intellectual talents, ambitions, and striving for a better future today, so we recommend visiting it to everyone who comes to Ohio.

The second spot for you to see is Hopewell Indian Mounds near Chillicothe, Ohio. This territory is operated by the National Park Service since the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park is situated here. This land comprises 23 mounds of different heights and is the proof of Hopewell Culture's existence. It is believed that a group of Native Americans lived there within 200 BC and 500 AD and was quite a dynamic and well-developed community as of that time. These people kept contact with other ancient culture representatives, invented mica, obsidian, found shark teeth and copper, and used them for their needs. Also, this community had their own belief system, as well as economic and political relations with other ancient people living on the territory that belongs to the US now.

CBD laws status in Ohio

As we mentioned earlier, a large portion of the Ohio population is engaged in the agricultural sphere. That is the reason why adoption of CBD laws that allow industrial growth of cannabis could bring a lot of benefits to the state: increasing the number of working places, raising the state economy, and widening the people’s awareness about CBD cigarettes and other products enriched with the hemp oil.

Before we take a look at the local legislation, we cannot miss mentioning the Farm Bill of 2018 allowing the production of industrial hemp on the United States territory. In 2019, Ohio state passed Senate Bill 57 which decriminalized hemp and set up a framework for licensed hemp cultivation.

Now, growing, selling, and consuming CBD and other products is legal in Ohio. You can buy the best CBD cigarettes, coffee, gummies, and oils in the state without any problems with the law unless the THC level of your purchased item is higher than 0.3%. CBD oil is sold in the specific shops in large Ohio cities, as well as online and in drug stores.

Yet the CBD manufacturers who want to grow and process hemp in Ohio must get the license for their activities, while the purchasing and selling of CBD are allowed without a license, according to Williams County health department

Besides the free retail and purchase of CBD, Ohio went far in approving medical marijuana. It happened even earlier than CBD adoption: the state legislature passed the respective law in 2016, and since then many licensed medical canabinoid dispensaries have been operating in Ohio. 

As you can see, Ohio is a quite distinctive destination to visit in the USA, although it does not seem to be that exciting at the first sight. Just imagine coming to the rural Williams County full of historical spots and legalized substances to get some inspiration for new books and papers! Isn’t what every essay writer dreams of?

Bringing Williams County History Alive for 60 Years!

Welcome to the new website for the Williams County Historical Society! Our web redesign is a work in progress, so please bear with us.

We reopen for the 2016 season this Sunday, May 1st at our Opening Tea event, and then resume normal open hours of Monday – Thursday, 1-4 pm until October. Come and join us! You can call us for information at 419.485.8200.

We are unveiling a very exciting new featHeadphonesure at the WCHS museum this season, our eExhibits! Our new enhanced exhibits will feature audio clips and other media related to specific pieces which you will be able to access directly from your smartphone or other internet-enabled device while you navigate the museum. IMG_1494-001The eExhibits feature knowledgable voices and personalities sharing information and stories that will expand upon what you could learn from simply viewing items. We hope you enjoy this new feature! Be sure to leave us lots of feedback so we can continue to make the museum relevant and engaging for all!