Blanchard Landing

Blanchard Landing in Hancock County, Ohio has served as entrance/egress for many centuries

Blanchard Landing in Hancock County, Ohio has served as entrance/egress for many centuries

Located in Blanchard Township, Hancock County, Ohio, this place serves as “Sportsman” Access to the Blanchard River, think kayak or canoe, I don’t think motor powered boats would do well on the Blanchard, it doesn’t seem deep enough.

Why do you think just off highway 235 heading south from McComb there exists Blanchard Landing?  Did some engineers say, “hey, this looks like a good place to build access to the Blanchard so people can kayak on it”?  This was an entrance/egress point for the Blanchard River for the thriving Native American population found in Hancock County when the first white settlers arrived at Fort Findlay on a path cut through the forest by the United States Army from Urbana, Ohio.  Liberty Township and Blanchard Township were home to Ottawa and Wyandot tribes who cleared areas of the forest along the Blanchard river “some 8 miles west of Findlay” cultivated the land and lived in their villages, going on a third century by the time the first white settlers ventured out into a newly organized land (Hancock County) and the townships established with plots of land for purchase by the new settlers into basically what amounted to an unbroken forest.  The swamp you learned about in school, it was north of here, they teach you this area was swamp land because it sounds “uninhabited”.  Hancock County, surrounding counties, and all of Ohio were inhabited by thriving cultures of human beings from the stone ages to current time.  You must always remember we read a victor’s history and the history we’re taught about Ohio is from the European point of view.  God Bless Public School curriculum.

Please follow and like us:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.