Alive with History
The Village of Ghent is in Bath Township. The name Ghent does not appear as a community until the beginning of the mills period, which was during the War of 1812 and Perry’s victory on Lake Erie. It is quite certain that the settlement was named for the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the War of 1812, December 14, 1814. As you probably know, the treaty was concluded at Ghent, Belgium which the Belgians pronounced “Gant” with hard ‘g’. With the normal independence of Western Reserves, we pronounce it as we would “Gent” with a soft ‘g’ like ‘j’.
(From the Mills and Industries of the Yellow Creek Valley authored by the Bath Township Historical Society, 1980)