The AmericaJR Web Team recently visited the small village of Milan, Ohio. It is best known as the birthplace and childhood home of inventor Thomas Edison. Milan village was platted by Ebenezer Merry in 1817 on the site of a previously abandoned Moravian Indian mission village, named “Petquotting”, (1805-1809). Construction of the Milan Canal began in 1833 and it opened to lake navigation on July 4, 1839. During the canal era, Milan became the birthplace of businessman and inventor Thomas Alva Edison, and the small hillside brick home where he was born on February 11, 1847 is open to the public as a museum. He lived in Milan until he was 7 years of age, when his family moved to Port Huron, Michigan.
Milan, Ohio is located at the intersection of US-250 and OH-113. It is 5 miles north of Norwalk, OH; 63 miles southeast of Toledo and 57 miles west of Cleveland.