Hudson in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Western Reserve College and Academy
With the help of town founder, David Hudson, Western Reserve College and its Academy were founded in 1826. Often called "The Yale of the West," the college saw success initially as nearly all of its professors and college presidents were Yale College graduates. Nationally, Western Reserve College became involved with the Underground Railroad and anti-slavery movement 28 years before the Civil War began. Moreover, Western Reserve College established the Loomis Observatory, named for Elias Loomis, a Yale tutor and WRC professor, which is now the second oldest observatory in the United States. The Western Reserve College moved to Cleveland in 1882 and eventually became Case Western Reserve University while the Academy remained in Hudson. Today, the Western Reserve Academy is one of the nation's oldest and most respected independent college preparatory schools.
Erected 2002 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Western Reserve Academy, Case Western Reserve University, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 21-77.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed Abolition & Underground RR • Education • Science & Medicine • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1826.
Location. 41° 14.738′ N, 81° 26.248′ W. Marker is in Hudson, Ohio, in Summit County. Marker is at the intersection of College Street and Chapel Street, on the right when traveling north on College Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hudson OH 44236, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Chapel (within shouting distance of this marker); North College (within shouting distance of this marker); Middle College (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); President's House (about 300 feet away); Loomis Observatory (about 700 feet away); First Log House in Summit County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hudson and the Underground Railroad (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Congregational Church of Hudson (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hudson.
Also see . . .
1. History of Case Western Reserve University. University website entry (Submitted on June 14, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Loomis Observatory. Hudson Heritage website entry (Submitted on July 22, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
3. History of Hudson, Ohio. City website entry (Submitted on June 14, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 14, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 579 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 14, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.