Wayne County Civil War Roundtable Program, free and open to the public in the Wooster Branch of the Wayne County Public Libraries Mar. 19, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - continuing with quality programs! Thank you to our CWRT Members, the Wayne County Libraries, and Gasbarre & Assoc. Surveyors for being sponsors of our WC CWRT!!
We are breaking with the tradition of American Civil War programs this month and will be learning about the “namesake” of our city, Gen. David Wooster. We are honored to have local historian and reenactor, Jason Anderson, history teacher at Archbishop Hoban High School, present the program. Anderson recently completed a Master’s Thesis studying about Gen. Wooster and has portrayed the General on several occasions.
After the American Revolution, veterans were given land in the Ohio Territory as payment for their service. Those whose homes were destroyed in Connecticut also came west to settle in the "Firelands" - also known as the Western Reserve of the colonial claims of Connecticut. Wayne County, Ohio was established in 1808. The county seat of Wooster was also established in 1808. Of the first 31 counties in Ohio, 14 of them were named for men involved in the Revolution (generals, naval commanders or politicians). Many mensettled in Wayne County following the Revolution. Some came from New Haven, Gen. Wooster's home town. Others fought in regiments he commanded during the war. These men, together, saw the great importance of Gen. Wooster and honored him and his contributions to America by naming the county seat of Wayne County, Ohio, after him. Of the 88 counties in Ohio, only 6 have county seats named for general officers of the Revolution.
We look forward to creating the nation’s first bronze statue to commemorate the life of Major-General David Wooster. This life size statue will serve as an educational tool for all visitors of the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster. The statue campaign is currently underway and is seeking financial support from Wayne County citizens to install this piece of American and Wayne County history right here in our hometown.