Prior to 1866, Holgate and the surrounding area was nothing but wilderness, swamp and wild animals,
better known as the Black Swamp.
Ground was surveyed and platted in 1873 and then consolidated with properties to the west to be
named Holgate. At that time it was surrounded by a hardwood forest.
Today, the Village of Holgate, with a population of 1,200, is surrounded by productive and
well-maintained farms. It boasts a beautiful, new K-12 school, many churches and successful businesses.