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Dr. Jared Potter Kirtland

 
 
Dr. Jared Potter Kirtland Marker, side one image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2019
1. Dr. Jared Potter Kirtland Marker, side one
Inscription.  Dr. Jared Potter Kirtland was a prominent nineteenth century professor, physician, naturalist, and horticulturalist. In 1837, Kirtland purchased land in Rockport Township that stretched from Madison Avenue to Lake Erie. Kirtland used that land as a natural laboratory and filled it with gardens, greenhouses, and an arboretum where he developed fruit and grape varieties best suited for the region. His success with new varieties inspired area farmers to successfully concentrate on fruit and grape growing. In 1837, he built a home at Detroit and Bunts Roads and lived there until his death in 1877.

Among his accomplishments, Kirtland helped to found the organizations that developed into today’s Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. He served as a state representative from 1828 to 1834 and was appointed to the Ohio geological survey in 1832. As part of that survey, Kirtland prepared an nearly complete, and scientifically important, list of Ohio’s animals. As a physician, Kirtland served as the examining surgeon of Ohio’s Civil War recruits and donated his income from that
Dr. Jared Potter Kirtland Marker, side two image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2019
2. Dr. Jared Potter Kirtland Marker, side two
service to the Soldiers’ Aid Society.
 
Erected 2015 by Giant Eagle, Inc.; the Lakewood Historical Society; and The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 120-18.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 29.084′ N, 81° 47.377′ W. Marker is in Lakewood, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County. Marker is on Bunts Road south of Detoit Avenue (Alternate U.S. 6), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lakewood OH 44107, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nicholson Homestead (approx. 0.3 miles away); Alexander Winton Homestead (approx. 0.7 miles away); Lakewood Park (approx. 0.7 miles away); Oldest Stone House (approx. ¾ mile away); The National Carbon Company / GrafTech International (approx. 1.1 miles away); Detroit Avenue Bridge (approx. 2.2 miles away); Cowan Pottery (approx. 2.6 miles away); The West Park African American Community (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lakewood.
 
Jared P. Kirtland (1793–1877) image. Click for full size.
3. Jared P. Kirtland (1793–1877)
Copy of photo embedded in marker.
Evidence of Kirtland’s Extensive Gardens image. Click for full size.
4. Evidence of Kirtland’s Extensive Gardens
Photo embedded in the marker. “Evidence of Kirtland’s extensive gardens remained in 1953. In this Cleveland Press photo, an Osage tree, which had grown to more than 115 feet, is examined.”
“Whippoorwill,” Kirtland’s Home, Constructed of Native Sandstone in 1839. image. Click for full size.
5. “Whippoorwill,” Kirtland’s Home, Constructed of Native Sandstone in 1839.
Photo of drawing embedded in marker.
“Whippoorwill” Remodeled image. Click for full size.
6. “Whippoorwill” Remodeled
Copy of photo embedded in marker. “In 1883, after Kirtland’s death, his daughter, Mary Elizabeth Pease, remodeled ‘Whippoorwill,’ with the addition of extra rooms, bay windows and an ornate veranda.”
Dr. Jared Potter Kirtland Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2019
7. Dr. Jared Potter Kirtland Marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 17, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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