Wellington in Lorain County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Herrick Memorial Library
was erected by
Hon. Myron T. Herrick
once our fellow citizen,
always our friend.
He dedicated it to the memory of his
Father and Mother,
Timothy R. Herrick
Mary Hulbert Herrick
and presented it to the Township of Wellington
January 2, 1904.
This building occupies the site of the old
American House, the scene of the
famous Oberlin-Wellington Rescue Case,
September 13, 1858.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • Architecture • Charity & Public Work • Education. A significant historical date for this entry is September 13, 1858.
Location. 41° 10.101′ N, 82° 13.016′ W. Marker is in Wellington, Ohio, in Lorain County. Marker can be reached from East Herrick Avenue (Ohio Route 18) just east of South Main Street (Ohio Route 58), on the right when traveling east. Marker is mounted at eye-level, directly on the subject building, just to the left of the front/west entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Willard Memorial Square, Wellington OH 44090, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other Wells Building (a few steps from this marker); Wellington, Ohio Established 1818 (within shouting distance of this marker); Wellington Town Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Archibald M. Willard (within shouting distance of this marker); Howk Memorial Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Spirit of ’76 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First United Methodist Church (about 300 feet away); Myron T. Herrick (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wellington.
Regarding Herrick Memorial Library. Contributing property, Wellington Center Historic District, National Register of Historic Places #74001556.
Also see . . .
1. Myron Timothy Herrick.
Myron T. Herrick was an American banker, diplomat and Republican politician from Ohio. He served as the 42nd governor of Ohio and United States Ambassador to France on two occasions. In 1902, Herrick gave the village of Wellington, Ohio, a grant of $20,000, which they used to build the library now known as the Herrick Memorial Library. Herrick later bequeathed $70,000 for an addition.(Submitted on January 31, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Oberlin–Wellington Rescue.
John Price, an escaped slave, was arrested in Oberlin, Ohio, under the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850. To avoid conflict with locals, whose abolitionism was well known, the U.S. marshal and his party took him to the first train stop out of Oberlin heading south: Wellington. Rescuers from Oberlin followed them to Wellington, took Price by force from the marshal and escorted him back to Oberlin, from where he headed via the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada. In time, regional tensions over slavery, constitutional interpretation, and other factors led to the outbreak of the Civil War. The Oberlin-Wellington rescue is considered important as it not only attracted widespread national attention but occurred in a region of Ohio known for its Underground Railroad activity.(Submitted on January 31, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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