ss_blog_claim=c53e9ec92a7dc61f0c7fbc60e189fc3d The Endless Life's Journey: HISTORICAL PLACES IN NORTHEAST OHIO

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1. Custer Memorial- A bronze statue stands on the site of George Armstrong Custer's birthplace. Only the foundation of the house remains at this roadside park and picnic area. Visitors at the exhibit pavilion may read about Custer's life and the spirited qualities of the young soldier whose "Last Stand" has made his name a household word. Custer, born in 1839, became famous as a daring cavalryman during the Civil War.It is partially handicapped accessible. The Custer Memorial is on the north side of State Route 646 at the west edge of New Rumley north of Cadiz, in Harrison County. The Admission fee is free

2. Fort Laurens- Named in honor of Henry Laurens, then president of the Continental Congress, Fort Laurens was built in 1778 in an ill-fated campaign to attack the British at Detroit. Supplying this wilderness outpost was its downfall, as its starving garrison survived on boiled moccasins and withstood a month-long siege by British-led Indians. The fort was abandoned in 1779.

Today, only the outline of the fort remains, but a small museum commemorates the frontier soldier, houses a video giving the fort's history and archaeological artifacts from the fort's excavation.
The large park surrounding the museum is an ideal picnic site, with two shelters, and the location for periodic military reenactments. The remains of the soldiers who died defending the fort are buried in a crypt in the museum wall and at the Tomb of the Unknown Patriot of the American Revolution. Fort Laurens is at the south edge of Bolivar, in Tuscarawas County, on County Road 102 about 1/2 mile south of State Route 212. Exit I-77 at State Route 212. There is an admission fee

3. McCook House- This large brick house is a memorial to the "Fighting McCooks," a nickname given to the family because of their military service during the Civil War.

Daniel McCook built this home and his family lived here until 1853. During the Civil War, Daniel's family contributed nine soldiers to the Union cause including 5 generals. Brother John's family contributed 5 officers. Four of Daniel's family including Daniel himself died in the conflict.
The restored house has several period rooms and a large room of exhibits on the McCook family and the Civil War. The McCook House is located on the west side of the public square in Carrollton in Carroll County. There is a small admission fee

4. Museum of Ceramics- The East Liverpool Museum of Ceramics houses an extensive collection of the wares produced by "America's Crockery City." Related displays on the social, political, and economic history of this town show the impact of industry on the community. Ceramic manufacturing was more important in East Liverpool during the late-nineteenth century than is steel production in Pittsburgh or automobile manufacturing in Detroit today. Located in the former city post office, the museum is a graphic example of the adaptive use of old buildings. The exhibits in the museum depict the growth and development of East Liverpool and its ceramic industry from 1840 to 1930, the period when the city's potteries produced over 50% of the ceramics manufactured in the United States. Through the skillful use of photographs, artifacts and life-size dioramas, the exhibits vividly portray the products and life of one of Ohio's most unique cities. The Museum of Ceramics is at 400 East Fifth Street on the corner of Broadway, in East Liverpool, in Columbiana County. There is an admission fee

5. Quaker Meeting House- This three-story brick building was erected in Mount Pleasant in 1814 and was the first yearly Quaker meeting house west of the Alleghenies.

Capable of holding 2,000 persons, the building contains an auditorium with a balcony. The auditorium can be divided into two rooms by lowering a wooden partition; when the building was actively used by Quakers, men and women met separately. Jesse Thomas and Robert Carothers laid out Mount Pleasant in 1803. It soon became an important market for Quaker settlers. The Mount Pleasant meeting house was used regularly until 1909. Quaker Meeting House is on the southwest edge of Mount Pleasant, in Jefferson County, a few blocks north of the intersection of State Route 150 and State Route 647. There is an Admission Fee

6. Schoenbrunn- The Moravian church founded Schoenbrunn ("beautiful spring") in 1772 as a mission to the Delaware Indians. The settlement grew to include sixty dwellings and more than 300 inhabitants who drew up Ohio's first civil code and built its first Christian church and schoolhouse.

Problems associated with the American Revolution prompted Schoenbrunn's closing in 1777. Schoenbrunn's story features a rare meeting of Indian and European cultures and a fascinating perspective on the American Revolution.

