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First Courthouse of Greene County

 
 
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By Don Morfe, July 20, 2013
1. First Courthouse of Greene County Marker
Front side of the marker
Inscription.
Front Side:

First Courthouse of Greene County

In the late 1790s General Benjamin Whiteman built near this site one of the first log cabins in Alpha, the first settlement in what would become Beavercreek Township of Greene County. The cabin, later owned by Whiteman's father-in-law, Owen Davis, and leased for use as a tavern to Peter Borders, became the first courthouse of Greene County. Twenty-five feet square, it had one room below and a chamber above, serving as the family sleeping quarters. A small ladder through a hole in the ceiling reached the upper level. The building was constructed of burr oak logs with a roof made of clapboards held in place by long poles laid across them. Considered to be one of the finest houses in that part of the county, the cabin had one door, one window, and a huge fireplace with an outside chimney built of sticks, stones, and clay.

Back Side:

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The first proceedings of the associate judges of the court of common pleas were held in the log cabin on Tuesday, May 10, 1803. General Benjamin Whiteman, who built the cabin, was one of the first three associate judges. The court's business consisted of organizing Greene County, including laying out township lines and creating a new township named Beaver Creek,
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By Don Morfe, July 20, 2013
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later changed to Beavercreek. Other court actions included deciding on the number of elected justices of the peace for each township and making arrangements for the election of a county sheriff. The final court proceedings in the log cabin occurred in June 1804, after which Xenia became the county seat. Greene County's first courthouse was moved twice. It last served as a boarding house for workers of the nearby Harbine Mill. The log cabin courthouse was torn down in the mid 1850s.
 
Erected 2005 by Beavercreek Historical Society-The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 21-29.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 42.587′ N, 84° 1.415′ W. Marker is in Alpha, Ohio, in Greene County. Marker is at the intersection of Alpha Road and Maple Drive, on the left when traveling north on Alpha Road. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 751 Alpha Road, Alpha OH 45301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Beaver Cemetery/Church Veterans Memorial (approx. mile away); William Maxwell (approx. 2.1 miles away); Watervliet Shaker Community
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By Don Morfe, July 20, 2013
3. First Courthouse of Greene County Marker
Distant shot of the marker
(approx. 4.3 miles away); The Sexton Point (approx. 4.8 miles away); Kenton's Gantlet [Gauntlet] (approx. 4.8 miles away but has been reported missing); The Bullskin Trail (approx. 4.8 miles away); U Mkvwalamakufewa Tikvmfa / Memorial to Tecumtha (approx. 4.8 miles away); Ten Kentucky Soldiers Memorial (approx. 4.8 miles away).
 
Categories. PoliticsSettlements & Settlers
 
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By Don Morfe, July 20, 2013
4. First Courthouse of Greene County Marker
Alpha Museum
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 213 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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