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Avon Lake in Lorain County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Peter J. Miller House / Adam Miller & Family

 
 
Peter J. Miller House side of marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 24, 2019
1. Peter J. Miller House side of marker
Inscription.  The Peter J. Miller House was constructed around 1830 and is one of the last remaining pre-Civil War lakefront houses in Lorain County. The architecture is Greek Revival. Peter Miller married Ruth Houseworth in 1828. They had five children. In 1851 Peter Miller died and it’s believed that his family continued to reside on the property until 1925. The City of Avon Lake purchased the property in 1962. The house was opened for tours, and restoration proceeded as funds were available. In 1975 the water heating system burst and caused extensive damage. In 1985 a new committee took over and was successful in restoring the house. Volunteer trustees have overseen the operation of the house as a museum since September 1989.

Peter J. Miller's father, Adam Miller was of the first non-Native permanent settlers in what is now the City of Avon Lake. Immigrants from New York, Adam and Anna Teamount Miller settled in Avon Township in 1819. The couple had 10 children. The oldest known child was Alexis Miller and the youngest was Peter. A story in the 1844 edition of William McGuffey’s Second Reader is believed to be about an incident from Peter’s life. The story relates how as he walked home through a swamp, a bear chased Peter
Adam Miller & Family side of marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 24, 2019
2. Adam Miller & Family side of marker
up a tree and bit at the young man’s shoes as he tried to defend himself. After three attempts by the bear to reach Peter, they tumbled to the ground. Peter ran for his life and the bear gave up the chase.
 
Erected 2010 by Peter Miller House Museum Board of Trustees and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 28-47.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 30.128′ N, 82° 3.589′ W. Marker is in Avon Lake, Ohio, in Lorain County. Marker is on Lake Road (U.S. 6) east of Miller Road, on the left when traveling east. It is in Miller Road Park, facing Lake Road to the east of the parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Avon Lake OH 44012, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 103rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry (approx. half a mile away); Jay Terrell and his "Terrible Fish" (approx. 1.6 miles away); Norton S. Townshend, M.D. (approx. 3.7 miles away); Timeline of Dr. Norton S. Townshend (approx. 3.7 miles away); Burrell Homestead (approx. 4 miles away); Dover Lake Shore Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 5.7 miles away); Theodore Elijah Burton / Dover Farm (approx. 5.7 miles away); Lorain County Community College (approx. 6.2 miles away).
 
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Peter J. Miller House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 24, 2019
3. Peter J. Miller House and Marker
Peter J. Miller House, Avon Lake, Ohio image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 24, 2019
4. Peter J. Miller House, Avon Lake, Ohio
Peter J. Miller House image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 24, 2019
5. Peter J. Miller House
This view is from the Miller Road Park parking lot.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 4, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   3, 4, 5. submitted on December 5, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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