Welcome to Our Community
Nelson Township is located in the northeast section of Portage County & its population is over 3200 residents. The Township covers 24.7 square miles and maintains 25.4 miles of roads & five cemeteries. It is also home to the Nelson Kennedy Ledges State Park - 167 acres of spectacular rock formations, hiking trails, waterfalls & picnicking areas.
Nelson Township is a quiet, residential area in a beautiful rural setting with mature trees and landscape. Residents are an eclectic mix of young and old, original owners and newcomers, professionals, entrepreneurs, academics, and retirees. Residents enjoy a warm, neighborly social life.
History of Nelson Schools
Please take this opportunity to discover an interesting and informative History of Nelson Schools. Grace Randall Goodsell and Rodger Pettit have written a time line from the school opening in 1804 to its closing in 1969.
History of United Brethren Church
Faith Evangelical Free Church located on Windham-Parkman Road near the intersection of Pierce and Windham-Parkamn Roads is not a new congregation only a new church building. The current building was built in 1969 after the merger of the Evangelical United Brethren and the Methodist Church Conferences. After a series of controversial meetings with high level officials, a decision was made by the local Church Congregation at Silica Sand to become independent. The local chuch leaders contacted the Nelson Township Trustees for the rental of the Nelson Community House at a rate for $40.00 per week for the Sunday day & evening services with a payment of $10.00 per for custodial service.
The congregation met in the Community House for two years while the new facility was under construction. The Sunday School Classes met outside without any inclement weather. In order to use the second floor, a fire escape was constructed in the fall. The congregation concerns were not with the Nelson or Garrettsville United Methodist Church but rather with the District Superintendent and Conference Leaders. This summary is provided as history of this church staring in Nelson Township then Windham Township and now back to Nelson Township. For more information, link to United Brethren Church.