Our Community

The history of Tiffin & Seneca County dates back to 1812. The familiar bronze statue of The Indian Maiden standing on Frost Parkway near Miami Street marks the site of Fort Ball, which was a military depot of the war of 1812. Fighting an engagement of that war, Erastus Bowe first sighted the location upon which Tiffin now stands.

Fort Ball, completed in July of 1813, was erected on the west banks of the Sandusky River at a point, which today is the foot of Miami Street in Tiffin. This location was ideal – close to the water with a good view up and down the river, and within its confines an ever-flowing spring of pure, cold water. Erastus Bowe was so taken with this area during his sojourn in 1813 that he returned in 1817 and for over 46 years, until his death, lived here.

In 1817, he returned to the site and built his Pan Yan Tavern, which later became a stagecoach stop, on the north bank of the Sandusky River. Early homesteaders followed soon after Bowe, and the settlement of Oakley sprang up around the Pan Yan. The main traveled road of the area followed the path of the stagecoaches through Oakley, called Fort Ball after 1824.

In 1820, Josiah Hedges purchased a piece of land on the south bank of the river opposite Oakley and founded another settlement. He named this village “Tiffin” in honor of Edward Tiffin, first governor of Ohio and later member of the United States Senate, and a man who had fought long and brilliantly to finally win statehood for the Ohio Territory in 1803. Tiffin was incorporated by an act of the Ohio Legislature on March 7, 1835.

tiffin seneca county ohio history

In 1824, with the establishment of Seneca County by the Ohio Legislature, Tiffin became a county seat. The county took its name from the Seneca Indians, who originally were native to this territory.

Oakley and Tiffin, split by the Sandusky River, were great rivals. But, in 1850, seeing that later their interests lay together, the two villages merged to form greater Tiffin, with Fort Ball becoming a part of Tiffin in March of that year.

Seneca County was known principally for its agricultural products, and consistently rated in the upper 12% of the 88 counties in Ohio in gross farm income until the year 1888 when oil was discovered in the area. Oil attracted industry and by 1900 numerous manufacturing concerns had moved to Tiffin and Seneca County. Industrial growth has continued to the present day, adding greatly to the economic progress of Seneca County.

 LOCAL GOVERNMENT

City of Tiffin

Tiffin is located between Toledo, Cleveland and Columbus. Tiffin’s population was 17,828 as of the 2012 census.  Tiffin supports its many city parks, county museum, library, county fair, festivals, home and garden tours, concerts, parades and much more. 

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Seneca County

Seneca County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 56,745. Its county seat is Tiffin. The county was created in 1820 and later organized in 1824. It is named for the Seneca Indians.

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City of Fostoria

Fostoria is a city of about 13,441 residents, located at the convergence of Hancock, Seneca, and Wood counties in Northwest Ohio. Established in 1854, Fostoria is best known for its famous glass production years and for its abundant rail traffic and business that continues today. 

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  ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & MAIN STREET ORGANIZATIONS

Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, a 501c3 nonprofit public-private partnership, drives and leads economic, downtown, and community development for Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio.

The following is a quick “top ten” list of some of the most common areas of activity for TSEP:

  • Incentive Programs
  • Property Searches
  • Planning & Strategy
  • Leadership
  • Real Estate Development
  • Research
  • Project Management
  • Promotion & Public Relations
  • Communication & Marketing
  • Grants

For more information or to contact TSEP, click here

Downtown Tiffin: Main Street Community

Tiffin is a Main Street community through both Main Street America and Heritage Ohio, and practices downtown revitalization with a four-point approach. The points and their purposes are as follows:

  • Organization – Involves creating a strong foundation for a sustainable revitalization effort, including cultivating partnerships, community involvement, and resources for the district.
  • Economic Vitality – Focuses on capital, incentives, and other economic and financial tools to assist new and existing businesses, catalyze property development, and create a supportive environment for entrepreneurs and innovators that drive local economies.
  • Design – Supports a community’s transformation by enhancing the physical and visual assets that set the commercial district apart.
  • Promotion – Positions the downtown or commercial district as the center of the community and hub of economic activity, while creating a positive image that showcases a community’s unique characteristics.

If you are interested in joining or have anything you would like to bring before the committees, contact Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart at 419-619-5517 or reinhart@senecacounty.org. Learn more about Downtown Tiffin here.

REGIONAL PLANNING

Seneca Regional Planning Commission

The Seneca Regional Planning Commission is responsible for: Maintenance and distribution of the County’s Geographic Information System (GIS); enforcement of the Subdivision Regulations; administration of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, including the Fair Housing component; assistance to County’s economy through Economic Development Grants, Revolving Loan Fund Dollars, Enterprise Zones, and Community Reinvestment Areas. At the same time, we strive to balance development with the guidelines adopted in our Comprehensive Land Use Plan of 2001.

