The Ohio & Erie Canal was completed from Cleveland to Akron in 1827. From the Mustill Site, the canal rose 15 locks to the summit in Akron. The “Cascade Mill Race,” built by Dr. Eliakim Crosby in 1832, paralleled the canal, creating a large manufacturing center of mills that derived water power from the Little Cuyahoga River. The canal carried products north to Lake Erie or south to the Ohio River reaching worldwide ports. In March 1913 flood ended canal operations in this area. The Mustill house and store are survivors of Akron’s canal era and date to the 1840s. Joseph and Sarah Mustill moved their family from England to Akron in 1833 and owned the store and Greek Revival house at Lock 15 on the Ohio & Erie Canal. Three generations of Mustills lived and worked the grocery business at Lock 15. first Joseph and Sarah, then son Fred with his wife Emma, and their children Maria, Frederick, Edwin, and Franklin. A popular place to buy or barter goods, the store served canallers, farmers, craftsmen, and neighbors for many years.
This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1913. The exact location is 41° 5.485′ N, 81° 31.078′ W. Marker is in Akron, Ohio, in Summit County. Marker is at the intersection of West North Street and Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, on the right when traveling west on West North Street. It is in the parking lot for the Cascade Locks Park Association Mustill Store Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 89 W North St, Akron OH 44304, United States of America.
The restored Mustill Store and butcher shop, now a museum as well as a visitors center for Cascade Locks Park, is one of the oldest structures in Akron, dating from about 1847. Located next to the store is the restored Mustill House where the family lived. Canal boats often tied up in the wide basin just north of Lock 15, to shop or trade at this market. The Mustill Store also catered to Akron residents, who frequently ran into “canalers” in the store. Three generations of Mustills serviced canal users until the late 1880s. The Mustill Store Museum is free to the general public, handicap accessible, and perfect for all ages. Bed Bug Exterminator Akron
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