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George Barrett Cement House

Poor Man's Home, Rich Man's Palace

 
 
George Barrett Cement House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., December 6, 2009
1. George Barrett Cement House Marker
Inscription.  
After his home was destroyed by fire, George Barrett decided to build a home that would survive another disaster. An article Barrett read by O.S. Fowler in New York described a new building material that used gravel, sand, and lime. Cement was a less expensive and more time efficient construction material than brick. Unable to get help from a mason, Barrett gathered the material and built the house himself. Completed in 1853, the house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.
 
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Spring Valley Acts, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 12-29.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNatural ResourcesNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1853.
 
Location. 39° 36.54′ N, 84° 0.502′ W. Marker is in Spring Valley, Ohio, in Greene County. Marker is
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at the intersection of Main Street and Terrace Avenue, on the left when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4 E Main Street, Spring Valley OH 45370, 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. Historic Little Miami River (approx. 0.3 miles away); Unknown Union Soldier (approx. 4.1 miles away); Chester Township Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.2 miles away); Engle Mill Road Covered Bridge (approx. 5 miles away); Union Meeting House Organized in 1807 / Union Seminary Organized in 1809 (approx. 5.4 miles away); Lewis A. Jackson, Aviator / Lewis A. Jackson, Educator & Innovator (approx. 5.7 miles away); Logan’s Memorial Day Order (approx. 6.3 miles away); Honor (approx. 6.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Spring Valley Heritage: The George Barrett Concrete House. Spring Area Valley Chamber of Commerce website entry (Submitted on July 3, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
George Barrett Cement House and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., December 6, 2009
2. George Barrett Cement House and Marker
George Barrett Cement House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., December 6, 2009
3. George Barrett Cement House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 5, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,577 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 5, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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