Maps

1851 Wellington Township Map
Below is a detail of the 1851 township map, showing the thirty-year old village. So far as I am aware, this is the earliest map of Wellington.

1851 Wellington Twp.png


1852 Plat Map

A very early plat map describing each landowners holdings in great detail. The original map has for many years hung on the wall of the Village Council chamber at the Wellington Town Hall.

1852 Wellington Map


1857 Map of Lorain County, Ohio

This oversized, hanging map–digitized and available through the Library of Congress–contains an inset map in its upper right-hand corner that is the earliest detailed representation of Wellington of which I am aware. An accompanying business and residential directory provides names and addresses that I have often been unable to find anywhere else. The map can be used in conjunction with Archibald Willard’s painting, Village of Wellington, 1857 (available through the digital repository Ohio Memory) created the same year.

1857 Hanging Map detail


1874 Atlas of Lorain County, Ohio
This atlas contains a beautiful color map of the village, and is useful because it includes representations of residential structures. Herrick Memorial Library has a hard copy in its non-circulating local history collection.

1874


1896 Atlas and Directory of Lorain County, Ohio

The image below is a black and white reproduction of a map that appeared in the 1896 atlas in full-color. Herrick Memorial Library has a hard copy in its non-circulating local history collection.

1896 Village Map


Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps (Multiple Years)

Sanborn maps are an extraordinary historical resource. The insurance company compiled detailed drawings of densely populated areas all across the United States as tools for assessing liability risk. They contain an enormous amount of information about commercial, public and residential structures. The Ohio Web Library allows access for research purposes to a collection of black and white digitized maps of Ohio communities. There are forty-three maps of Wellington, dating from October 1884 to April 1949. Note: you will need a valid Ohio library card in order to access this content; you will be asked to provide your card number and verify your library upon sign in.
Sanborn