Homes for Sale in Waterville, OH

Long before fur traders, soldiers and settlers came to the Maumee Valley, the river and its banks were studded with Indian villages. In 1794, General Anthony Wayne marched his legion down along the river to the site the French called Roche de Boeuf, a large island outcropping of natural limestone where the Ottawa Indians held their councils. Opposite it on the west bank Wayne constructed Fort Deposit in preparation of an encounter with the Indians, which became known as the battle of Fallen Timbers. For three days following his victory, Wayne sent his troops all along the river burning Indian settlements and cornfields. At the Treaty of Greenville in 1795 twelve tribes signed their submission and the Ohio territory opened to white settlement.

One of the first to come to this area was John Pray of Rhode Island in 1818 after he had served in the War of 1812. He built a dam across the river to Granger Island and in 1821 constructed a water-powered grist mill, the first on the lower Maumee and the location became known as Pray’s Falls. He later added a carding mill and sawmill. In 1831 he laid out the village of Waterville with the first 50 lots. River Road was then called Main Street. He built the Columbian House, a stagecoach inn, in 1828 and expanded it with a three-story addition in 1837 featuring a ballroom on the third floor and the town’s jail on the second. For years it was the commercial and social center of Waterville and the site of the first post office. It is recognized as one of the finest examples of Federal style architecture.

The year 1843 ushered in a new era for Waterville with the opening of the Miami and Erie Canal. Boats transported farm products, commercial goods and people from Toledo to Cincinnati, and it joined a branch of the Wabash and Erie to Indiana. In the peak year of 1851 400 boats were operating. Hotels and stores opened along its banks. The Pekin Mill was built in 1846 where the canal met Mechanic Street. The commercial section of town gradually moved to Third Street. The village was incorporated in 1882.

The canal also served as a source of entertainment for local residents. A favorite spot for ice skating from Thanksgiving to spring thaw, it was not uncommon for some to skate to Grand Rapids and back in an evening. After skating, young and old alike would gather around the big old stove at the back of Rupp’s Store to warm up. In summer the canal was a favorite spot for fishing and boating.

In 1845, the United States Government transported soldiers on the canal from Toledo to Cincinnati for the Mexican War. Until 1852, the canal was regarded as part of a great military highway between New York and New Orleans. Canal operations ceased in 1909, as railroads and automobiles became faster and cheaper means of travel. During the 1930s and 1940s the canal bed was filled in to become the Anthony Wayne Trail, U.S. Route 24.

The news in 1907 that the Lima-Toledo Traction Company was planning an interurban electric train line through the village brought great excitement. Rail cars would reach Toledo from Waterville in the miraculous time of 20 minutes. The longest reinforced concrete bridge would be built at the historic site of Roche de Boeuf. In spite of assurances that the historic rock would not be desecrated in any way, it soon became apparent that a portion of the rock would be blasted away for a bridge support. The outraged citizens felt betrayed. As time went on tempers cooled and the beauty of the Roman aqueduct design became a favorite of artists and picnickers alike. For 30 years the red interurban cars raced across the bridge,one actually winning a race against an airplane in 1930, rocketing along at nearly 100 miles an hour. In 1937 the railway went out of business. Today, the grand old bridge stands as an icon of Waterville history and a testament to engineering innovation.

Like many other towns, modes of transportation have played a major role in the evolution of Waterville. With the completion of the Route 24 Bypass in the year 2012, the village landscape will be transformed again. Without truck traffic congestion, the restored historic downtown downtown will prosper, while new commercial development will locate near the bypass. Waterville honors its colorful past, but looks toward a bright future.


36 Results Days on Site (new to old)
13
$149,900 New For Sale
9102 S River Road
Waterville, OH 43566
2 beds, 1.5 baths | Single Family Home
1,233 sq ft; lot: 1.5 acres
36
$255,000 Contingent
9661 Berkey Southern Road
Waterville, OH 43566
3 beds, 2.5 baths | Single Family Home
2,222 sq ft; lot: 1.3705 acres
25
$169,900 Contingent
827 Cherry Lane
Waterville, OH 43566
4 beds, 1.5 baths | Single Family Home
1,924 sq ft; lot: 9100 sq ft
2
$227,000 For Sale
8450 Farnsworth Road
Waterville, OH 43566
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,400 sq ft; lot: 1.0996 acres
34
$258,000 For Sale
7756 Wellsbury Drive
Waterville, OH 43566
3 beds, 2.5 baths | Single Family Home
2,131 sq ft; lot: 13129 sq ft
14
$319,900 For Sale
918 Dantry Court
Waterville, OH 43566
4 beds, 2.5 baths | Single Family Home
2,395 sq ft; lot: 16988 sq ft
1
$324,900 Contingent
7477 Shoemaker Drive
Waterville, OH 43566
4 beds, 2.5 baths | Single Family Home
2,395 sq ft; lot: 12197 sq ft
19
$348,900 Contingent
901 Timber Wood Court
Waterville, OH 43566
4 beds, 2.5 baths | Single Family Home
2,677 sq ft; lot: 11761 sq ft
15
$125,000 For Sale
1245 Applegate Street #1245
Waterville, OH 43566
2 beds, 1.5 baths | Condo/Townhouse
1,168 sq ft
34
$329,900 For Sale
6358 Coventry Way
Waterville, OH 43566
4 beds, 2.5 baths | Single Family Home
2,239 sq ft; lot: 16013 sq ft
7
$299,900 For Sale
7855 Royal Hampton Lane
Waterville, OH 43566
4 beds, 2.5 baths | Single Family Home
2,664 sq ft; lot: 12001 sq ft
35
$279,000 Contingent
7910 Meadowview Lane
Waterville, OH 43566
4 beds, 2.5 baths | Single Family Home
2,207 sq ft; lot: 17184 sq ft
13
$299,900 For Sale
1471 Blackhawk Drive
Waterville, OH 43566
4 beds, 2.5 baths | Single Family Home
2,180 sq ft; lot: 9583 sq ft
16
$139,900 For Sale
120 Wilkshire Drive
Waterville, OH 43566
3 beds, 1 bath | Single Family Home
1,016 sq ft; lot: 8298 sq ft
35
$294,900 Contingent
7632 Timbers Boulevard
Waterville, OH 43566
3 beds, 3.5 baths | Single Family Home
2,595 sq ft; lot: 12632 sq ft
22
$319,900 For Sale
7622 Shoemaker Drive
Waterville, OH 43566
4 beds, 2.5 baths | Single Family Home
2,287 sq ft; lot: 16553 sq ft
14
$169,900 Contingent
2 Zachary Circle
Waterville, OH 43566
2 beds, 2 baths | Condo/Townhouse
1,535 sq ft
18
$199,900 Contingent
38 N 4th Street
Waterville, OH 43566
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,301 sq ft; lot: 10698 sq ft
36
$409,900 Contingent
8462 Valley Gate
Waterville, OH 43566
4 beds, 3 baths | Single Family Home
2,850 sq ft; lot: 16117 sq ft
11
$329,900 For Sale
8461 Glen Creek Street
Waterville, OH 43566
4 beds, 2.5 baths | Single Family Home
2,356 sq ft; lot: 17424 sq ft
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