The Naming of Clyde, Ohio

Why Clyde? Was it some person’s name or a place? Sometime in the mid-nineteenth century, a public meeting was held for the purpose of naming Clyde, Ohio. It has been said that the meeting was held at Hamer’s Tavern, which was located in the triangle of where McPherson Highway (US 20), Maple Street and Main Street meets and connects. A host of names were proposed for the growing town. The most common names proposed, however, were Centreville, Hamersville, and Clyde. It was a Dr. Treadway, a popular local personality at the time, that proposed the name of Clyde, as well as other supporting individuals. Some of the town’s residents were not very thrilled with the choice, but relented when the majority chose it as the official name.

There were other factors, however, contributing to the official designation. The name had already been used in additional Sandusky County records, US postal department records, and regional railroad offices were listing it with that name as well. Curiously, many wonder why the name of Clyde was chosen? It seems that many of the town’s original residents were former citizens of the state of New York. In the state, there is a town named Clyde that sits in the vicinity of the Erie Canal and is located in Wayne County. Oher local historians have said some of Clyde, Ohio’s former original citizens were from Clyde, New York, which was incorporated in 1835. The New York town was named after a river in Scotland called the River Clyde. There is an actual Clyde River that runs near Clyde, New York which is a part of the Seneca River


Many original New York settlers to this area traveled via the Erie Canal from New York, including the McPherson, Russell and Birdseye families, though they hailed from Ontario County, the next-door neighbor to Wayne County. Therefore, it makes the most sense as to how this Ohio city got its name as many of its original settlers were New Yorker’s.

Nonetheless, Clyde, Ohio is a unique small Ohio city that has loads of rich local history that has contributed to regional growth and development throughout the decades. It is a small city that still continues to aid in Northwest Ohio industry and is cherished by many of its local residents. So, if you have wondered how Clyde got its name, in a very simple explanation, now you know the rest of the story!


Clyde Museum & McPherson House. n.d. "Clyde History Files."

Everett, Homer. 1882. History of Sandusky County, Ohio. Cleveland: H.Z. Williams & Bro.

Wikipedia. 2017. Clyde, New York. Accessed January 4, 2018.,_New_York.

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Clyde Heritage League
P.O. Box 97
Clyde, Ohio 43410

CHL is dedicated to the preservation of the rich heritage and history of Clyde, Ohio.

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Update: The museum has reopened for the 2020 season at our regular schedule. Our regular schedule will continue as Thursdays, 1:00-5:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 10:00-1:00 p.m.

The monthly programs for July-September remain canceled due to the continued restriction on mass gatherings exceeding groups of 10 or more.

There will be, however, mandatory requirements and guidelines that we are asking our patrons to abide by when they visit the museum:

1. The physical gift shop area will continue to be closed. We will, however, continue sales through our museum store on our website. The purchases will then be shipped to you by USPS flat rate mail, or you can call the museum and tell us what you are looking for, bring us your payment, and pick up curbside.
2. Due to the statewide mask order, all visitors, employees, and volunteers will be required to wear a mask while visiting the museum. You can bring your own or a new unused mask will be provided to you.
3. The first hour from 1-2 p.m. on Thursdays, and 10-11 a.m. on Saturdays will be specifically for our elder patrons (55 and older).
4. If you are sick or feeling symptomatic, then we ask that you stay at home and not visit the museum.
5. A maximum capacity of no more than 10 will be allowed in the museum at one time, and a mandatory distance of 6 ft. will be required at all times. If you are a family, then you are exempted and may remain together as a group.
6. We will place hand sanitizer in high traffic areas, stagger entry into different parts of the museum, disinfect high-contact surfaces hourly or as needed.

We know that these requirements and guidelines may seem a little burdensome but to stay in compliance so we can remain open, and for the sake of our patron's health and well-being, then we must put them in place and ask that they are followed. We are happy and excited for you to come and visit the museum.

Location Address:

The Clyde Museum

124 W Buckeye St.

Clyde, OH 43410

Hours: (As of July 2, 2020)

Thursdays 1:00-5:00 pm 
Saturdays 10:00 am-1:00 pm. 

You may contact us at:

419-547-7946 or email,

Curator: Gene Smith