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Bremen, Ohio is located in Fairfield County about 30 miles southeast of Columbus.



Bremen History


Bremen Area Historical Society

Bremen Historical Mural

Historic Mural

The 10’ x 45’ Bremen Downtown Revitalization mural depicts Bremen at its best. It is located on the west-facing wall on the corner of Main St. and Broad St. in the downtown commercial district.

Melody Borchers, Bremen Downtown Revitalization Program Manager, said “Bremen’s town mural is a work of art depicting a ‘street scene’ that includes several elements of the Village of Bremen. The message of the mural tells its visitors, olde Bremen Village is a great place to live, worship, shop and visit.” The mural was entirely paid for by private funds raised by the Downtown Volunteer Corp. Contributions came from local businesses, organizations and citizens.

The muralist, Matt Indrutz, is the owner of Muralworks, a full-service art studio specializing in custom, hand-painted surfaces.

Click here for more information about the unveiling of this historical mural.

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Bremen History

Olde Bremen with derricks

George Berry founded Bremen in 1834 naming the new village after his father-in-law's hometown of Bremen, Germany. During the 1800s the village grew slowly, serving mainly as a service center for local farmers. In the 1850s the railroad came to Bremen. Then in 1907, oil was discovered in Bremen. Due to the boom, Bremen grew quickly and accumulated much wealth. The profit brought in by the oil was used to establish local industry, build a downtown commercial center, and line the streets of Bremen with beautiful homes (many of which can be seen today in the town).

In 1907, Bremen, Ohio, was considered “Oil City.” Most of the villagers were in some way related to or were oil drillers themselves. Bremen was a boomtown. The Village was growing slowly in 1884, with a population of 200 inhabitants. However, this all changed with the “oil boom,” which began around 1907. Small quantities of gas and oil had been produced by local wells before this, but when wells began producing 140 barrels per day and 250 barrels per day, the race was on! Bremen enjoyed unparalleled prosperity during the next seven or eight years, then settled down to become an agricultural community once again. Outlying areas, including the private sector, also reaped the benefits of the gas and oil industry.

One of the many oil derricks built in the 1920s still stands today and is a great symbol of such a resilient and influencing generation. It is located in Howell Park in the Village of Bremen. In 1984, the derrick was disassembled and moved from a farm in eastern Perry County, near Roseville, to Bremen. There, it was reconstructed to its original state of operation by a grassroots’ effort by many of the local businesses, townspeople and merchants around the Bremen area. The sole purpose for raising the derrick in the park was the great Sesquicentennial Celebration that the Village staged for being in existence for 150 years.

Citizens published a book called Bremen 1834, 1934 and 1984 for the centennial celebrations. A newsletter is published by the Bremen Area Historical Society six times per year, which is mailed to nearly 200 members, coast to coast.

The Bremen Area Historical Society holds an annual Dinner Theatre as a fundraiser. It always sells out and the play is written and performed by local citizens.

The oil boom continued until the mid-1920s after which Bremen’s citizens began working in the industries that had been established during the oil craze and returned to farming. The way of life remains much the same in Bremen today. Bremen offers many activities for its citizens and visitors, which culminates the last weekend of September with our annual Oil Derrick Days celebration.

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Oil Derrick Restoration Project

Oil derrick at Howell Park is being restored. To learn more about this project and to contribute your time and money contact Earl Lehman at elehman@greenapple.com

Oil Derrick Restoration Project


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