Tallmadge known for the circle, Summit County Fair

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People passing by Talmadge can’t help going through the story. The city’s famous Tallmadge Circle, consisting of eight spokes extending from its central core, was laid out by the city’s founder, David Bacon, in the early 19th century. It remains one of the most recognizable map markers in all of Ohio, with each road named after its respective compass direction.

But even though Tallmadge has retained its historic roots, it has become a modern suburb with family neighborhoods, local businesses and fierce local pride.

Location

Tallmadge sits on the eastern border of Summit County, surrounded by Akron, Mogadore, Cuyahoga Falls, Munroe Falls, Stow, Kent and Brimfield Township.

A line of traffic along the Northwest Avenue to Tallmadge Circle link waits to enter the circle.

Strong points

• Tallmadge was a dry community until the early 1990s. When the law was changed to allow the limited sale of alcohol, public drinking remained illegal until 2001 when restaurants were finally allowed to operate. sell it.

• Residents love their local baseball. The city fielded teams in the Little League World Series in 1974 and 2004. And the high school has won nine state championships in softball and baseball, most recently in 2017.

• Tallmadge notables include Clara Driscoll, lamp designer for Tiffany’s in New York; Sidney Edgerton, the first governor of the Montana Territory; and Dave Ziegler, who became general manager of the Las Vegas Raiders this year.

A crowd sit outside the historic First Congregational Church on Tallmadge Circle watching a band at a concert in the circle last year.

Attractions

Please note: As the region recovers from the COVID pandemic, many businesses are changing their hours of operation. Please be aware that the information reported in this list may change.

• The famous Circle of Tallmage almost surrounds 5 hectare park which has quite a story. Here you will find the first Congregational Church, built in 1825, and the Old Town Hall, dating from 1859. Both facilities can be rented for personal and business purposes. (tallmadge-ohio.org). The park is also home to an 1889 Centennial Stone that commemorated the inauguration of President George Washington, a monument that once marked the site of the first cabin built in Tallmadge in 1807, and the Tallmadge Veterans Memorial.

Chris Grimm, President of the Tallmadge Historical Society, browses the display in the General Store at the Old Town Hall Museum, built in 1859.

Delanie’s Grid, 67 West Ave., is a casual tavern with outdoor tables and a classic pub menu of burgers, wings, and other casual fare. The restaurant was the first in Tallmadge to obtain a liquor license when voters ended the town’s long drought in 2001. Closed on Sundays and Mondays, visit delaniesgrille.com for hours and a menu.

Summit running gear is the world’s largest distributor of automotive performance equipment, but locals can shop directly at the company’s large retail store. Located at 1200 Southeast Avenue, the facility is visible from Interstate 76. The store sells auto parts, shop tools, apparel and more. Consult the inventory on www.summitracing.com.

The Henry Bierce Supply Co., a mainstay of Tallmadge since 1910, recently moved from its 19th century barn and into new digs on the same property at 51 South Ave. In addition to the hardware, landscaping, tool rental, and masonry departments, visitors enjoy exploring the indoor and outdoor displays. Close on Sunday. Visit henrybierce.com for hours and inventory.

Children enjoy the Sea Ray ride on the opening day of the 2022 Summit County Fair in Tallmadge.

The Family History Center, operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is where local genealogists go to research their family trees. Located at 106 E. Howe Road, the center is equipped with computers as well as microfilm and microfiche readers to help customers sort through surname books, government records, obituaries and old directories of almost any the countries. Look for the door on the far east side of the building near the ramp. Open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

The banquet center of the place offers full catering services and has private conference rooms in addition to banquet halls that can accommodate up to 350 people. Find out about thevenuebanquets.com.

Danny Boys is a chain of Italian restaurants in Northeast Ohio, featuring specialty pizza and “home favorite” dishes. The Tallmadge site is closed on Mondays. Find the timetables and a menu on dannyboyspizza.com.

Spectators cheer as they watch Chase's Racing Pigs put on a show at the 2022 Summit County Fair in Tallmadge.

• The Summit County Fairgrounds is at 229 E. Howe Road. This year’s fair is over, but the grounds host events year-round, including craft shows, dog shows, motocross, military shows, roller derby, soapbox derby rallies, vintage markets and more. Visit summitfair.com to see what happens this fall.

• If you are looking for antiques, home accessories, jewelry and vintage furniture, try Anne’s Abbey Where Viva Vintage. Abbey Ann’s, 51 West Ave., has been around for over 30 years. It’s open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. Viva Vintage is at 23 Carmen Road, and the store has frequent auctions. Follow them on facebook.com/VivaVintageUsa for auction information and store hours.

A cyclist on the Metro Freedom Trail crosses South East Avenue in Tallmadge.

• Options for hikers in this region include freedom trail, a 4.2 mile hike between Kent and the Circle. Start at 245 Northeast Ave. Bicycles and pets accepted. Or take a walk in the Tallmadge Meadows section of Munroe Falls Metropolitan Park. Start at 1088 North Ave. and choose between two trails that traverse former county land acquired by Metro Parks in 2007.

Sammie’s Bar and Grill, 498 South Ave., is a family-friendly watering hole with traditional American and pub fare for lunch and dinner. Open seven days a week with Happy Hour specials on weekdays. sammiesbarandgrill.com

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seven grains has been a local natural market since 1998. Discover its natural and organic foods – from the deli department to the produce and pantry. It’s at 92 West Ave. and open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. six days a week and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Learn more about sevengrains.com.

• The Tallmedge Leisure Center, 46 N. Munroe Road, is a 100,000 square foot city-operated fitness facility. All ages are welcome on its walking track, fitness equipment, sports fields, as well as sports programs and leagues. It even offers a one-week free subscription to try it out. Visit tallmadge-ohio.org/232/Recreation-Center to learn more.

Children cool off in the large barrel splash area at the Maca Aquatic Center in Tallmadge.

• The city also operates the Maca Aquatic Center at 183 Maca Drive, located in Maca Park. The water park includes a lap pool, slides, splash zone and bucket dumps. There are also shower rooms, a full-service concession stand, and seating under large umbrellas. Learn more about tallmadge-ohio.org/262/Maca-Memberships.

About Tallmadge

Based: 1807

Population: 17,500

School and mascot: Tallmadge Town Schools, the Blue Devils.

Website: tallmadge-ohio.org

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