Welcome to Centerburg known as the Geographical Center of Ohio and home to the Heart of Ohio multi-use trail where three of our Geocaches are located. As you visit our GeoTrail we want you to engage in learning the history of Ohio Railroads and their significance to the growth of these towns. In the late 90’s, Knox County began to explore the idea of taking the abandoned railbeds and converting them to a multi-use recreational trail.
As you discover areas on the Heart of Ohio Trail, imagine vast woodlands of Black Walnut and Sugar Maples and a possible encounter with Native Americans as you are searching for geocaches. How will you locate it? And how will travel with limited roads to direct you and what danger might be involved?
- In 1829 Ohio passed an act to build a road from Columbus to Mount Vernon. Now known as Route 3 & 36 also known as the 3C highway as it stretched from Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland. This is the route you will travel to locate our caches on the Heart of Ohio Trail. During this period travel from the Lake Region to Columbus passed on this road.
- In 1830 Centerburg was platted and in December of 1834, Centerburg took its name at a midway tavern site at the crossroads of an early stage line between Columbus and Mount Vernon by Jacob Houck and Stephen Sutton. The site was a weigh station for wagons and their 6-horse teams carrying merchandise between the Ohio River and the Great Lakes.
- It was stated that no man should determine the name but document the geographical location and Centerburg was named accordingly as it was the geographical center of Ohio and the heart of the growing Hilliar Township.