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The Venedocia Home Page site was created in March 1996 and last
updated August 20, 2019
WELCOME TO VENEDOCIA, OHIO 45894
The smallest village in Ohio with its own home page.
109th annual Gymanfa Ganu, Sept 1 7pm at Salem Church
The Welsh Flag
Listen to the chorus of the Welsh National Anthem sung in Welsh.
to download free printable Welsh language calendars, diaries, and deskpads.
Village Junk Ordinance
(shown just below Sept 4, 2012 council minutes)
- Aerial photography of the Venedocia area
- View the Venedocia historical marker
- Read about Venedocia's rich history and view the Cemetery
and War Memorial listings
- Modern Venedocia topographic, street, and area maps
- Old historical maps of Venedocia
- Photographs of Venedocia
- Salem Presbyterian Church old web site with historical documents
- New Salem Presbyterian Church web site with newsletter and calender
- Venedocia's village government and council meeting minutes
- The Venedocia Lions Club's new web site
Venedocia (latitude 40.78N, longitude -84.44W) is located along state route 116 in
Van Wert County of Northwest
Ohio about 10 miles southeast of the city of Van Wert. The village
occupies an area of about 1/4 square mile. Its year 2010 population was estimated at 124.
Here are some additional
demographic data about Venedocia.
Venedocia was first settled around 1848 and was incorporated in
Some current residents still remember when the
was spoken in village homes and businesses.
Today Venedocia is a very pleasant
and inexpensive place to live. It is inexpensive because there is
no local income tax and because the rather low local assessed
valuation means that real estate taxes are quite low. It is
pleasant because the
tries to make it so. For
example, the village snow plow not only plows the streets, it also
plows out the entrance to private driveways of village residents at no
Considering how tiny we are, Venedocia has a lot of amenities.
The official Venedocia village logo.
Venedocia is featured in an
Ohio Magazine article.
- Our own post office, zip code 45894
- Our own telephone exchange 419-667-xxxx
- An electro plating factory,
OHIO ELECTRO POLISHING CO. Phone 667-2281.
- An excellent village park which includes public toilets, picnic
tables in a very nice shelter, tennis and basketball courts, a kids
playground, and a
lighted baseball park complete with bleachers and
a refreshment stand.
- The Venedocia Lions Club, with its own
Meetings 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at 7PM.
- The SALEM PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, a very large very impressive
looking 100 year old structure. The congregation was founded in
1848 and prior to 1895 all church services
in the village were exclusively in the Welsh language. In 1998 the
Church celebrated 150 years of
ministry (This link includes a special hymn written for this celebration).
Several documents are available concerning the history of this church.
The Venedocia internet site is featured in
The Municipal Magazine,
Columbus Dispatch, and
Lima News articles.
Download and play the VENEDOCIA VIDEO, from WLIO-TV, March 2002, 4 megabyte file in Windows Media Player (.wmv) format.
EMERGENCY VENEDOCIA AREA SHELTER:
During power outages in the village, Salem Church serves as an emergency refuge shelter for the entire community. The church will be open and have water, functioning toilets, and heat during power outage thanks to a powerful
propane fueled generator paid for in part by the Lions Club.
SAINT DAVID'S DAY dinner:
This annual event is a celebration of the village's Welsh heritage held the annually first Sunday afternoon of March. A menu in Welsh, songs sung in Welsh and English,
and an interesting guest speaker are part of the program.
The town's free Welsh festival of song is held every year on the Sunday evening of Labor Day weekend and has been an annual event since at least 1915.
The Gymanfa ganu tradition can be traced back to the 12th Century in Wales where the singing of hymns in four-part harmony began.
It has been an important part of the Venedocia Church’s life since about 1915. To hear the grand old hymns sung by
several hundred voices is an unforgettable experience. People from several states return each year.
The Gymanfa Ganu is the biggest event of the year in
People from all over Ohio and from many other states swell
the village to several times its usual population as they pack into the
Salem Presbyterian Church to sing in four part harmony. The church
thunders with hundreds of voices praising the Lord with English and
Welsh language hymns. The front doors of the church are left open and you can hear the singing a mile away to the east. Very few participants actually speak or
understand Welsh, but you are given a Welsh hymn book which makes it
easy follow along. A choral director and guest soloists, often Welsh natives,
are part of the program. The audience acts as the choir. In essence, what happens is that a professional choral director
is hired to help the audience entertain itself singing Welsh hymns.
The book SALEM PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1848-2008
Twelve years in the making, this comprehensive history of Salem Presbyterian Church is finally
available. The book is 245 pages long, with 111 pages of narrative history and 26 appendices,
including many historical documents. Photographs are included throughout the book.
Here is a sample chapter.
“I couldn’t put it down.”
“It was so interesting.”
“I was expecting something dry and boring, and this isn’t.”
