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Portage - Mantua


The village of Mantua in Portage County shares its name with an Italian commune the Tappan family, one of the most prominent families in the area back in the day, came to know and love. But despite the Lombard name, Mantua retains a distinct Northeast Ohio personality characterized by a love for outdoor recreation and potatoes.

Mantua was formed out of parts from nearby Mantua Township and now features over one square mile of total area. About 1,100 residents live comfortably here. Two roads— High Street and Main Street—divide the community into four sections. Of the four, the largest is the southeastern side, where the landscape is dominated by the Marsh Wetlands State Nature Preserve. Both Cleveland and Akron are roughly a 30- to 40-minute drive away.

Interested in living in Mantua? Learn more about the village and homes for sale below.

Potatoes with a side of gravy

One of the most unique things about Mantua is its trademark event: the Mantua Potato Festival. Established in 1938, the annual had to be paused in the 1940s because of World War II. Almost 30 years later, the Potato Festival came back and now it's better than ever.

What goes on during the Mantua Potato Festival? A lot. Activities include live music performances, tournaments, potato eating and decorating contests, and even a beauty contest where the winner gets crowned Potato Queen. The entire festival is a three-day affair that is usually held every September.

Relaxing water recreation

Residents make the most out of the Upper Cuyahoga Scenic River, which flows through the heart of Mantua. Popular activities in the village include fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. For those who prefer to be on dry land, picnic spots and trails are scattered across Mantua.

Beautiful choices in Mantua Ohio real estate

Homes for sale in Mantua include three- to four-bedroom single-family residences surrounded by quiet woods and greenery. Vacant lots are also plentiful for those who dream of building their very own custom home.

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