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

Jacob Miller’s Tavern

Jacob Miller’s Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, August 12, 2018
1. Jacob Miller’s Tavern Marker
Inscription.  In 1805, for $1.50 an acre, Jacob Miller purchased this property in the Congressional Land Office in Chillicothe, capital of the new state of Ohio. He and Somerset co-founder John Finck then each built a tavern on either side of town along the Zane’s Trace, laid out along existing Indian trails in 1796-1797 and Ohio’s first major thoroughfare. Finck built his home and tavern in 1807 and Miller his shortly after From 1800 to 1815. Zane’s Trace saw significant traffic between the established eastern states and the newly opened Northwest Territory. A perpetual stream of emigrants rolled westward, giving constant occupation to hundreds of tavern-keepers. Besides operating his tavern and farming, Jacob Miller was a public servant. In 1809 he was appointed Overseer of the Poor as there was a need to “bind out” poor children to families who could take care of them.

Jacob Miller also served as Township Supervisor and the “Fence Viewer” a person responsible for ensuring that a fence line remained true and legal. Soldiers were recruited from the tavern to fight with General William H. Harrison’s army
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during the War of 1812. Miller died in his forties in 1823, after providing for his wife Catherine and his two sons and two daughters. As quoted in his will, he willed “my soul to heaven and my body to dust.” One of the oldest two-story log taverns in Ohio, the structure was also the boyhood home of Civil War General Philip Sheridan. His parents, John and Mary, purchased the tavern when they came to Somerset in 1834. This tavern and Pigsfoot Square are part of the Somerset Historic District, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
Erected 2009 by the Historical Society of Perry County and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 10-64.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1805.
Location. 39° 48.335′ N, 82° 18.138′ W. Marker is in Somerset, Ohio, in Perry County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (U.S. 22) and Market Street (Ohio Route 668) on West Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 208 W Main St, Somerset OH 43783, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Lutheran Synod (about 700 feet away, measured
Jacob Miller’s Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, August 12, 2018
2. Jacob Miller’s Tavern Marker
in a direct line); Nellie Sheridan Wilson (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Sheridan Monument / 1829 Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); General Philip Henry Sheridan (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Seed of Catholic Education in Ohio / The Cradle of Catholicity in Ohio (approx. 0.3 miles away); Somerset (approx. ¾ mile away); The Sheridan Homestead (approx. ¾ mile away); First Catholic Church in Ohio (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Somerset.
Also see . . .  A hidden treasure discovered in Somerset. 2008 article in the Perry County Tribune. “It is currently covered in white wooden siding, but underneath, it is a two story log building made from hand hewn logs cut from old growth trees.” ... “‘Standing inside on the wide wood floor boards, some measuring over 22 feet, you can almost feel you’re being transported back to the early pioneer days in the county with the Native American Indians recently departed and the land covered with trees uncut for hundreds of years,’ stated Historical Society member Tom Johnson.” (Submitted on August 25, 2018.) 
Jacob Miller’s Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, August 12, 2018
3. Jacob Miller’s Tavern Marker
Jacob Miller’s Tavern image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, August 12, 2018
4. Jacob Miller’s Tavern
Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 25, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 753 times since then and 124 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 25, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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Jun. 5, 2023