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Athens in Athens County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Cutler Botanic Gardens

1823–1973

 
 
Cutler Botanic Gardens Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
1. Cutler Botanic Gardens Marker
Inscription.  On August 20, 1823, the Board of Trustees of Ohio University, of which Judge Ephraim Cutler was a leading member, set aside 300 acres “west of the College green” for a botanical garden and the site of a medical college, in memory of the co-founder of the University, Rev. Dr. Menasseh Cutler, who died July 26, 1823. The great Ginkgo Biloba nearby is a relic of these gardens, which are being commemorated this day August 20, 1973 by the planting of Franklinia Alatamaha by C. William O’Neill, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of Ohio.

This planting and plaque donated in honor of their botanical forefathers, the Rev. Dr. Manasseh Cutler and Judge Ephraim Cutler, by The Dawes Arboretum and for the Glory of God.
 
Erected 1973.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Horticulture & Forestry. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1861.
 
Location. 39° 19.326′ N, 82° 6.306′ W. Marker is in Athens, Ohio, in Athens County. Marker is at the intersection of South Shafer Street
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and Richland Avenue, on the left when traveling east on South Shafer Street. Marker is next to the log house at this intersection and faces the stadium that is across the street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Athens OH 45701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Ordinance of 1787 (a few steps from this marker); The Silas Bingham House (a few steps from this marker); Donald R. Johnson Memorial Channel (within shouting distance of this marker); 'Input', 2004 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ohio's Cherry Trees (about 500 feet away); Japanese Cherry Trees (about 500 feet away); Ohio University (about 700 feet away); Normandy Park (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
 
Marker and the <i>Franklinia Alatamaha</i> (Ben Franklin Tree) on the Left image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
2. Marker and the Franklinia Alatamaha (Ben Franklin Tree) on the Left
Former Grounds of the Cutler Botanic Gardens image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
3. Former Grounds of the Cutler Botanic Gardens
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,547 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 31, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Better photos of the trees mentioned • Photos of other remnants of the gardens • Can you help?

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