The land which
is now Downtown Sidney, Ohio was originally donated by Charles
Starrett in 1820. He stipulated that one acre be reserved for
a public square, two half-acres lots for religious societies,
two acres for cemeteries and one acre for a school.
The original town was laid out in 113
lots, with the boundaries from N. Lane to S. Lane (now Water St.)
and from the Miami River to W. Lane (now West Ave.). Lot 113,
behind the Presbyterian Church (the football stadium) was to be
a graveyard, and half of lot 105 was for building a school. Central
School sits on this site still today. An Englishman named John
Blake built the first “official” building in Sidney
in 1820 on the lot where Furniture Express is today.
The name Sidney, sometimes spelled “Sydney”
in early documents, came from Sir Philip Sidney, an English patriot,
writer and member of Parliament.Downtown Sidney is rich with historic
buildings, some of which are still standing and functional after
more than 100 years.
Below are just a few samples of the architectural
sights that can be seen on a stroll through downtown Sidney. We
hope you enjoy them. However, to really appreciate them you must
see them in person. Why not make the trip to our downtown and
see the sights first hand. Also, don't forget to bring your camera!