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

“Squatter's House”

Circa 1810

 
 
"Squatter's House" Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 1, 2008
1. "Squatter's House" Marker
Inscription. This oldest building in the historic district was the home of Griffy Griffis five years before the village was founded by Jonathan Wright in 1815. Since Griffis had no legal right to the property, it became known as the “Squatter's House.” Wright used the structure to mark the location of Main Street for his plat of the new village he named “Springborough” in recognition of the many springs in the area. Griffis eventually bought the property in 1817 for $300. Since then the building has been used as a bakery, butcher shop, post office, telephone exchange, private residence, and a museum.
 
Erected by Old Springboro.
 
Location. 39° 33.291′ N, 84° 13.982′ W. Marker is in Springboro, Ohio, in Warren County. Marker is on Main Street (Ohio Route 741), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is on the Springboro Area Historical Society Museum, at 110 Main Street, between North and Market Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Springboro OH 45066, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lyceum (here, next to this marker); Springboro Area Underground Railroad (a few steps from this marker); Clark Williams House
"Squatter's House" and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 1, 2008
2. "Squatter's House" and Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Jonah Thomas Shop (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); United Brethern [sic] Church of Springboro (about 300 feet away); Edward Potts House / John Potts House (about 400 feet away); M. & J. Wright General Merchandise (about 400 feet away); Joseph Stanton House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springboro.
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers
 
Old Springboro Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 1, 2008
3. Old Springboro Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 21, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 983 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 21, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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