The Village of Doylestown has a long and proud history. In 1812, Wayne County was formed in Northeast Ohio and Chippewa Township was formed in 1815. Chippewa Township is named in honor of the Native American Chippewa Tribe. These Native Americans were a woodland tribe and were considered one of the most important of the Algonquin family. President James Monroe provided the first deed to land in Chippewa Township to its first official residents, Thomas and Elizabeth Frederick.
William Doyle moved from Pennsylvania to Chippewa Township in 1827 and purchased 50 acres of property partially owned by the Fredericks . The land was located on a hilly spot and was blessed with fine springs. His intention was to build a village. The founder of Doylestown was successful in attracting additional settlers and was responsible for erecting the first building, a log tavern, in the Village.
The residents of Doylestown and Chippewa Township value our heritage and have reminders of that commitment throughout our community. Our landmark “Doughboy” statute in the center of the Village was erected in 1920 to honor those who served in World War I. Chippewa Memorial Park is dedicated to World War II veterans. Our community spirit is exemplified by the residents' active participation in a wide variety of civic organizations.
Early developments centered on establishment of coalmines and aluminum smelters. Agriculture flourished in the area's rich soil and is still very big business today. Wayne County is ranked near the top producers in the State of Ohio , based upon crop value.
Despite the fact Doylestown has maintained a relatively small population base, our community has produced a disproportionate amount of business, scholastic and civic leaders as well as professional athletes and military heroes.
For 185 years Doylestown has maintained a rich and storied tradition…a tradition that we expect to continue for many more generations to come.