One House’s Story: The Ohliger Family

This home was built by an immigrant who had, through years of hard work, become a prominent and respected member of the community. Unfortunately, he was only able to enjoy his new family home for a short time. A note about addresses: House numbers and street names often change over time. The Ohliger family boardedContinue reading “One House’s Story: The Ohliger Family”

One House’s Story: The Mathias Family

Many older and larger homes in a community are converted to multi-family dwellings later on in life. New Philadelphia has many such homes, but they all started as the home of a single family with their own story. This is the story of one of those homes. A note about addresses: House numbers and streetContinue reading “One House’s Story: The Mathias Family”

One House’s Story: The Walton Family (no, not them)

When you drive down Fair Avenue in New Philadelphia, Ohio you see a variety of homes in differing architectural styles and in differing states of repair. One house on the 400 block of Fair Avenue NW is currently being worked on in preparation of once again becoming someone’s home. This is a story from thatContinue reading “One House’s Story: The Walton Family (no, not them)”

One House’s Story: Professor George A.B. Wyly (and more).

One of my mantras is that every building, every place, has a story to tell us if we are willing to look and listen. While the histories of pristinely restored stately homes attract the most attention, the more modest homes that dominate any community have histories as well. The people that lived in those homesContinue reading “One House’s Story: Professor George A.B. Wyly (and more).”

One House’s Story: Honorable Simpson Harmount

I thought I would continue my look into the stories behind some of the community’s historic houses by taking a look at another home located on Fair Avenue in New Philadelphia. This home’s current status belies its history and the significance to the community of its past owners. Robert Harmount (1775-1842) and his wife, ElizabethContinue reading “One House’s Story: Honorable Simpson Harmount”

One House’s Story: Dr. George Hiram Peck

The streets of my community are lined with historic homes, churches, and other buildings. While many of them are beautifully restored to their former glory, others show the of signs of time and neglect. All of them though have many stories to tell us; stories of families and businesses long past. On my regular walksContinue reading “One House’s Story: Dr. George Hiram Peck”