To order your copy, contact the church. The price is $15 if you pick it up, or $20 if we ship the book to you. Send your check made out to Salem Presbyterian Anniversary Committee along with your address to Salem Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 678, Venedocia, OH 45894
A notice board has been erected by the Village Council on the Main Street village lot
for the purpose of displaying local government information and advertising community events.
If you want to post a notice there, please contact either the mayor, the fiscal officer, or
Gasoline prices.These links are regularly updated by volunteer price watchers to show current prices.
Current Delphos, Spencerville, and Van Wert gasoline prices
Current Lima gasoline prices
No Open Burning Allowed in Venedocia
The Middle Point Fire Department (419-968-2191), which by contract provides fire service to
Venedocia, will be enforcing
Ohio EPA Open Burning Regulations within the village. No open burning is allowed without
a permit within the village or within 1000 feet of the village. This includes burn barrels,
leaf burning, and the burning of brush and scrap wood. Significant fines are possible for
CALL TO CAMBRIA, a published novel about life in Venedocia life in the 70's.
VAN WERT COUNTY AND OHIO LINKS
Welsh society of central Ohio and their Facebook page.
Jenkins Welsh Lovespoons
County Recycling Services
Lincolnview Local Schools, one of two public school districts that serve the village.
Van Wert County Home Page with links to all aspects of county government.
Flat Lands Supply an electrical and plumbing supply business with roots in the Venedocia community.
The Van Wert Independent, a full featured on line newspaper run by journalism professionals, with up to the minute local news.
Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
The Van Wert County Fair held annually in early September.
Van Wert Common Pleas Court
The Marsh Foundation
The Van Wert Historical Museum, whose location
includes the Van Wert County Historical Society.
Spencerville. This town is located about 10 miles southeast of Venedocia.
City of Lima, located about 20 miles east of Venedocia.
The Times Bulletin, Van Wert county's daily newspaper.
Listen live via the internet to
The official City of Van Wert web site
Van Wert Health, our county hospital
Records (births/deaths) information.
Landform Atlas of Ohio
Central Insruance Company Fire Museum in Van Wert city.
The Brumback Library, this
country's oldest county library, given for free to the citizens of
Van Wert County by the Brumback family.
vanwert.com Home Page,
the Van Wert's major commercial site with lots of good city and
The Lincoln Highway
and The Lincoln Highway Association.
The part of this old transcontinental highway that is
a few miles north of the village has been restored. The restoration
includes original "Lincoln Highway" marker signs and Burma Shave signs.
WERT, Van Wert county's radio
Delphos Ohio, a nearby
town with its own web site.
Ohio Dept. of Transportation, with road construction and other useful Van Wert County road information.
Ohio Magazine, which
an article about the village in the August 1997 issue.
Telephone numbers and addresses of anyone in the Venedocia area
or anyone anywhere in the United States.
Van Wert County Police and Emergency Radio Frequency Lists
for those with scanner radio receivers.
State of Ohio Government Front Page
WALES AND WELSH CULTURE LINKS
Sports Council for Wales
THE WALES-OHIO PROJECT. Digitizing the archive of the Welsh in Ohio, from the NATIONAL LIBRARY OF WALES.. This very interesting site has
digitized documents, mostly maps and personal letters, about Venedocia and other Welsh settlements in Ohio.
The National Botanic Garden of Wales
Welsh Rugby Union supporters club site.
Welsh League of Arizona latest news from Wales.
Keltic Designs, t-shirts, clothing, notepaper, artwork, gifts etc. by artist Jen Delyth.
Anglesey, the largest island in England and Wales
BBC's History of Wales
BBC Radio Wales. Listen to the broadcasts on the internet.
The Harp and Dragon, sales from Cortland NY of Welsh flags, harps, crafts, books, and recordings.
The Red Dragon of Wales, a site with stories of ancient history and modern Welsh nationalism.
Ninnau, the North American Welsh Newspaper.
A Welsh Guinea Pig's Night To Remember, an amusing 2001 newspaper article.
Welsh International Football (soccer) site
Welsh cottages. Rent a vacation cottage in Wales.
Madog Center for Welsh Studies at Rio Grande, Ohio.
Wales National Eisteddfod
The Owain Glyndwr Society
Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu Association
GWALES.COM an on line source of Welsh and Welsh interest books.
The National Assembly for Wales, official site of the new Welsh legislative assembly.
Croeso Betws, the bilingual web site of Betws-y-Coed village in Snowdonia National Park. Here you can arrange accommodation with local Welsh speaking families.
The castles of Wales.
Colorado Welsh Society.
Welsh-American Genealogical Association
Plaid Cymru the Welsh
nationalist party, the second largest political party in Wales.
- Land of Inspiration. Web site of the Wales
A Brief History
of Wales and other Welsh information by Peter N. Williams Ph.D.
This scholarly site is excellent!
This web site, www.venedocia.org, is owned by the Village of Venedocia, Ohio.
It is maintained by Charles Good
whose email address is