Introduction to Canal Fulton, Ohio
Canal Fulton History
In the early 1800s, the Village of Milan was established and in 1825, plans were made to create a canal which would connect the Ohio River and Lake Erie. Following the construction of the Ohio-Erie Canalway, 25 new villages were created, one of which was Fulton. According to one tradition, the community was named in honor of Robert Fulton who invented the steamboat. However, others claim that it was named after an early settler, Ben Fulton. William Christmas and James Lathrop laid out the village on May 16th, 1826. The first post office was established four years later, and in 1832, the community was officially named "Canal Fulton." In 1853, the villages of West Fulton and Milan merged with Canal Fulton, and the community was officially incorporated the same year. Canalling and coal mining were the two main commercial ventures of the village.
Canal Fulton and Nearby Attractions
- Heritage House and Old Canal Days Museum
- Akron Art Museum
- Oberlin House
- Akron Zoo
- Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Things To Do In Canal Fulton
The Heritage House & Old Canal Days Museum, which is located in Canal Fulton, houses various artifacts and memorabilia dating back to the canal era. Canal Fulton Canoe Livery offers opportunities for canoeing and primitive camping. The Oberlin House, a mid-19th century structure, is a place of historic interest which currently operates as a living history museum. The St. Helena III, a replica freighter created in the late 1980s, takes visitors on a cruise along a portion of the Ohio-Erie Canal. Akron Art Museum, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, MAPS Air Museum, First Ladies Historic Site, Canton Classic Car Museum and Haines House Underground Railroad Museum are some of the other museums near Canal Fulton. The 33,000-acre Cuyahoga Valley National Park features biking and hiking trails, as well as collections of flora and fauna. Geauga Lake Family Amusement Park, Akron Zoo, Gorge Metropolitan Park and Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens are among the other popular attractions in the area. In addition, residents of the village celebrate the annual Yankee Peddler Festival and Olde Canal Days Festival.
Canal Fulton Transportation
The closest major airport is Akron-Canton Regional Airport.
Canal Fulton Higher Education
Kent State University - Stark, Malone College, Stark State College of Technology and Walsh University are some of the colleges near Canal Fulton.