The Village of Genoa invites visitors and residents alike to embrace the history of the Midwest while enjoying amenities of comfortable 21st century living.
Incorporated in 1868, Genoa is located in the southwestern corner of Ottawa County in northwest Ohio. State Route 163 passes through the south end of town, providing access to the Ohio Turnpike and I-75. State Route 51 passes through the north end of town, providing access to the scenic Lake Erie shoreline, or the hustle and bustle of the City of Toledo.
The heart of the community is the historic downtown business district, with shops and restaurants that keep the historical storefronts and thrive on the local economy. Tourists from across the United States and local residents enjoy shopping for whimsical garden decorations, fine interior decorations, high-quality jewelry, collectors’ items, and hand-made (world famous) pottery. Several locally owned and operated establishments in the area, for dining and social gatherings, keep the local flavor vital.
The 600 block of Main Street is on the National Historic Registry. The Village Town Hall is the location of many official meetings and also houses a working Opera House. The well-maintained property also features a Fireman’s Memorial. Just a block east, visitors and residents alike enjoy the Veterans Memorial Park including picnic shelters, walking trails, baseball fields, tennis courts, sledding hill, basketball courts, skate park, quarry swimming, and a war memorial. The Grand Army Republic Post is currently being restored and is included in the Registry because it is one of the 7 remaining buildings (of the original 725) from the Civil War Era. The Lourdes Grotto, in the 200 block of Main Street, was built in 1933.
Genoa Area Schools keep local youth involved and many graduates find success in college and/or trades. Local banks continue to support the residents, and Village politicians are very interested in the lives of the citizens. Residents may choose to attend religious services, within the Village, at one of our many local churches.
A variety of community events sponsored by local businesses and residents add to the appeal of Genoa. Starting in the spring with the farmers’ market and continuing through the year with custom car cruise-ins, street fairs, homecoming, the Halloween parade, the holiday open house, and performances at the Civic Theatre Opera House (1865). All these events contribute to the vibrancy and charm Of Genoa.
So, if you’re in the area and want to experience the charm of a classic Americana community, by all means, stop in and enjoy a day or, perhaps, a life-time.