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North Olmsted in Cuyahoga County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

First Universalist Church

 
 
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Inscription.  The Universalist religious movement spread across Ohio as the state was settled in the 1800s. Universalists proclaimed a loving God and universal salvation. Believers were sometimes scorned as “no-Hell-ers.” Olmsted’s First Universalist Society was founded in 1834. Early church members included Olmsted pioneers Asher Coe, David Stearns, Charles Olmsted, Elias Frost, and their families. Initially, services were held in the Union House of Worship, which Universalists shared with Methodists and Presbyterians. In 1847, the Olmsted Universalist congregation built this Greek Revival style church at the corner of Butternut and Coe Ridge (now Lorain) Roads. John Ames supervised the construction of the building, which cost $974. The church bell in use today was cast in Boston in 1851. The bell sounded the alarm for fires and tolled when community members died, a well as announcing worship services.

Universalists opposed slavery and promoted equality for all. Church legend asserts that slaves escaping to freedom on the Underground Railroad hid in the belfry. A woman, Abbie Danforth, was a minister here in 1879. The congregation
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became the First Universalist Church in 1871. The stained glass windows were added during a renovation in 1881-1882. As North Olmsted grew, Lorain Road was widened. To protect the building from damage caused by heavy traffic, the congregation moved its sanctuary to this location in 1963. The church was designated a North Olmsted Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. The building is the oldest surviving Universalist church in Ohio in continuous use. It joined the Congregations after a national merger of the Unitarians and Universalists in 1961.
 
Erected 2010 by Olmsted Unitarian Universalist Congregation and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 94-18.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 24.981′ N, 81° 55.71′ W. Marker is in North Olmsted, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County. Marker is on Porter Road north of Lorain Road (Ohio Route 10), on the left when traveling north. It is at the North Olmstead Unitarian Universalist Congregation Church. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: North Olmsted OH 44070, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Oxcart Library (approx. 0.3 miles away); North Olmsted Veterans Plaza
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(approx. 0.4 miles away); Springvale Ballroom (approx. 1.2 miles away); North Olmsted (approx. 1.3 miles away); Leverett Johnson / Evergreen Cemetery (approx. 1.3 miles away); Butternut Ridge Cemetery 1835 (approx. 1.3 miles away); Coe Ridge (approx. 1.9 miles away); Jack Miner (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in North Olmsted.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia Entry for the Universalist Church of America. “On June 25, 1863, Olympia Brown became one of the first women in the United States to receive ordination in a national denomination, Antoinette Brown having been the first when she was ordained by the Congregational Churches in 1853.[16] By 1920, there were 88 Universalist women ministers, the largest group in the United States.” (Submitted on May 24, 2019.) 
 
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By J. J. Prats, April 6, 2019
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The stain glass window over the door reads, “First Universalist Church.”
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 24, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 70 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 24, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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