Washington township was organized March 4, 1816.  It is six miles square and contains thirty-six sections.  The surface is broken, but is generally fertile, and a number of rich little valleys lie between its rugged hills.  Richland county is noted for its springs of cool, pure water and Washington township has its full share of them.

Considerable land in the central part of Washington township was not wanted during the earlier period of the settlement of the county, because that locality was hilly and the land rough.

One of the highest elevations in Ohio is the “Settlement” hill, near the center of Washington township, five miles south of Mansfield, on the old State road.  The elevation is 932 feet above Lake Erie, and 370 feet higher than Mansfield.  Further south is the Sheckler hill, which has an altitude almost as high as the Settlement hill.

Washington Twp.
source:  Mansfield News, 24 January 1903
Submitted by Jean and Faye