Part of the Connecticut Western Reserve, Kent was settled in 1805 and was known for many years as Franklin Mills.
It is located along the Cuyahoga River in Northeast Ohio on the western edge of the county.
state of Ohio and the largest city in Portage County.
Kent has nearly 20 parks and preserves and hosts a number of annual festivals including ones related to Earth Day, folk music, and the U. Kent is part of the Cleveland-Akron media market and is the city of license for three local radio stations and three television stations and includes the regional affiliates for National Public Radio (NPR) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
Local transportation infrastructure includes a public bus service and hike-and-bike trails.
As part of the Connecticut Western Reserve, the area was divided into survey townships in 1798 and almost all of what is now Kent was originally part of Town 3 Range 9, which would eventually be known as Franklin Township.
Franklin Township was surveyed in 1803 and settled in November 1805 when John Haymaker and his family moved west from Warren to the banks of the Cuyahoga River.
With the decline of the canal and the emergence of the railroad, the town became the home of the Atlantic and Great Western Railroad maintenance shops through the influence of Marvin Kent.
In 1864 the town was renamed Kent in honor of and in gratitude for Marvin Kent's efforts.
The region was originally inhabited by various tribes of American Indians, including the early Mound Builders.
Around 1780, Captain Samuel Brady achieved notoriety for his activities in the area, including his famous leap of 21 feet (6 m) over the Cuyahoga River to avoid capture by an unknown band of American Indians.
They were joined by John's brother George and their father Jacob Haymaker and their families early the next year, and built a gristmill in 1807.