Waterville in Lucas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Wakeman Hall / Waterville Historical Society
— Ohio Historical Marker —
Text on Side A:
Henry Hanford Wakeman (1840-1879) of New York came to Waterville and became a successful businessman. He conceived the idea of a local Masonic Lodge, which became Wakeman Lodge No. 522 Free and Accepted Masons in 1879, and bequeathed $1,000 toward the construction of a meeting place. In 1880, a cornerstone was laid and this building was dedicated on October 21, 1881. For over 100 years, the Masons held their meetings upstairs while the lower floor was often rented out to a succession of businesses or used for public gatherings. Rising maintenance expenses and lower membership numbers caused the Masons to put Wakeman Hall up for sale in 1995. The Waterville Historical Society purchased the building in 1997 and spent several years rehabilitating it to serve as a local history archive and the Historical Society's meeting place.
Text on Side B:
In 1964, thirty-four citizens concerned about preserving the history of Waterville organized the Waterville
Erected 2014 by Waterville Historical Society, The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 64-48.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Education • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 21, 1881.
Location. 41° 29.95′ N, 83° 43.28′ W. Marker is in Waterville, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker is at the intersection of Farnsworth Road (Ohio Route 64) and North 4th Street, on the left when traveling west on Farnsworth Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 Farnsworth Road, Waterville OH 43566, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Waterville Veterans Memorial Flagpole (within shouting distance of this marker); John Pray - Founder of Waterville,Ohio / The Miami and Erie Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); The Liberty House (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Columbian House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Waterville Civil War Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); The Oliver Pray House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stitt Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fort Miamis Reserve/Miltonville (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waterville.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 19, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 455 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 19, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.