Residents of all ages can choose from hundreds of recreational activities, public arts programs, concerts and celebrations. Quality shopping, fine restaurants and plentiful entertainment are within easy access, while 900 acres of green space beckon people to get out and explore. Nearby Dayton also offers a full array of top-shelf arts and culture – from theater, dance and musical performances to minor league baseballand museums.
Washington Township (which includes the City of Centerville) offers residents a quality of life that is second to none. Accessibility from I-675 and I-75 has contributed to the fastest growth in the Dayton-Cincinnati region, while progressive leadership and planning have resulted in safe, controlled development.
A well-balanced mix of residential developments includes single family, condominium, and apartments in a range of architectural styles and prices, interspersed with planned green space for a spacious, open feeling. The area also features a strong, upscale business base.
Compiled from “A Sense of Place” by Centerville-Washington History
Washington Township was first surveyed in 1796 by Revolutionary War veterans and brothers-in-law Aaron Nutt, Benjamin Robbins, and Benjamin Archer. At the time, the area was heavily forested with Oak, Hickory, Beech, Ash, Elm, Walnut, Dogwood, and Poplar trees. Black bear, deer, elk and wolves roamed freely. Occasional groups of Indians were seen. It was described by pioneers as an amazingly fertile land with fine springs and a system of creeks that provided an adequate supply of fresh water.
In the early 1800s, another Revolutionary War veteran, Dr. John Hole, moved to the area and opened the first two sawmills. Dr. Hole was the first doctor in Montgomery County, and his practice took him as far as Springfield, Xenia and Hamilton. He was present at the battles of Bunker Hill, Quebec, and Montmorency, and was in attendance when General Richard Montgomery died of wounds suffered in battle. It is claimed Dr. Hole suggested the name Montgomery be used for the county.
Washington Township remained a quiet, rural community until the mid-20th century. Since then, the township has grown substantially to over 32,000 people in the unincorporated area, and another 23,000 in the incorporated area (City of Centerville). 1996 marked the bicentennial celebration of the Township’s founding and continued growth.
Washington Township is located 84 degrees 9 minutes west longitude and 39 degrees 38 minutes north latitude. The intersection of Main and Franklin Streets is approximately 1020 feet above sea level.
Services in Centerville/Washington Township are provided not only by Washington Township, but through a cooperative network of public bodies that work for the common good. The township and the City of Centerville contribute to the funding of Centerville-Washington History, Centerville-Washington Diversity Council and Americana Festival. Other entities, such as the school district, library and park district, work separately but in coordination with local government.
Centerville City Schools
|Centerville City Schools serves about 8,000 students in Centerville/ Washington Township, offering a variety of educational programs to a diverse student population. Rated as the top school district in the Dayton area and in the top 50 nationally by niche.com, the district operates 13 schools, as well as two preschools. A fleet of 120 buses transport students daily to public schools and 15 non-public schools.|
|Washington-Centerville Public Library is a nationally-recognized library offering more than 350,000 books, movies, music and more. Convenient hours, locations, services and diverse programs make this a popular community gathering place. Locations are: Woodbourne Library, 6060 Far Hills Ave., and Centerville Library, 111 W. Spring Valley Pike.|
Centerville-Washington Park District
|Centerville-Washington Park District is responsible for maintaining 48 parks with nearly 1,000 acres of green space in Centerville/Washington Township. Programs are offered for all ages.|
|Centerville-Washington History connects the community to its heritage by collecting, preserving, interpreting, and promoting the history of our local area.|
Centerville-Washington Diversity Council
|The Centerville-Washington Diversity Council celebrates and promotes an inclusive, diverse and welcoming community for people who live, work and worship in Centerville and Washington Township.|