Vienna applies for historic marker

VIENNA – The Vienna Historical Society has applied for an Ohio Historical Society historic marker to be placed at the township center green, 4295 Warren Sharon Road.

Christine Novicky, president of the society, said the more than 100-page application will be reviewed by the Historic Preservation Society, and the society will receive word shortly if it has been selected.

“We hope to receive word in a few months. If they have further questions they can contact me or Shirley Wajda. The entire process should take six months or more,” she said.

Wajda, a society member, did much of the application paperwork and research with assistance from township officials and members of the Vienna Presbyterian Church.

“We have been working on the application for three months,” Novicky said.

Pam Klinger, secretary of the society, said the marker would be placed at the green by the township gazebo near the Presbyterian church and cemetery.

Novicky said Vienna was once a town coal-mining community. Between 1810 and 1840, Vienna was one of the centers of wooden-works clock factories in the Western Reserve, and much of that history will be noted on the two-sided marker.

Novicky said one side will have background information on Vienna Township and describe the local businesses, churches, town hall and community. The second side would include information on the cemetery township green where a school used to be located.

“We are excited about getting this,” she said.

Klinger said the society had hoped to get the marker by Home Day on Aug. 24 but do not expect it that soon.

Novicky said if approved the marker should be received and placed in the fall.

Novicky said there is already another historic marker in Vienna by the airport and others in neighboring Trumbull County communities.

The first settlers came to Vienna in 1799. Historic structures standing on the Green are Vienna Presbyterian Church, Copper Penny Masonic Lodge, built before 1872 as Vienna Center School and later home to the Vienna Grange; and Vienna Methodist Church. The Soldiers and Sailors Monument was dedicated in 1889. The 1999 Bicentennial Gazebo is also there.

Vienna’s historic cemetery is located behind the Green. Within its gates are buried Western Reserve pioneers and veterans of all of the nation’s wars, the township’s clockmakers and coal miners. The society is undertaking preservation of the cemetery.

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The society recently heard from speaker Don Mathey who told of the Packard Family and will give the society a tour of the museum on April 21.