German heritage celebrated in Lowell
This rural village lies between two ridges on the banks of the Muskingum River. Served by Ohio 60 and one traffic light, this third settlement of the Northwest Territory was founded in 1788 but wasn't fully settled until 1795.
Lowell once thrived with a tannery, brickyard, saw and flour mills until the flood of 1913 swept through the community wiping out many of these industries. The village is now home to an elementary school, park, grocery store and several independent businesses including a funeral home.
Part of the Fort Frye school district, the community's German Catholic heritage carries through today in the annual Lowell Octoberfest. The event, staged on nearby Buell Island, typically draws tens of thousands of people looking for food, fun and entertainment. The community also hosts a Springfest in April of each year.
The village is within a short drive of Interstate 77. Emergency services are provided by a part-time police department, the Washington County Sheriff's Office and volunteer fire department.
Fast facts- 2000 Census Data
Total Households: 258
Median Household Income: $30,865
Median Age: 38.5
Average Household Size: 2.43
Lowell Elementary School
Buell Island, now the home of the relocated and renovated Straight Run one-room school house.
Robert Carpenter picks strawberries at the R&K Wagner Farm in Lowell.