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Wooster Digital History Project

Surveyors Come to Wooster

Intersection of N Grant St and W Bowman St

By Laura Merrell

The initial surveying party that came to Wooster left their mark on the town, although the evidence is so subtle that it is easy to miss. Many of the major street signs such as Bever, Larwill, and Grant were named for the men who first laid out the town of Wooster in 1808. The majority of the early surveyors became prominent members of the local community by holding important judicial and political offices within the town and at the state level. Political intrigue and historical debate enshroud many of the surveyors’ lives and ancestry and make up an interesting part of current local lore.