View Single Post
Old 12-01-2019, 02:30 PM
Johanna's Avatar
Johanna is offline
Charter Member
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: Altered States of America
Posts: 13,628
Originally Posted by HMS Irruncible View Post
Heh, I was amused that they gave the name "Firelands" to Northern Ohio. Firelands is a local name of historical meaning known only to people in central Northern Ohio.

During the Revolutionary War, the British burnt down several Connecticut towns. The western end of the Connecticut Western Reserve was set aside to be given to Nutmeggers who'd had their homes arsoned, thus "Firelands." Several town names in that region are named after the torched places in Connecticut. The land wasn't opened for settlement until many years had passed and there were ultimately a few arson survivors who eventually came out for the land offered them.