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Athens in Athens County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

“The Berry”

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, August 22, 2018
1. “The Berry” Marker
Inscription.  The Berry Hotel, one of America’s premier hotels, stood here from 1892 to 1974. Athenian Edward Cornelius Berry, a free black who had been educated at the Albany Enterprise Academy, and his modest wife, Martha Jane (Mattie) Berry, built, owned and operated the establishment until 1923. Mr. Berry is acknowledged as the first hotelier to place bibles in the hotel room. The rooms also included sewing kits, cologne, fruit baskets, and individual closets. The hotel was also outfitted with electric bells and gaslights at a time when these items were revolutionary. The Berry maintained its reputation of superior service and atmosphere, entertaining many dignitaries well into the twentieth century. After undergoing several transformations, including one as an Ohio University dormitory (Berry Hall), sadly, it was demolished in 1974.
 
Erected 2004 by the Multicultural Genealogical Center, Chesterhill, OH and Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, on May 23rd.
 
Location. 39° 19.792′ N, 82° 6.062′ W. Marker is in Athens
“The Berry” Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 22, 2018
2. “The Berry” Marker
, Ohio, in Athens County. Marker is on North Court Street north of Washington Street, on the right when traveling north. It is in front of the Court Street Diner. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Athens OH 45701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Settlers in Athens County (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Athens First Settlement - 1797 (about 300 feet away); Athens County Vietnam War Memorial (about 300 feet away); Athens County Revolutionary Soldiers Memorial (about 300 feet away); Ohio University (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ohio University 1915 Alumni Gateway (approx. 0.2 miles away); Athens National Guard Armory (approx. 0.2 miles away); Athens County Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
 
Also see . . .  Local preservationists lament failure to save historic Berry Hotel. 2001 article in The Athens News. “Marjorie Stone, co-author of ‘Getting to Know Athens County,’ said that Berry was famous for his fried oysters, and his wife for her homemade pies. Historical records and local tales both speak of the innovative touches Berry added to the rooms in his hotel — things that were copied all over the country. Traxler noted that Berry was the first to place the Gideon Bible in each room. According to records in the OU Archives, each room contained a pincushion, needle and buttons for travelers.” (Submitted on August 26, 2018.) 
 
Categories.
The Berry Hotel image. Click for full size.
Close up of photo reproduced on marker
3. The Berry Hotel
African AmericansNotable Places
 
Edward Berry (1854–1931) image. Click for full size.
Close up of photo reproduced on marker
4. Edward Berry (1854–1931)
Martha Berry (1855–1941) image. Click for full size.
Close up of photo reproduced on marker, August 22, 2018
5. Martha Berry (1855–1941)
Location of the Berry Hotel image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 22, 2018
6. Location of the Berry Hotel
Lot now holds the Court Street Diner and its parking lot. Marker is behind the light post.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 26, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 76 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 26, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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