The perception is much different from reality for my little hometown, the town of Ceredo was founded during the most tumultuous time in American history, it was founded right in the middle of a disputed territory and the reasons behind its founding are quite unique. Ceredo was founded in the late 1850’s as the United States was being torn apart by sectional differences; the argument can be made that the founding of Ceredo is a perfect illustration of that division. Ceredo is on the border of Kentucky and Ohio so, at the time, it was the absolute furthest place west in the Old Dominion. It was this location, at the very edge of slave holding territory that would bring abolitionist eyes to the area.
The founding of Ceredo was no accident, there were very distinct reasons for the founding of the town, the location of the town and for the early government as well. Ceredo was founded as an experiment of sorts, the idea was that northern land speculators were going to buy up land in slave holding states and establish towns that were fueled on the back of free labor, not the slave labor that had built the south. This was a revolutionary idea, especially when the state being targeted was Virginia. The man behind the idea for Ceredo was a man who had experience founding free labor colonies in the bloody Kansas territory during the 1850’s, Eli Thayer
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