Xenia, Ohio

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Xenia (pronounced /ˈziːnjə/ ZEEN-yə) is a city in and the county seat of Greene County, Ohio, United States.[3] The municipality is located in southwestern Ohio 21 miles from Dayton and is part of the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area. The name comes from the Greek word Xenia (ξενία), which means "hospitality".

    • correction : The greek word ξενία, comes from the word philoxenia, as in Philadelphia, where philo means friendly and ξενία means not from here, stranger, alas philoxenia means friendly towards strangers... **

Many of its residents supported the Underground Railroad in the years before the Civil War.

As of the 2000 census, the city had a population of 24,164. Xenia is the 3rd largest city in Greene County, behind Fairborn and Beavercreek.



Xenia was founded in 1803, the year Ohio was admitted into the Union. In that year, pioneer John Paul bought 2,000 acres (8 km²) of land from Thomas and Elizabeth Richardson of Hanover County, Virginia, for "1050 pounds current moneys of Virginia." Paul influenced county commissioners to locate the town seat on this land at the forks of the Shawnee Creeks.

Joseph C. Vance was named to survey the site and lay out the town. The following year, he bought the town site of 257 acres (1.04 km2) from John Paul for $250. The name of the new village was chosen in typically democratic fashion. Vance called a town meeting to discuss possible names. The committee had considered several suggestions without reaching any decision. Then the Rev. Robert Armstrong proposed the name "Xenia," meaning "hospitality" in Greek, because of the fine hospitality extended to him in this friendly community. When a tie developed, Laticia Davis, wife of Owen Davis, was invited to cast the deciding ballot. She voted for "Xenia."

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