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The Casement House / General Jack and Frances Jennings Casement

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, April 7, 2019
1. The Casement House side of marker
Inscription.  
The Casement House. Western Reserve agriculturalist Charles Clement Jennings built the Casement House, also known as the “Jennings Place,” for his daughter Frances Jennings Casement in 1870. Designed by Charles W. Heard, son-in-law and student of Western Reserve master builder Jonathan Goldsmith, it is an excellent example of the Italianate style, featuring ornate black walnut woodwork, elaborate ceiling frescoes, and an innovative ventilation system. It remained in the Casement family until 1953. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

General Jack and Frances Jennings Casement. Frances Jennings Casement (1840-1928) was a prominent and effective activist for women’s rights. She organized the Painesville Equal Rights Association in 1883 and served as the first president of the Ohio Woman Suffrage Association from 1885 to 1888. She worked closely with national leaders Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton during this formative era in the women’s suffrage movement.

Soldier and railroad builder. John Stephen “General Jack” Casement (1829-1909)
General Jack and Frances Jennings Casement side of marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 7, 2019
2. General Jack and Frances Jennings Casement side of marker
served with distinction in the Civil War, rising from the rank of major to brigadier general of the 103rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was instrumental in the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869, receiving the contract (with his brother Daniel) to lay the 1,044 miles of track for the Union Pacific Railroad between Fremont, Nebraska, and Promontory, Utah. He lobbied for statehood and women’s suffrage as a territorial representative from Wyoming (1868-1869), where women won the right to vote in 1869.
 
Erected 2000 by the Ohio Bicentennial Commission, the Longaberger Company, R.W. Sidley Inc., the Painesville Area Chamber of Commerce, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 12-43.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 44.184′ N, 81° 13.672′ W. Marker is in Painesville, Ohio, in Lake County. Marker can be reached from Casement Avenue north of Woodsworth Avenue, on the left when traveling north. It is on the old alignment of Casement Avenue, on the R.W. Sidley construction company property. Where Casement Avenue begins to turn east, make a left turn onto the property to continue north on the old alignment.
The Casement House / General Jack and Frances Jennings Casement Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 7, 2019
3. The Casement House / General Jack and Frances Jennings Casement Marker
The house and marker are at the dead-end. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 436 Casement Ave, Painesville OH 44077, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Station (approx. 0.8 miles away); Mentor Avenue Historic District (approx. 1.2 miles away); Lake County YMCA (approx. 1.3 miles away); Thomas W. Harvey (approx. 1.4 miles away); Daniel Carter Beard (approx. 1˝ miles away); Mathews House (approx. 1.6 miles away); Edward Paine (approx. 1.7 miles away); Charter Oak Triangle (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Painesville.
 
Regarding The Casement House / General Jack and Frances Jennings Casement. The Casement House is the R.W. Sidley Inc’s corporate office. It is private property. Enter and ask permission before wandering the grounds. Business hours are 8 to 5 weekdays.
 
Also see . . .  Step back in time at Casement House. 2015 article by Doug Vehovec in The News-Herald includes an interior photograph. “Lower to the floor, the house’s rich woodwork tells a story of its own. Both Polly and Lynch were proud to say that all of the handmade doors, baseboards, cornices, mantles and moldings were made from wood gathered on the 300-acre property surrounding Casement House. Like the sideboards and fireplaces, the woodwork designs hew to the overall style of the rooms they adorn, many of them inlaid with other materials
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to form patterns or pictures.” (Submitted on May 28, 2019.) 
 
Categories. ArchitectureRailroads & StreetcarsWomen
 
Jennings Place Gatepost image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 7, 2019
5. Jennings Place Gatepost
The historical marker is in the distance on the left.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 28, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 59 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 28, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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