The origin of Reynoldsburg [†] can be traced to 1801 when Thomas Jefferson signed an Act of Congress granting land to Lt. Colonel Bradford to be appropriated for refugees from Canada. The first settler was Thomas Palmer, who came from Massachusetts in 1803. The Village of Frenchtown was platted in 1831 on land owned by John D. French. The name was changed in 1839 to Reynoldsburg in honor of John C. Reynolds, the Postmaster and a representative in the Ohio General Assembly. The village was incorporated in 1839 and granted city status in 1960.
Reynoldsburg is noted as "the birthplace of the tomato" because of its famous resident horticulturist Alexander W. Livingston (1821-1898), internationally known for his development of the "Paragon" tomato.
Reynoldsburg is located ten miles east of downtown Columbus and comprises the eastern edge of the Columbus metropolitan area. It was the first Franklin County city to expand into two other counties: Licking County to the east and Fairfield County to the south. Encompassing approximately thirteen square miles, the City lies near the geographic center of the state and is easily accessible from all areas in Ohio. The City is seven miles from Port Columbus International Airport and offers immediate accessibility to interstate highways I-70 and I-270 via three major interchanges. Reynoldsburg is situated 833 feet above sea level and experiences mean temperatures of 71.97 degrees during the summer and 29.8 degrees during the winter.
† Comprehensive Financial Annual Report, City of Reynoldsburg, 2016, ci.reynoldsburg.oh.us, accessed September, 2020.
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