Near Oxford in Butler County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Doty Settlement / The Pioneer Farmstead
Side A: The Doty Settlement
As Oxford Township was developing in the mid-1800s, a cluster of farmsteads near its northern border was designated the "Doty Settlement." As was the custom, the community took its name from a prominent family in the area. In or near the settlement were a church and cemetery, a school, a blacksmith shop, a sawmill, a distillery, a furniture shop, and a fulling mill for cleansing, shrinking, and thickening cloth. With the frontier spirit of self-reliance, it was seldom necessary to travel several miles into Oxford village for additional goods or services. Working together, the community farmed local fields and bartered for other items. Men, women, and children toiled long, hard hours in the fields harvesting corn and wheat. It is evident that these families, living in an agricultural society, possessed many useful skills for surviving in the Ohio country.
Side B: The Pioneer Farmstead
Joseph Morris established the Pioneer Farmstead in the mid-1830s. Tradition says that he lived in the "cave" or root cellar while he fashioned his two-story home of locally made brick. Early construction also included a well, a privy, a smokehouse, and a woodshed. Morris made his fortune by taking whiskey to Cincinnati and returning with groceries for the Oxford area. During a recession, the
Erected 2007 by Oxford Museum Association, Hueston Woods State Park, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 27-9.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 33.618′ N, 84° 45.432′ W. Marker is near Oxford, Ohio, in Butler County. Marker is at the intersection of Brown Road and Doty Road, on the right when traveling north on Brown Road. Click for map. Marker is at the Hueston Woods State Park Pioneer Farm Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6924 Brown Road, Oxford OH 45056, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Restoration Movement / Doty Settlement Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Black (Pugh's Mill) Covered Bridge Historic Hopewell / Historic Hopewell Cemetery (approx. 3 miles away); Oxford Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.5 miles away); William Holmes McGuffey (approx. 3.8 miles away); William Holmes McGuffey House (approx. 3.9 miles away); The Verlin L. Pulley Tower (approx. 3.9 miles away); Langstroth Cottage / Lorenzo Langstroth (approx. 4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Oxford.
Also see . . . The Doty Homestead. (Submitted on November 3, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Settlements & Settlers •
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