Chardon, located about an hour's drive east of downtown Cleveland, is the county seat of Geauga County. The city of around 5000 residents is known for as the heart of Ohio's Maple Syrup country and as the center of Northeast Ohio's snow belt.
Chardon's town square is lined with restored buildings and shops and is popular with summer antique shoppers.
A part of the Western Reserve, Chardon was first "settled" in 1812 by Captain Edward Paine Jr., who built a log cabin on what would become Chardon Square. Soon thereafter, the wilderness city was named the Geauga County seat and named for the town's absentee landowner, Peter Chardon Brooks.
The townspeople modeled their new village after a typical New England town, complete with a town's square, library, clapboard Methodist church, and columned courthouse. Most of those early buildings were destroyed in a huge fire in 1868.
According to the 2000 census, Chardon has 5156 residents, 97.77% of whom are white. In addition, 49.7% of Chardon residents are married. The median age is 37 and the median household income is $46,074.
Shopping in Chardon Ohio:
Chardon is home to a number of small, interesting shops, including antique stores. Most of these are located on or just off of Chardon Square.
Chardon is home to numerous, independently-owned restaurants, including the Bass Lake Inn, John Palmer's, Fowler's Mill Inn, the Maple Leaf, and Sebastian's on the Square.
The Chardon School District has an enrollment of around 3200 students, from Chardon and the surrounding area. The district has four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. The school system has received an Excellent rating from the Ohio Department of Education for eight consecutive years.
Chardon is home to the annual Maple Festival, held the weekend after Easter, and Sunday pancake breakfasts during maple syrup season.
Famous Chardon residents include Cleveland Browns player, Joe Jurevicius, rapper "Wish Bone" (aka Charles Scruggs), NASCAR driver Matt Hutter, and Andrew Brown of the Oakland "A's".
Tragedy in Chardon:
Chardon High School was the scene of fatal gunfire on February 27, 2012, when a student, TJ Lane, allegedly opened fire on his fellow students in the school cafeteria at 730am. Five students were injured, three of whom later died from their injuries.
Hotels near Chardon Ohio:
Chardon is near the Quail Hollow Resort (check rates) at I-90 and Route 44 and the less expensive Amerihost Hotel at the same intersection. The area is also dotted with charming bed and breakfast inns. Among these are the Bass Lake Inn in Chardon, Fitzgerald's Irish Bed and Breakfast in Painesville, and the Red Maple Inn in Burton.