DescriptionAntwerp is in the middle of a region once known as the Great Black Swamp. This thickly forested area, almost completely submerged, was avoided by all westbound settlers until draining encouraged the development of small industries, such as bucket and oar factories.
In the 1840s canals built along the Maumee River provided a means of transportation through the area. Interest in the fertile swampland grew, and a vast reclamation project transformed the once forbidding region into farmland. Antwerp soon developed into the farming community it now is.