Why we love Stark | Lake Township

There’s just something about Lake Township that brings to mind a simpler, quieter, old-fashioned time. This growing area between Canton and Akron draws busloads of tourists to its well-known Hartville MarketPlace and Flea Market and Hartville Kitchen.

There’s just something about Lake Township that brings to mind a simpler, quieter, old-fashioned time. This growing area between Canton and Akron draws busloads of tourists to its well-known Hartville MarketPlace and Flea Market and Hartville Kitchen.

Small, quaint shops in downtown Hartville offer unique shopping opportunities, yet you can find some bigger chain stores and restaurants right down the road.

The township once was a part of Plain Township, but came to stand on its own in 1816.

The first business areas were Greentown and Uniontown. Later came Hartville, founded as a largely Mennonite community in 1851, and Cairo and Aultman. The introduction of railroads made Uniontown, Hartville and Greentown centers of commerce and industry, each with its own post office, general store and blacksmith shop.

Cleveland Avenue became the first brick road to connect the communities, just before World War II. The street today is dotted with charming antiques shops.

Today, new homes sprout up every day in farm fields, yet the agricultural community remains as well. Hartville is known for its migrant Hispanic population that arrives each summer to work the farms.

“WHY I LOVE LAKE TOWNSHIP”

BY JEFF DURBIN, LAKE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COACH
My wife, Teresa, and I have made Lake Township our home for the past 32 years — and the place we chose to raise our three children. There is something special about living in a community where the people know and care about each other, where local businesses actively are involved in supporting schools and area organizations, and where generosity and kindness consistently are demonstrated for people in need.

Unique stores, historic places, chocolate, homemade cooking and friendly people all come to mind when we think of Lake.

We love living in this bedroom community where strong Christian values, excellent schools and a friendly environment make Lake a great place for families. We enjoy how the community has a “down-home country feel,” yet provides access to attractions and entertainment throughout Northeast Ohio.

Finally, I appreciate the enthusiasm the community has for Blue Streak football on a Friday night!

POPULATION 25,789
MEDIAN VALUE, OWNER-OCCUPIED HOUSING UNITS $165,355
MEDIAN AGE 39.1
MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME $67,236
AVERAGE TRAVEL TIME TO WORK: 27 MINUTES
NUMBER OF COLLEGE GRADUATES (ASSOCIATE DEGREE OR HIGHER) 5,813

INSIDER SCOOP ON LAKE TOWNSHIP

CLAIM TO FAME: “Growing Season: The Life of a Migrant Community,” a beautiful book of photos by Gary Harwood, features migrant workers at the K.W. Zellers and Son family farm in Hartville during the summer of 2001.

BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW… The Hartville Hotel (now known as the Pantry) is the oldest-standing structure in the Hartville. Located on the north side of the square, the building was originally built in 1829.

PARTY OF THE YEAR: You know it’s a party when 30,000 people are coming to town. It’s a bargain hunter’s heaven at the Hartville Flea Market on Memorial Day and Labor Day. Driving through town on those days? Plan to sit a while. More than 1,000 vendors and 30,000 customers usually turn out for those days.

FAMOUS SONS AND DAUGHTERS: Andrew Wellington Cordier (United Nations official and president of Columbia University),
Doug Dearth (Hollywood producer/director)

LAKE TOWNSHIP AREA FAVORITES

HARTVILLE MARKETPLACE AND FLEA MARKET 1289 Edison St.NW, Lake Township 330-877-9860
The MarketPlace is a 100,000-square-foot, two-story building that has more than 110 shops featuring items ranging from fresh meat, cheese and produce to books, clothing, candles, floral arrangements, handcrafted jewelry, sports memorabilia, toys and more. The Flea Market is behind the MarketPlace building, which contains 200 covered-pavilion vendor spaces and 800 blacktop
vendor spaces with bargains year-round. Note that it is open only Mondays, and Thursdays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

QUAIL HOLLOW STATE PARK 13480 Congress Lake Ave. NE, Lake Township 330-877-6652
Picnic, fish, tour the historic 40-room H.B. Stewart Manor House and Herb Garden, visit the Carriage House Nature Center, or
attend a naturalist-led program at Quail Hollow State Park. The park has 14 miles of hiking trails and a five-mile bridle trail and four-mile mountain bike trail.

Don’t miss the Herbal Society’s annual plant sale with more than 150 varieties of culinary and decorative herbs and flowering plants May 7 and 8.

THE VARSITY DINER 13367 Cleveland Ave.NW, Lake Township 330-699-DINE (3463)
They call it “Happy Days in Uniontown.” Enjoy the atmosphere and food of a 1950s after-school hangout, right down to the jukebox. Leather jackets optional.

HARTVILLE CHOCOLATE FACTORY 114 S. Prospect Ave., Hartville 330-877-1999
A unique, old-fashioned candy store that features its own handmade chocolates, including a large selection of sugar-free items. Generous ice cream cones are available in warm weather. Also available are cookie cutters, Gund and Ty bears, gourmet foods, Jim Shore collectibles, candles and candy-making supplies.

MAIZE VALLEY WINERY 6193 Edison St. NE, Marlboro Township 330-877-8344
Guests can taste their wines before they purchase. On the weekends, bring the family for food and live entertainment, especially in the fall, when Maize Valley has its giant corn maze and pumpkins.

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass