JUST LIKE OLD TIMES - Blue Fly community home to carriage rivals

Several times through the years I've mentioned the Blue Fly community at the intersection of Ohio 18 and 601, southeast of Norwalk. One reason I do so is that I was born there, though the house is no longer standing. The area takes its name from the large house on the southeast corner, which was known as the Blue Fly Tavern/Hotel during the days of the Milan Canal, when teamsters hauling grain would stop there for refreshment. There were many similar small communities across the country, and each usually had amenities such as a store, blacksmith shop, harness maker or wagon maker. These small industries stayed busy because a farmer who needed repairs done didn't always have time to travel to a larger town. Roads were poor much of the year, and daylight for working outside was limited except in mid-summer.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 24, 2010

 

Several times through the years I've mentioned the Blue Fly community at the intersection of Ohio 18 and 601, southeast of Norwalk. One reason I do so is that I was born there, though the house is no longer standing. The area takes its name from the large house on the southeast corner, which was known as the Blue Fly Tavern/Hotel during the days of the Milan Canal, when teamsters hauling grain would stop there for refreshment.

There were many similar small communities across the country, and each usually had amenities such as a store, blacksmith shop, harness maker or wagon maker. These small industries stayed busy because a farmer who needed repairs done didn't always have time to travel to a larger town. Roads were poor much of the year, and daylight for working outside was limited except in mid-summer.

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