In 1796, The United States Congress granted Ebenezer Zane three tracts of land as payment for his completion of Zane’s Trace, an early road in the Northwest Territory that connected Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia) to Limestone, Kentucky (now Maysville).
Those sections of land are now three Ohio towns: Zanesville, Lancaster, and Chillicothe.
In 1800, near the Hockhocking River, Lancaster was founded along the beautiful and formidable Standing Stone, now known to the locals as Mt. Pleasant.
Old Ebenezer mapped the town in 20 squares. Square Thirteen runs along Broad and High Streets between Mulberry and Chestnut. If you were to take a walk around the square today, you would be met with one of the best collections of 19th century houses in a concentrated area, built in New England, Southern, and Philadelphia styles.
Picturesque Fairfield County is home to more covered bridges than any other Ohio County. Were you to walk across the weathered, antique-red, John Bright #2 bridge and along Fetter’s Run, you would feel yourself slowly time-traveling to the early 19th century where folks would gather in fine homes like the Georgian. On down the hill sits the Sherman House and the Ewing House, once home to General William Tecumseh Sherman and Thomas Ewing, the latter of whom had migrated to Ohio from the Kanawha Valley in what is now West Virginia.
And so Square Thirteen is named, not for any ties to the elites of a Midwestern town, but for its direct tie to Ewing’s Appalachian heritage. And their music, although mostly original, unapologetically pays homage to those very same mountains.