Licking Valley Heritage Society


Licking Valley Heritage Society

200 New Home Drive

Hanover, Ohio 43055

What is the Licking Valley Heritage Society?

It is a  Historical non-profit organization headquartered in Hanover, Ohio. The Society was founded in 2005

Where is the Licking Valley?

It consists of the Licking County townships of Madison, Perry, Hanover and Mary Ann.

"They came in wagons, flat boats  and on foot and settled in the greater Licking Valley area and made it what it is today a beautiful and wonderful place to live and raise a family"

Our vision for the future consists of growing in membership, constructing a museum to display artifacts, antiques, photographs and literature to educate our children and keep history alive.

"We are also creating a historical learning center."

Artifacts, Antiques, Photo's and Literature Needed

If you are an owner of any item rich in Licking Valley History that would help tell the stories of the past we encourage you to donate or provide the item on loan to the Licking Valley Heritage Society so that others may share in the history.

"Send us your stories and photos"

The Licking Valley Heritage Society meetings are held on the fourth Saturday of each month at 9:00 A.M. at the Licking Valley High School Library, all meetings are free and open to the public, do come and join us.


Any person or group that is interested in preserving history and wishes to be part of establishing a local museum is eligible to apply for membership.

The greater Licking Valley area has a remarkably rich historic and prehistoric heritage. As a member you can take an active part in preserving the heritage for future generations by your support. Contact us for a membership application.


Duane Flowers Co-President    

Luellen Felumlee Co- President  

Board of Directors;

 Bill Weaver 

  Dan Fleming     

     Raynola St Clair

Gorden Postle      Wes Miller

Nicole Gieseler       Jeff Morrison

Jim Hamby

Did you know Criss Brothers Funeral Home began in Frazeysburg  in the 1800's. It also had an operation in Hanover for a short time. That Hanover Township was organized in 1808, A gold mine was located in Madison Township. Mary Ann Township was named after the Mary Ann Furnace Company owners wife. The creator of the ceramic tiles on NASA's spaceships was born and raised in Hanover. Black Hand Gorge was named from a black hand print left on the side of a rock cliff after an indian fight over a young indian maiden. The early settlers were the  Elias Hughes and John Ratcliff and their families in Madison Township. Christian Neighbarger (Neiberger) and Peter Varner and their families came to the valley area of Madison Twp. along with the O'bannon family in 1815.  There are descendants of these families still residing in the Valley area. Christian Neighbarger served in the war of the Revolution.  Land here was partitioned out to soldiers  to live and cultivate only if they agreed to preach the gospel to the heathens and build schools. By 1830 there were many families settling in the beautiful Valley Area. Baughmans's Park- Statues were made of some President of the United States. Wayne Newton preformed at Hillbilly Park. 

Be Sure to check out all the links and connecting pages of information, send us an e-mail with your photos and stories of the Licking Valley area and any artifacts you would like to share with us. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


Hanover, Ohio

Licking Valley School District

Licking Valley High School

Licking County 1820 Census Index

Licking County Genealogical Society

Licking County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Licking County Historical Society

Ohio Historical Society

Licking County History by Hill 1881

Mitchell Family History by Sandy Quinn

Nola Rogers family website

Laurel Busch's website ( Neighbargers/Neibergers)

Valley Photos:

Valley Photos 2

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Tell us about your ancestors who once may have resided in the Valley Area, we want your stories, Photos, artifacts, anything you would like to share with us.  We look forward to hearing from you.       

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Webmaster:   Nola Miles Rogers    

March 25th, 2007

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