Patten Family Makes History in Scioto County
Check out Scioto County, and several interesting traditions come to light, including: the John Simon Sorghum Festival, held on his Ohio Century Farm for more than 30 years; the Jaycees’ Trout Derby at Shawnee State Park will soon celebrate 50 years; and the Jaycees’ Christmas Parade has delighted onlookers for more than 70 years.
The Patten Farm adds to the county’s history with its more than 200 years of same-family ownership.
Founder Thomas Patten of Kentucky paid $434 for 270 acres of land in the French Grant of the Northwest Territory in October 1796. The deed for this land was recorded in Adams County. The farm became part of Scioto County when it was formed in 1803.
The Patten line continued with Abner, the second in the family line to own the property. He was followed by Uriah, Francis Marion, William, W. Leslie and then Francis W. and Helen Patten. The farm has remained in the Patten family since 1796.
The farm is located in Green Township, and today consists of 91 acres.