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The Ross County Historical Society has a great selection of photos of historical pictures, artifacts etc. which would be a great addition to lessons.  Each item includes a description.

Teachers are welcome to use the images for classroom materials. The RCHS requests that any photo used is accompanied by acknowledgement of the Ross County Historical Society.  http://rosscountyhistoricalsociety.tumblr.comRCHS Tumbler

Settlement of the Virginia Military District and Ross County

NathanielMassieYoung Nathaniel Massie made a name for himself as a top notch surveyor who knew the Ohio Country well. He accumulated a massive amount of land in payment for his surveying services in the this new unsettled Virginia Military District.  His land would only be of value if people came here to settle.

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Americans Settle the Ohio Country The U.S. Government helps the financial plight of the war veterans while helping itself to settle the newly established Northwest Territory.

Virginia Military District-3  The U.S. government’s plan to pay veterans with land.

Nathaniel Massie Settles Chillicothe-3


Opening the Northwest Territory to Settlement

The Revolutionary War was over.  The new United States now reached across the Allegheny Mountains to the Mississippi River.  Part of the new lands were the Northwest Territory where we live today.

The young country was experiencing financial problems.  Too much continental currency had been printed during the war, which made it close to worthless.  This caused much distress for veterans who had been paid with these continental dollars.

The United States was anxious to settle these new lands.  The Congress decided to give land  to the veterans of the Revolutionary War as payment for their service. The Ordinance of 1785 as written by Congress, determined how the land would be surveyed and divided, but it did not lay out a plan to govern the new territory. The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 was written to do just that, thus opening the door to settlement.

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1. Opening the NWT to Settlement-Teacher Guide

2. New Americans Look Westward-4 As interest grows in settlement of the Northwest Territory, Congress grants land to Revolutionary War veterans as payment for their service.

3. Hard Times and Worthless Money  Veterans had been paid in continental currency which was now worthless.  This caused much distress as taxes rose to support the new country.

4. Northwest Ordinance:A Plan for Government Congress created the Ordinance of 1785, then the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 to pave the way to settlement of the Northwest Territory.        

5. 4th Ohio Social Studies Learning Standard-#5 The articles above corresponds with  the Ohio Social Studies Learning Standard for Grade 4

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This feature length historical documentary is the story of the Ohio Company of Associates, a group of Revolutionary War officers and soldiers, and how, in 1788, they first opened the door for westward expansion of the new United States.  At Marietta, Ohio, they began the first legal, organized American settlement in the old Northwest Territory. Divided into 12 chapters which can be watched individually.  Please contact Julie Lambert for a copy.



Along the Ohio Trail                                 Join your trail guide Simon for a hike through Ohio’s history! As you read Along the Ohio Trail, you’ll learn about what makes our state different from all the others.  This is in easy to use PDF format.



Every Kid In A Park!

Did you know that you own millions of acres of national parks, historic structures, cultural artifacts, ancient forests, snow-capped mountains, and clear blue lakes? Our public lands and waters belong to all Americans and are waiting for you to explore them!

To help engage and create our next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates, we are kicking off the Every Kid in a Park initiative. The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for each and every 4th grade student across the country to experience their public lands and waters in person throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Soon, you will have access to your own Every Kid in a Park pass. This pass will give you free access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more!

The Every Kid in a Park pass will be available for the 2015-2016 school year.

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Welcome to Ross County’s History Depot!

The Ross County History Depot is a project to supplement the local Social Studies curriculums with materials and resources to tie local historical events to state and national events.  It is through this program, that Ross County students will gain knowledge and an appreciation of Ross County’s historical significance.  The ultimate goal is to  create a sense of pride in their community within students which will make them good caretakers of our historical heritage in the future.

Local history materials are plentiful, however collecting that information and turning it into classroom ready presentations and other instructional materials can be very time consuming for the classroom teacher.

Much of the material on the website has been uploaded in PDF format.  These can be reproduced or shown on the overhead.  The PDFs have been reduced in size so as to not overload the blog site.  This often distorts graphics somewhat. If you would like a higher quality copy of the PDF please contact us on the blog and a higher quality PDF can be sent to you. *This site is best viewed on a desk or laptop at 75%.  If topics cannot be viewed, click the red cog in the upper left hand corner of the page.

Teacher Input Welcome and Encouraged!   Please send comments, corrections, lesson ideas and additional resources on the different posts and topics presented on this blog.  They will be attached to the posts for the benefit of other educators visiting this blog.


Julie Lambert

Retired Educators!

Please note!  The Ross County History Depot  is a nonprofit endeavor to enrich students understanding of the significance of local history. The many pictures and illustrations included were provided as a courtesy for use in these educational publications only.  Educators and students are welcome to reproduce materials found on this blog for educational purposes.

Please direct any questions to Julie Lambert  at