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PARKS DISTRICTS

Tiffin Parks and Recreation

The Park and Recreation Department is a non-profit, municipal government agency serving the City of Tiffin. The department is responsible for park maintenance and development as well as recreational and special event programs and facilities. We are a dedicated team of professionals committed to providing beneficial, life-enhancing opportunities for the community.

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Seneca County Parks District

In 1996, the Seneca County Commissioners authorized the formation of a County Park District. In 1997, the Park District acquired its first property, the 256-acre Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve. Five other nature preserves have been acquired and developed, as well as four additional properties for a total of 650 acres in ten county parks. More than 180 nature programs for all ages are conducted year around. 

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Fostoria Parks and Recreation

After more than 10 years of planning, plotting and funding, we finally broke ground on the Fostoria Iron Triangle Rail Park in September 2011. In addition to the Fostoria Iron Triangle, Fostoria also has:

  • City Park
  • Foundation Park
  • Buckley Street Courts
  • Harmon Park
  • Jackson Park
  • Portage Park
  • Gray Park

For more information, click here.

 LIBRARIES

Beeghly Library at Heidelberg University
310 E. Market St
Tiffin, Ohio 448883
419-448-2104
Heidelberg.edu

Bettsville Public Library
223 State St
Bettsville, OH 44815
419-986-5198

Bettsvillefacebookpage

Bliss Memorial Public Library
120 S. Marion St
Bloomville, OH 44818
419-447-3117
Blisslibrary.org

Green Springs Memorial Library
217 N. Broadway St
Green Springs, Ohio 44836
419-639-2014
Birchard.lib.oh.us

Kaubisch Memorial Public Library
205 Perry Street
Fostoria, Ohio 44830
419-435-2813
1-800-HEIDELBERG
Fostoria.lib.oh.us

North Central Ohio Educational Service Center
65 St. Francis Ave.
Tiffin, Ohio 44883
419-447-2927
Ncoesc.org

 

Pfeiffer Library at Tiffin University
139 Miami St
Tiffin, OH 44883
419-448-3435
Tiffin.edu

Seneca East Public Library
14 N. Main St
Attica, Ohio 44807
419-426-3825
Senecaeastlibrary.org

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library
77 Jefferson St
Tiffin, Ohio 44883 
419-447-3751
Tiffinsenecalibrary.org

 

 

 

 

COLLEGES AND TRADE SCHOOLS

Heidelberg University
310 E. Market St.
Tiffin, Ohio 448883
419-448-2000
1-800-HEIDELBERG
Heidelberg.edu

Terra State Community College
2830 Napoleon Rd.
Fremont, OH 43420
419-334-8400
Terra.edu

Tiffin Academy of Hair Design
104 E Market St. 
Tiffin, OH 44883
419-447-3117
Tiffinacademy.com

 

Tiffin University
155 Miami Street
Tiffin, Ohio 44883
419-447-6442
Tiffin.edu

 

 

 

PRIVATE SCHOOLS K-12

Bridges Community Academy
190 St. Francis Ave.
Tiffin OH 44883
419-455-9295

Bcatiffin.org

Calvert Catholic Schools
152 Madison St
Tiffin, Ohio 44883
419-447-3844
Calvertcatholic.org

 

 

PUBLIC SCHOOLS K-12

Hopewell-Loudon School
181 North County Road 7
P. O. Box 400
Bascom, Ohio 44809
419-937-2216
Hopewell-loudon.k12.oh.us

Mohawk Local School
605 State Route 231
Sycamore, Ohio 44882
419-927-9242
Mohawk.k12.oh.us

New Riegel Local Schools
44 N Perry St.
New Riegel, OH 44853
High School: 419-595-2256
Elementary School: 419-595-2901
FAX: 419-595-2901
Newriegelschools.org

 

North Central Academy Tiffin Campus
928 W. Market St.Ste. B
Tiffin, Ohio 44883
419-448-5786
Northcentralacademy.org

Old Fort High School
7635 North County Road 51
P. O. Box 64
Old Fort, Ohio 44861
419-992-4291
Old-fort.k12.oh.us

Seneca County School of Opportunity
780 East County Road 20
Tiffin, Ohio 44883
419-447-7521
Senecadd.org

 

Seneca East Local Schools
13343 East State Route 224
Attica, Ohio 44807
419-426-7041
Seneca-east.k12.oh.us

Sentinel Career & Technology Center
793 East TR 201
Tiffin, Ohio 44883
419-448-1212
Vscc.k12.oh.us

Tiffin City Schools
244 South Monroe St.
Tiffin, OH 44883
419-447-2515 
Tiffin.k12.oh.us

 

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