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Monday, November 24,2014
Holiday Historic Homes

2014 Holiday Historic Church Tour

Event takes place Dec. 7

This year's tour features five churches in uptown Athens. They are listed here as they are known today in order of the date established: First Presbyterian, 1809; First United Methodist, 1812; Saint Paul Catholic, c. 1845; Mount Zion Baptist, 1872; and First Christian, Disciples of Christ, 1886.
Monday, November 24,2014
Holiday Historic Homes

First Presbyterian Church

In 1808, Presbyterian minister, Jacob Lindley, Waterford, Ohio, was invited by the Trustees of Ohio University to become first president of the University. In 1809, he organized the First Presbyterian Society of Athens and served as pastor until 1827. Original Society members were: Joshua Wyatt and wife, Josiah Coe, Arthur Coates, Dr. Eliphaz Perkins, Alvin Bingham, Sally Foster, Mrs. Lindley, and James Weir. By 1820, membership reached 177.
Monday, November 24,2014
Holiday Historic Homes

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

After the Civil War, Disciples of Christ minister, A. P. Frost, began evangelical outreach in Athens. Early converts were prominent citizens Harvey Roach, The Colers, Mrs. E. J. Jones, the Van Pelts, the Resolved Fullers, and the Earl Woodworths. They were joined by additional converts under Rev. Benjamin Franklin. Organizational efforts were unsuccessful.
Monday, November 24,2014
Holiday Historic Homes

Mount Zion Baptist Church

Black Athenians also joined in the effort to establish a church. In 1872, a group of Baptists met to worship in the home of Joseph and Henrietta Miller. In addition to the Millers were Frank Hall, Martha Hall, Thomas Howell, Sarah Fisher, and Horace Goins. With the help of Rev. Butler Harper, Portsmouth, Ohio, the group moved to a building on the Hall property to worship. Here, they organized and became The Mount Zion Baptist Church. By 1876, Mount Zion Baptists began building their first church at 21-23 South Lancaster Street. They reached out to the entire community for help and many responded at community suppers, services on the College Green, and Fairground Camp Meetings. By 1882, the church building was completed and paid for. During the late 1800s, the church membership grew as did the need for a larger church.
Monday, November 24,2014
Holiday Historic Homes

Saint Paul Catholic Church

The first Irish family to settle in Athens County was that of Peter Fagan in 1834. The first land purchase had been made by Edward Sheridan in 1826 when he worked in New York City. In 1838, Edward and his family moved to his Canaan Township land. In 1848, the Fagan and Sheridan families were joined by James Walsh, Patrick Mulligan, the Browns, and the John Fagan family. They were from the same or neighboring counties in Ireland.
Monday, November 24,2014
Holiday Historic Homes

First United Methodist Church

The First United Methodist Church had its beginning in 1800 when Rev. Mr. James Quinn, a Methodist circuit rider, held a service for several families in their cabins. In 1806, Rev. Peter Cartwright, a major force in frontier Methodism, organized a Methodist Society in Athens Township. In 1812, the Athens Methodist Society was recognized as an established religious entity by the Ohio Legislature when it directed the Ohio University Board of Trustees to "lease a piece of the public commons" to the Society to build its church.
Tuesday, November 26,2013
Holiday Historic Homes

2013 Holiday Historic Homes Tour

Athens County Historical Society and The Athens NEWS offer a peek at historic homes in Athens

The history of Athens Co. spans over two hundred years, beginning with the establishment of Ohio University as the first university in the Northwest Territory in 1804. Our community is blessed with wonderful historic structures, which have been carefully maintained for posterity.

While many of the business and university buildings are still in use and regularly accessible to the general public, the magnificent houses of the time are not. The Athens Co. Historical Society and Museum, with sponsorship from The Athens NEWS, is offering the community a rare glimpse of these beautiful homes with its 2013 Holiday Historic Home Tour, slated for Sun., December 8th.

Read on and enjoy a brief look at the history of five of these lovely residences.

Special thanks go to Mrs. Joanne D. Prisley, whose research, memories and writing contributed immensely to this publication.

To read the digital edition click here.

Tuesday, November 26,2013
Holiday Historic Homes

2 University Terrace

Louis I. and Mildred Francis Brown Home, Ohio University Contemporary History Institute

Brown House is a contributing structure in the Ohio University College Green Historic District. There is some confusion as to its actual construction date. In the building's description in the historic district documents, the construction date is listed as 1884, crossed out and 1929 substituted. A similar conflict occurs on the 1977 Ohio Historic Inventory document, where the date is listed as c. 1884, crossed out and replaced with 1930, and then that date crossed out. However, both documents agree on the description of the structure:
Tuesday, November 26,2013
Holiday Historic Homes

60 Elmwood Place

Andy and Kristina Snow Home

This attractive red brick Craftsman Bungalow is a part of the newly established East State Street/Elmwood Place Historic District. It is one of five homes constructed on Elmwood Place from 1920 to 1926, a period of growth for both Ohio University and the McBee Binder Company.


Tuesday, November 26,2013
Holiday Historic Homes

52 University Terrace

General Charles H. Grosvenor, Ohio University Konneker Aumni Center

Early in 1900, Charles Grosvenor had his architect cousin, Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, design a family home on University Terrace to join the elegant houses of well-to-do Athenians surrounding the Ohio University College Green. The Georgian Revival home was completed in 1901. According to Ohio Historic Inventory forms, the building has "wooden ionic columns which support the entry portico; Greek fretwork lintels; a wrap-around veranda; and seven fireplaces."
 
 
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