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Bailey and Barclay Halls / Johnny Appleseed

 
 
Bailey and Barclay Halls Marker (side A) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2008
1. Bailey and Barclay Halls Marker (side A)
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Bailey and Barclay Halls. Urbana University was established by the Swedenborgian Church in 1850. Bailey Hall (1853), named after Francis Bailey (1735-1815), was designed by W. Russell West, architect of the Statehouse of Ohio. Bailey was an American Revolutionary War hero, official printer of the Continental Congress and printer of The Freeman's Journal or the North American Intelligencer. He also printed The True Christian Religion papers. John (Johnny Appleseed) Chapman (1774-1845) distributed The True Christian Religion papers along with his famous apple trees throughout Ohio as a missionary for the Swedenborgian Church. Barclay Hall (1883) was named after Hester Barclay, a ward of Francis Bailey. It was Hester Barclay's brother-in-law, John Young, who converted Chapman to the Swedenborg faith. Francis Bailey and Hester Barclay were the first male and female Swedenborgian converts in North America. Both Bailey and Barclay halls appear on the National Register of Historic Places.

Johnny Appleseed. Francis Bailey's son-in-law, Colonel John James, donated ten acres to establish Urbana University
Johnny Appleseed Marker (side B) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2008
2. Johnny Appleseed Marker (side B)
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in 1849. Johnny Appleseed was a frequent visitor to the James home as he traveled throughout Ohio. Because of his significant ties to this site, the Johnny Appleseed Society and Museum were established at Urbana University in 1995. The Society was founded on the belief that those who have the opportunity to study the life of Johnny Appleseed will share his appreciation of education, our country, the environment, peace, moral integrity and leadership. The Museum holds the largest known collection of printed materials on Johnny Appleseed. A cider press, which was owned and used by the James family, now has its home in the Johnny Appleseed Museum.
 
Erected 2003 by Urbana University, Johnny Appleseed Society, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 5-11.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionEducationPatriots & Patriotism. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1850.
 
Location. 40° 6.135′ N, 83° 45.726′ W. Marker is in Urbana, Ohio, in Champaign County. Marker is on College Way, on the right when traveling south. Marker is on the grounds of Urbana University, on the south side of Bailey and Barclay
Bailey and Barclay Halls / Johnny Appleseed Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2008
3. Bailey and Barclay Halls / Johnny Appleseed Marker
"Rambo," a scion from a tree Johnny Appleseed planted, in center foreground
Halls. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 579 College Way, Urbana OH 43078, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Xue, Bian, and Sun Memorial (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Anderson Ward Farmstead / John Quincy Adams Ward & Edgar Melville Ward (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pennsylvania Railroad Depot (approx. half a mile away); Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad (approx. half a mile away); Billy "Single" Clifford /Clifford Theater (approx. half a mile away); The Adam Mosgrove House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Dayton, Springfield, and Urbana Electric Railway (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Urbana.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Another Johnny Appleseed marker.
 
Also see . . .  The Swedenborgian Church from Ohio History Central. (Submitted on November 26, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Johnny Appleseed Tree "Rambo" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2008
4. Johnny Appleseed Tree "Rambo" Marker
North Face of Bailey and Barclay Halls image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2008
5. North Face of Bailey and Barclay Halls
Urbana Swedenborgian Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2008
6. Urbana Swedenborgian Church
330 S. Main Street (US Route 68), at Reynolds Street.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 23, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 5,013 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 23, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Aug. 13, 2022