The Village of Westfield Center is located in southern Medina County. It is the home of the largest employer in Medina County. The Westfield Group employs over 1,700 people in the home office. Westfield Center is a diverse mix of people with different cultures, ethnicities, professions, lifestyles, religions, ages and income.
The village government is composed of an elected mayor and six elected council members. The village hall is located in the newly constructed municipal building shared with the post office. Village meetings are held monthly in the village hall located at 6701 Greenwich Rd.
The town was started in 1817, when settlers from New England homesteaded by the side of Camel Creek. Their neighbors included the Wolf and Chippewa Indians. Henry Thorndyke and James Fowler became the first landowners of the 25 square miles of the newly formed township. James Fowler named the new territory after his home, Westfield, Massachusetts.
Westfield Center was established in 1826. The village was laid out as a typical New England settlement with a central four acre green. A village hall facing the commons was built two years later and was soon joined by two churches, a general store and an inn.
The post office came in 1836 and the village somehow, as folklore tells it, became known as LeRoy. To confuse matters even further, the village was also called Henpeck, Ohio, mainly by outsiders to the consternation of the village residents. The name problem was finally resolved in 1971 when the village was once again renamed to Westfield Center (it lies in the center of Westfield Township).
No historical sketch, however brief, can ignore the impact of the Westfield Companies. The presence of “The Company” put the tiny village “on the map”.
Chartered by the Ohio legislature on February 8, 1848, the Ohio Farmers’ Insurance was founded by local farmers. In 1971, in conjunction with the village’s name change, the Ohio Farmers’ Insurance became the Westfield Companies. A company, that critics said could not succeed, celebrated 150 years of success in 1998. The company is a recognized good citizen of the community.