Near Lebanon in Warren County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
(1805 - 1912)
Union Village, the first and largest Shaker (United Society of Believers) community west of the Allegheny Mountains, was established in 1805. Nearly 4,000 Shakers lived in Union Village, the last living here until 1920. They owned 4,500 acres of land with more than 100 buildings. Union Village was parent to other communities in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Georgia. Shakers were among the most successful religious communal societies in the United States. Believe in equality of men and women, separation of sexes, confession, communal ownership of property, and celibacy helped define their society. The name "Shaker" was derived from the shaking and dancing that were part of their worship. Union Village Shakers were successful entrepreneurs selling herbal medicines, garden seeds, and brooms. They also raised and bred Poland China hogs, Durham cattle, and Merino sheep.
Shaker buildings still extant:
1810 Trustees' Office (now Marble Hall), 1844 Center House (now Bethany Hall), 1893 Engine/Boiler House.
Union Village was purchased by the United Brethren in Christ Church in 1912. The site was a home for children from 1913-1963, and a retirement center for adults from 1913 to the present. It is related to the United Methodist Church.
Erected 1997 by
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 26.723′ N, 84° 16.705′ W. Marker is near Lebanon, Ohio, in Warren County. Marker is at the intersection of Ohio Route 741 and Shaker Drive, on the right when traveling north on State Route 741. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Otterbein Retirement Center, 0.5 miles north of Ohio Route 63. Marker is at or near this postal address: 585 N. State Route 741, Lebanon OH 45036, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Thomas Corwin (approx. 3.6 miles away); Lebanon Library / Harmon Hall (approx. 3.8 miles away); LCNB Building (approx. 3.8 miles away); The Village Ice Cream Parlor (approx. 3.8 miles away); The Town Square / City Hall Site (approx. 3.8 miles away); Christmas Tree Park (approx. 3.8 miles away); Broadway Bridge (approx. 3.9 miles away); The Town Plat / The Tharp House (approx. 3.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lebanon.
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