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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Washington in Franklin County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Zachariah Foss House


Left plaque image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), October 6, 2018
1. Left plaque
Inscription.  This house was purchased by Zachariah and Amelia Foss in 1848. Zachariah was a cabinetmaker and Amelia was a teacher of English-speaking children. The house served as a school and is Washington's oldest surviving frame structure. The cellar was exposed by regrading streets in the 1870's. Mr. and Mrs. Foss' daughter married James W. Owens, the only son of Washington's founders.
Erected 2008 by City of Washington, Missouri. (Marker Number 6.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureEducationIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Missouri, City of Washington series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1846.
Location. 38° 33.629′ N, 91° 0.65′ W. Marker is in Washington, Missouri, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of West Front Street and Lafayette Street, on the right when traveling east on West Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4 Lafayette Street, Washington MO 63090, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
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distance of this marker. A different marker also named Zachariah Foss House (here, next to this marker); Lucinda Owens Memorial (here, next to this marker); John Clayton Inn (a few steps from this marker); Robert Frazer (within shouting distance of this marker); Wir Sind Freunde - We Are Friends (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lewis and Clark Expedition Across Missouri (within shouting distance of this marker); G. Henry Herweck Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Washington (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 8, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 163 times since then and 38 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on October 8, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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