One House’s Story: The Hickman Family

As one travels along Interstate 77 north of Bolivar one can see, especially in the winter, an abandoned house sitting amongst overgrown trees and bushes along Sherman Church Road. This windowless and empty shell was once a family’s home, and that home has a story to tell. A note about addresses: House numbers and streetContinue reading “One House’s Story: The Hickman Family”

One House’s Story: The Glauser Family

Front Street in New Philadelphia is lined with working class houses from the beginning of the 20th century. Many are of similar style and size and, among them, is a house occupied for four decades by the family of a blacksmithing son of an immigrant. This is that house’s story. Note about addresses: House numbersContinue reading “One House’s Story: The Glauser Family”

One House’s Story: The Strine Family

There is house that sits unoccupied on a lonely corner of Ray Avenue NW in New Philadelphia, Ohio. The broken and boarded-up windows, damaged siding, and overgrown yard belies a history of ownership by a historic and prominent New Philadelphia family. A note about addresses: House numbers and street names often change over time. TheContinue reading “One House’s Story: The Strine 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: Gershom & Mary Kilgore of Port Washington

I once again decided to try to tell a story from the history of a house depicted in the Tuscarawas County Atlas of 1875, hoping to be able to find something interesting worth telling. I was not disappointed by the story that can be told about a house recorded in the Atlas as the “Res.Continue reading “One House’s Story: Gershom & Mary Kilgore of Port Washington”

One House’s Story: Philip G. Lanning

I decided to take a look into a house outside of my own immediate community. There is no shortage of historic homes to choose from, so I decided to look for a house that was depicted in the 1875 Atlas of Tuscarawas County. This is one of the stories from that house’s history. As youContinue reading “One House’s Story: Philip G. Lanning”

One House’s Story: Anne Compton Winspear Forney

If you drive West High Avenue in New Philadelphia, you’ve gone through the intersection known as Franklin Square. There is a brick house that sits prominently on the southwest corner of the intersection. This is a story from that house’s history. When the city of New Philadelphia was originally laid out, it was created withContinue reading “One House’s Story: Anne Compton Winspear Forney”

One House’s Story: Joseph Axx

There is a house on the west end of New Philadelphia that, every time I passed it, I was intrigued by how it got there and who may have lived in it. Perhaps you’ve driven past it as well and wondered the same. This is one story from that house’s history. When one drives westContinue reading “One House’s Story: Joseph Axx”

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”