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Belpre in Washington County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Putnam Family Library / Belpre Farmers’ Library

 
 
Putnam Family Library / Belpre Farmers' Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2009
1. Putnam Family Library / Belpre Farmers' Library Marker
Inscription. As a shareholder of the United Library Association in Pomfret, Connecticut, General Israel Putnam amassed a large collection of books, which was called the Putnam Family Library. The collection was divided among his heirs after his death in 1790. His son, Colonel Israel Putnam brought part of that collection with him to Washington County, Ohio, in 1795. Education was a foremost concern to settlers in the Ohio Country and was reinforced in article three of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. Accordingly, the Putnam family's collection circulated among neighbors and provided the means of education for the people of Belpre and surrounding communities. By 1796, a group of subscribers, paying ten dollars a share, fully organized a public library. Later known as the Belpre Farmers' Library, it was the first library established in the Northwest Territory. The library operated under the management of the shareholders until 1815.
 
Erected 2002 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Belpre Historical Society, Washington County Public Library, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 9-84.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location.
Putnam Family Library / Belpre Farmers' Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2009
2. Putnam Family Library / Belpre Farmers' Library Marker
39° 16.669′ N, 81° 36.185′ W. Marker is in Belpre, Ohio, in Washington County. Marker is on Washington Boulevard (Ohio Route 618), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in front of the Belpre Public Library. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2012 Washington Boulevard, Belpre OH 45714, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cedarville Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Early Ohio Artists (approx. 0.4 miles away); Belpre Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Bathsheba Rouse (approx. half a mile away); Devol's Floating Mill (approx. 0.6 miles away); Belpre and the Ohio River (approx. 0.7 miles away); Underground Railroad Crossings / Near Border War (approx. 1.6 miles away); Historic Blennerhassett Island (approx. 2.1 miles away in West Virginia). Click for a list of all markers in Belpre.
 
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