Wilmington in Clinton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The 19th century saw a great migration of Quakers from the Carolinas and from eastern Ohio to southwestern Ohio. Attracted by rich soil and abundance of fresh water and springs, Quakers became the dominant religious group in the region. Clinton County was referred to as the "Quaker County of Ohio." In August 1870, members of the Society of Friends purchased at an auction an unfinished building on 14 acres of land and founded Wilmington College, the first Quaker institution of higher learning established in Ohio. College Hall is the original structure and the first classes commenced in April 1871. Wilmington's importance as a Quaker center grew with the founding of Wilmington College, which houses the Quaker Collection of historical, literary, and genealogical publications in the Watson Library.
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Wilmington College, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 5-14.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 26.69′ N, 83° 49.077′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Ohio, in Clinton County. Click for map. Marker is adjacent to
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Who Sends Thee?" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 302nd TCW Aircraft Accident Memorial (approx. half a mile away); 907 TAG C-119G Accident Memorial (approx. half a mile away); 302 TAW C-123 Accident Memorial (approx. half a mile away); 302 TAW C-119 Accident Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Kenneth W. Faul (approx. half a mile away); American Legion Post No. 49 Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); J. W. Denver Williams, Jr. (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Wilmington.
Also see . . . Wilmington College. (Submitted on February 22, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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