Today the reconstructed village includes seventeen log buildings, gardens, the original mission cemetery, and a museum and visitor center. The site also includes natural areas and picnic facilities. Schoenbrunn Village is at the southeast edge of New Philadelphia, in Tuscarawas County, on State Route 259. It is about four miles southeast of exit 81 off of I-77. There is a fee

7. Shaker Historical Museum- The Shaker museum is housed in a local mansion overlooking Upper Shaker Lake. The museum exhibits a large collection of Shaker objects. Many are from North Union, a Shaker colony founded in 1822 and located in what is now the city of Shaker Heights. The museum also has a library with collections from both the 19th-century Shakers and 20th-century Shaker Heights. By 1850 North Union was a prosperous community of 200. At first it sold produce and handmade furniture to nearby communities. Cleveland's mass production industries eventually put them out of business. The colony disbanded in 1889.

No architectural remnants of North Union Colony remain. The Shaker's legacy of simplicity of life style and concepts of equality, freedom, and social justice remain.
The Shaker Historical Museum is located in Shaker Heights at 16740 South Park Blvd. South Park is one block north of Shaker Blvd. off Warrensville Center Road in Cuyahoga County. There is a small fee

8. Tallmadge Church- A Tallmadge committee of seven men developed plans for building the church in 1819 and appointed one of their members, Lemuel Porter, as the architect and builder. The church raising began in July of 1822 and the church was dedicated on 8 September 1825.

Reflecting Porter's design, the wood, brace-framed church features a Greek Revival portico, supported by four large columns, and a dominant one-hundred-foot-high steeple with a weathervane. The main building measured forty-four feet wide by fifty-six feet long. Tallmadge Church is on the public circle of the city of Tallmadge, in Summit County, at the intersection of State Route 91 and State Route 261. There is no fee.

9. Youngstown Historical Center- The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor provides a dramatic overview of the impact of the iron and steel industry on Youngstown and other Mahoning Valley communities. The building, designed by renowned architect Michael Graves in 1986, houses the museum's permanent exhibit, By the Sweat of Their Brow: Forging the Steel Valley, explores labor, immigration and urban history, using videos, artifacts, photographs, and reconstructed scenes.

Objects on display range from workers' tools and clothing to "last heats," the last batches of steel produced at each of the mills before they closed. Hundreds of photographs, some more than 30 feet long, are used throughout the museum. Videos examine topics such as housing, recreation, and urban history. Life-size scenes---including a mill's locker room, part of a company-built house, and a blooming mill, where steel ingots were shaped for further processing---help visitors understand steelmaking and the lives of steelworkers.

In addition to the permanent exhibit, the Center offers educational programs, Ohio History Store giftshop and a library/archives. Part of the Ohio Network of American History Research Centers, the Archives/Library serves as a repository for local government records, as well as manuscripts collected from workers, companies and labor organizations. The Youngstown Historical Center is located at 151 W. Wood Street in Mahoning County. Wood Street is located between Wick Avenue and Fifth Avenue. It is one block North of downtown and two blocks South of Youngstown State University. There is a fee

10. Zoar Village- Founded by the German religious dissenters called the Society of Separatists of Zoar in 1817 as a communal society, Zoar today is an island of Old-World charm in east-central Ohio. Many of the German-style structures built by the Zoarites have been restored and are open to the public as Zoar Village State Memorial. Others are privately-owned, and serve as residences, shops, restaurants and bed and breakfast inns.

Visitors can experience the life of the agrarian Separatists by visiting the ten restored buildings (Number One House, Kitchen/Magazine Complex, Bimeler Museum, Garden House, Bakery, Tinshop, Dairy, Wagon Shop, Blacksmith Shop and Zoar Store), which are staffed with costumed interpreters and furnished with items made or used by the Separatists. Some buildings are staffed, others open by guided tour. Volunteers give craft demonstrations during the many yearly special events. Zoar Village is located 2.5 miles east of I-77 (exit 93) on State Route 212. It is between New Philadelphia and Canton in Tuscarawas County. There is a Fee.


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