Thomas Jefferson was involved in the creation of the public land measurement system.Land description that we use today is possible because of this rectangular measurement system.
The measurement system went through a 21-year trial and error period mainly in Ohio.The system was found workable and adopted as the U.S. Land Measurement System in 1805.
1 Sq. Mile
10 Sq. Chains
160 Sq. Rods
43,560 Sq. Feet
An Acre is about 208 1/4 feet square
5 1/2 Yards
An acre is about 8 rods wide
16 1/2 Feet
20 rods long, or any area the product
of whose length by its width (in rods)
is 160 or in chains is 10.
7 7/8 Inches
1 Sq. Rod
30 1/4 Sq. Yds.
272 1/4Sq. Ft.
16 1/2 Feet
1 Sq. Ft.
144 Sq. Inches
A section of land
OHIO’S HISTORIC FAMILY FARMS: PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Ohio's Agricultural Heritage
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (May 10, 2016) – The Ohio Department of Agriculture recognizes the social, economic, and historic contributions of Ohio’s family farms through its Ohio's Historic Family Farms Program, which recognizes farms that have remained in the same family for at least 100 years. More than 1,400 farms are registered as Century, Sesquicentennial or Bicentennial Farms, with at least two farms represented in each of the state's 88 counties.
In 1993, the department began collaborating with Ohio’s Country Journal and the Ohio Historical Society to administer the Outstanding Ohio Century Farm Program. Annually, eight regional Outstanding Century Farms were announced at the Ohio State Fair, and one overall winner was unveiled at the Farm Science Review.
In 2003, the department became the sole sponsor of the program, and the Outstanding Ohio Century Farm Program evolved into the Ohio Century Farm Program. To recognize the special history of each of these farms, the department presented certificates signed by the governor and the director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture to all registered farm families.
In 2013, the department adopted the Ohio Bicentennial Farm title to distinguish those farms which had reached 200 years of same-family ownership. That year, the department began recognizing the Bicentennial Farm families at their local fairs.
The Ohio Sesquicentennial Farm designation was added to the historic farms program in 2016.
The department commissioned an official yard sign available to Century Farm owners in 2005. Bicentennial and Sesquicentennial Farm signs are also offered to qualifying farm owners. These signs are now displayed across the state. Additional Information Visit the website (www.agri.ohio.gov/divs/cent_farms/)for more information, including a list of current Ohio Historic Family Farms and a downloadable registration form. Questions can be directed toward the department’s Office of Communication - 614-752-9817.