Celina in Mercer County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Riley Home
The museum of the Mercer County Historical Society, the Riley Home, represents six generations of the Riley family in the county. The first Riley to arrive here was Captain James Riley, who surveyed the area in 1819, after it was opened to American settlement following the Treaty of Saint Marys in 1818. Captain Riley was elected to the Ohio General Assembly in 1823. Captain Riley's son, James Watson Riley platted Celina in 1834, was Mercer County's Clerk of Courts, and then represented the area in the Ohio General Assembly beginning in 1843.
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James Watson Riley's son Calvin began the family's involvement in banking and built the Riley Home in 1896. Following Calvin into the leadership of the Commercial Bank was his son Ashley, grandson Roscoe, and great-grandson David K. Riley. James Zura Riley, another of Calvin's sons, led an expedition to Alaska during the gold rush of 1898-1900. James Zura's daughter Lena, who died in 1974, was the last Riley to live in the house. The Mercer County Historical Society obtained the residence in 1975 and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
This home was built in 1896 by Calvin Riley, whose son, James Zura Riley,
Bell from Old Courthouse built in 1869.
Erected 2002 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Mercer County Historical Society, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 3-54.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 40° 32.939′ N, 84° 34.199′ W. Marker is in Celina, Ohio, in Mercer County. Marker is on East Market Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 130 East Market Street, Celina OH 45822, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grand Lake St. Marys Spillway (approx. one mile away); Beaver Chapel Church (approx. 4.6 miles away); Swamp College Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.7 miles away); Grand Lake Saint Marys Fort Adams (approx. 9.1 miles away but has been reported missing); Fort St. Marys / Fort Barbee / Girty Town (approx. 9.4 miles away); Saint Marys River (approx. 9.6 miles away); Miami and Erie Canal (approx. 9.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Celina.
Also see . . . Captain James Riley and Antislavery Sentiment in Ohio, 1819-1824. Captain James Riley had an unusually powerful reason for hating slavery: he had himself been a slave. (Submitted on October 13, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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