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Mason in Ingham County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

John Rayner House

 
 
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By J.T. Lambrou, April 23, 2021
1. John Rayner House Marker
Inscription.  This handsome brick structure, said to be the oldest remaining house in Mason, is one of the most elaborate and best preserved Greek Revival houses in Ingham County. Pioneer John Rayner, a native of New York State, began construction of this farmhouse in 1840. The original Rayner farm totaled 320 acres. The ponds in the park opposite this site were dug to supply ice for early Mason. The remaining outbuilding contains a blacksmith shop and an icehouse. The twin sons of Chief Okemos played here with Rayner’s oldest son, William. The Rayner family had a major impact upon early Mason, owning the slaughterhouse, ice ponds and the Rayner Opera House. At the time of his death in 1879, John Rayner was called “one of the most opulent men of the county,” having acquired thousands of acres of land in Ingham and adjacent counties.
 
Erected 1980 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number L0668.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce
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By J.T. Lambrou, April 23, 2021
2. John Rayner House Marker
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Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1840.
 
Location. 42° 34.684′ N, 84° 25.865′ W. Marker is in Mason, Michigan, in Ingham County. Marker is at the intersection of East Ash Street and Country Park Road, on the right when traveling west on East Ash Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 725 E Ash St, Mason MI 48854, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ingham County Courthouse (approx. 0.6 miles away); City of Mason (approx. 0.7 miles away); In Honor of All Who Have Served (approx. 0.7 miles away); Maple Grove Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Home of Lawton T. Hemans 1892-1916 (approx. 0.9 miles away); Mason Depot (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Pink School (approx. 1.2 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 8.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mason.
 
John Rayner House image. Click for full size.
By J.T. Lambrou, April 23, 2021
3. John Rayner House
View from street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 21 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 25, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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