Urbana in Champaign County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
John Anderson Ward Farmstead / John Quincy Adams Ward & Edgar Melville Ward
John Anderson Ward Farmstead
John Anderson Ward had this Federal style house constructed from 1823-1825 on land inherited from his father, Urbana's founder Colonel William Ward. The Colonel's will stipulated that a local mason use 26,500 bricks to build the house and be paid $80.00. The original house is thought to have had four rooms, two rooms each on the first and second floors and both divided by central hallways. John and his wife Eleanor Ward reared seven children in the house, two of whom became nationally recognized artists, John Quincy Adams Ward and Edgar Melville Ward. The farmstead, consisting of 172 acres, was also the site of a huge feast held in honor of General William Henry Harrison's visit to Champaign County during his 1840 presidential campaign. Twelve 300 foot-long tables were spread across the lawn where thousands of people from the surrounding countryside dined on barbecued beef and lamb and drank barrels of cider.
John Quincy Adams Ward 1830-1910/Edgar Melville Ward 1839-1915
Two of John Anderson Ward's sons, John Quincy Adams and Edgar Melville, were
Erected 2005 by Guild Galleries Interiors, Champaign County Bicentennial Historical Marker Committee, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 13-11.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Government & Politics • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #09 William Henry Harrison, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1840.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Billy "Single" Clifford /Clifford Theater (approx. ¼ mile away); Bailey and Barclay Halls / Johnny Appleseed (approx. 0.3 miles away); Dayton, Springfield, and Urbana Electric Railway (approx. 0.3 miles away); Xue, Bian, and Sun Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad (approx. 0.4 miles away); Champaign County Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); This tablet mark's the Site of Doolittle's Tavern (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Urbana.
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