Pemberville in Wood County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Pemberville Town Hall and Opera House
Completed in 1892 at the height of the region's oil boom, the Pemberville Town Hall followed a late-1800s municipal trend to house many civic functions under one roof. The fire station, jail, and council chambers occupied the ground level, while the entire second floor hosted a public auditorium, or "opera house," that seated 250. The 1897 debut of The Mikado featured new electric lighting. The ornate Opera House was the center of Pemberville's social activities for decades, hosting dances, plays, socials, graduation ceremonies, political meetings, lectures, and husking bees. Traveling companies performed concerts, vaudeville, minstrel, and medicine shows. Following World War II the Opera House fell into disuse. It was restored in 1999 to both its former grandeur and its place in Pemberville's cultural life.
Erected 2001 by The Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Village of Pemberville, Pemberville Freedom Area Historical Society, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 12-87.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 24.586′ N, 83° 27.662′ W. Marker is in Pemberville Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 115 Main Street, Pemberville OH 43450, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William Henry Harrison's Encampment (approx. half a mile away); In Memory of Captain Elihu H. Mason (approx. 1.9 miles away); to Whittaker's Reserve / to Dudley's Massacre (approx. 5 miles away but has been reported missing); Trail Tree (approx. 5.6 miles away); Woodville “The Lime Center of the World” / Maumee and Western Reserve Turnpike (approx. 5.8 miles away); Milestones (approx. 5.8 miles away); a different marker also named Milestones (approx. 7.6 miles away but has been reported missing); Lieut. Wilson W. Brown (approx. 8.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pemberville.
Also see . . .
1. About Pemberville. (Submitted on March 27, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Van Tassel's History of Pemberville. (Submitted on March 27, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Pemberville Opera House. For information on the Pemberville Opera House including current programming and history visit this site! (Submitted on September 25, 2012, by Carol A Bailey of Pemberville, Ohio.)
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