DISCOVERING MARYSVILLE, OH
Marysville is a place where many people say “the Grass is Greener.” Whether that statement is true, or it’s merely a pun used because the city is home to the famous Scotts Miracle-Grow Company, is subject to debate. Perhaps one could say it’s both.
In any case, Marysville is the county seat of Union County, which is 27 miles northwest of Columbus. It has a population of around 25,000 residents and still growing. In December 2008, then First Lady Laura Bush designated Marysville as a “Preserve America Community.”
The community was founded as far back as 1819 by Samuel W. Cuthbertson. Cuthbertson named it after his daughter, Mary. By the late 1820s the town had enough children living there to justify opening its first schoolhouse, which was a log cabin. By 1888, however, the city earned its nickname as “the Shaded City” because of an abundance of maple trees along the town’s streets.
Since 1979, Marysville has been an important location internationally for automotive manufacturing as the community is the home of Honda of America Manufacturing, which makes cars and engines. Although Marysville is large enough to be called a city, people say the city is actually a very rural culture at heart with a wide range of locally-grown food.