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Near Oxford in Butler County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Doty Settlement / The Pioneer Farmstead

 
 
The Doty Settlement Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2009
1. The Doty Settlement Marker (Side A)
Inscription.
Side A: The Doty Settlement
As Oxford Township was developing in the mid-1800s, a cluster of farmsteads near its northern border was designated the "Doty Settlement." As was the custom, the community took its name from a prominent family in the area. In or near the settlement were a church and cemetery, a school, a blacksmith shop, a sawmill, a distillery, a furniture shop, and a fulling mill for cleansing, shrinking, and thickening cloth. With the frontier spirit of self-reliance, it was seldom necessary to travel several miles into Oxford village for additional goods or services. Working together, the community farmed local fields and bartered for other items. Men, women, and children toiled long, hard hours in the fields harvesting corn and wheat. It is evident that these families, living in an agricultural society, possessed many useful skills for surviving in the Ohio country.

Side B: The Pioneer Farmstead
Joseph Morris established the Pioneer Farmstead in the mid-1830s. Tradition says that he lived in the "cave" or root cellar while he fashioned his two-story home of locally made brick. Early construction also included a well, a privy, a smokehouse, and a woodshed. Morris made his fortune by taking whiskey to Cincinnati and returning with groceries for the Oxford area. During a recession, the
The Pioneer Farmstead Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2009
2. The Pioneer Farmstead Marker (Side B)
Panic of 1837, Morris fell onto hard times and had to sell everything. In 1844, the farm was purchased at a collector's sale by his brother-in-law, Samuel Doty, who was a descendant of Edward Doty, a passenger on the Mayflower that sailed from England to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620. After the death of Samuel in 1859, his brother Jesse became owner of the farm. In the 1950s, the Pioneer Farmstead was added to the Hueston Woods State Park.
 
Erected 2007 by Oxford Museum Association, Hueston Woods State Park, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 27-9.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 33.618′ N, 84° 45.432′ W. Marker is near Oxford, Ohio, in Butler County. Marker is at the intersection of Brown Road and Doty Road, on the right when traveling north on Brown Road. Touch for map. Marker is at the Hueston Woods State Park Pioneer Farm Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6924 Brown Road, Oxford OH 45056, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Restoration Movement / Doty Settlement Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Black (Pugh's Mill) Covered Bridge
The Doty Settlement / The Pioneer Farmstead Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2009
3. The Doty Settlement / The Pioneer Farmstead Marker
(approx. 2.8 miles away); Historic Hopewell / Historic Hopewell Cemetery (approx. 3 miles away); College Corner Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.2 miles away in Indiana); Wanted by the FBI / Captured by G-Men (approx. 3.3 miles away in Indiana); Oxford Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.5 miles away); Oxford Female Institute / Caroline Scott Harrison 1832-1892 (approx. 3.5 miles away); Mother of Fraternities (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oxford.
 
Also see . . .  The Doty Homestead. (Submitted on November 3, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. AgricultureIndustry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesSettlements & Settlers
 
Doty Homestead image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2009
4. Doty Homestead
Hueston Woods Pioneer Farm Museum Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2009
5. Hueston Woods Pioneer Farm Museum Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 2,121 times since then and 95 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 2, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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