Looking for a great place to live that’s close to nature, but also has modern education, industry, arts and entertainment? You might find what you’re looking for or just want to visit Sylvania, Ohio, a suburb of Toledo, Ohio.
Sylvania was founded in July 1836 and has a current population of approximately 19,100 people. Local industries include educational, health and social services, manufacturing, retail trade, scientific, management, administrative services.
If you want to know more about Sylvania’s rich history, visit the Historical Village at 5717 North Main Street. People of all ages can educate themselves about Sylvania’s history and enjoy the museum, shops, exhibits, gardens and special programs/classes. You can also visit a log home, one room school house and blacksmiths shops.
Teachers/educators can even take history with them so others can learn about Sylvania’s history through unique historical “Traveling Suitcase”, available for weekly rental and includes original and reproducible items, activities and related resources.
You can also learn about Sylvania’s rich history at the Lathrop House, built in 1835 with an 1850 addition that will be refurbished and eventually open to the public for tours. This home was recorded as a "stop" on the Underground Railroad.
On February 23, 1835, the Ohio Legislature passed an Act to create the Township of Sylvania, still part of Wood County at this time. On April 6, 1835, the first meeting to establish Sylvania Township.
On June 13, 1836, William Wilson and other gentlemen platted the Town of Sylvania and recorded in Lucas County, Ohio. ( Lucas County was established in 1836). In 1960, the Village of Sylvania became a city.
The name of the city of Sylvania comes from Sylvan, the Latin word for “woods or trees.”
The park system has several great recreational areas including Veterans Memorial Park , located at the end of Garden Park road. This park features the Memorial Grove of trees and Veterans Memorial to honor the memory of Sylvanians who have served the city and country in the military.
The 148 acre Olander Park System, located at 6930 Sylvania Avenue, features water sports on its 30 acre lake, plus the premiere archeological attraction, Fossil Park. It’s one of the three places in the nation where people can go in and dig fossils. It’s one of only two prime Devonian Era fossil sites in the world! Call 419-882-8313 for more information or visit www.olanderpark.com/xfer/info_fossil.html.
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Sylvania also has several playing fields, tennis courts, two indoor ice arenas, four private tennis clubs, an indoor swimming pool and several outdoor swimming facilities.
For more information on these attractions and other Sylvania hot spots, visit www.sylvaniarecreation.orgor contact the Sylvania Area Joint Recreation District (SAJRD) at 419-885-7644.
Since the first school was built in 1834, Sylvania has provided the community with an excellent school system including St. Francis Education Center, St. Joseph Elementary School, Hebrew Academy of Toledo and the First Apostolic Christian Academy.
Primary schools include Stranahan Elementary, Whiteford Elementary, Central Elementary, Highland Elementary, Maplewood Elementary, Hill View Elementary and Sylvan Elementary.
Middle schools include Arbor Hills Junior High, McCord Junior High, and Timberstone Junior High while Northview and Southview are the area public high schools.
Sylvania has excellent advanced educational institutions including Lourdes College, located on 6832 Convent Boulevard.
The Sylvania Senior Center is a growing resource and state-of-the-art, ADA accessible facility open to all adults age 55 and older.
The Center is an information resource, offering great programs and services including computer classes, tai chi, yoga, body recall, jazzercise, woodshop, indoor walking, pool tables, weight training equipment, legal services, podiatrist, chore services, tax services and transportation. Stop by for a visit or call 419-885-3913 for additional information.
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