Near Yellow Springs in Greene County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Not Neglected, Not Forgotten, Just Hard to Get To
—Deep in the Woods of John Bryan State Park —
He loved the youth of the land and inspired them to seek education. He taught them to build a soul. He advocated the beautiful religion of Jesus Christ. Especially did he inspire them with a love for nature. He implored them to uphold with staunch citizenship their country as founded by Washington, Jefferson, Horace Mann, and Abraham Lincoln.
Hugh Taylor Birch
Erected 1938 by Hugh Taylor Birch.
Location. 39° 47.824′ N, 83° 50.339′ W. Marker is near Yellow Springs, Ohio, in Greene County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of hiking trail in John Bryan State Park. Touch for map. Marker is located in the DEEP WOODS, with ONLY a trail access.
Marker can be reached from two trails. Option #1, enter John Bryan State Park on Ohio St Rt 370 southbound off of St Rt 343, between Clifton and Yellow Springs. Entering the park through the main gate, continue southeast past the Park Office, through several picnic areas, eventually east and northeast, past the “Day Lodge”, past the “Wingo Picnic Area”, to the old “Swimming Pool”/ “Orton Picnic Area” parking lot. (the swimming
There are multiple trailheads from this lot. (The “John Bryan” monument is at the northeast corner.) At the very north side of the parking lot is a closed gate, and a sign for the “Orton Memorial Trail”. The trail is 3 to 4 feet wide, packed dirt. Not quite ¼ mile into the woods, the trail reaches the brink of the gorge at a double “tee” intersection. The main trail runs southwest to northeast along the top of the cliffs. The “Orton Memorial Trail” cuts back to the northwest a couple hundred feet to a clearing. The Orton Memorial Monument stands at the far side of the clearing.
Option #2 is to park at the trail head parking lot on St Rt 343, just west of Clifton. The main trails lead to the gorge from the parking lot. The Orton Memorial Trail cuts off more to the southwest, away from the gorge. Again, it is approximately ¼ mile to the junction of four trails, with the short leg to the northwest and the clearing.
It is easily ½ mile through the woods from the Gorge Trailhead to Orton Parking Lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3790 State Route 370, Yellow Springs, OH 45387, Yellow Springs OH 45387, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. John Bryan (approx. ¼ mile away); Clifton Gorge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Camp Birch (approx. half a mile away); Clifton Gorge Marker (approx. 0.6 miles away); Historical Clifton (approx. 0.7 miles away); Erastus Mitchell Birch (approx. 1.8 miles away); Horace Mann (approx. 1.8 miles away); Historic Grinnell Mill (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yellow Springs.
Regarding Orton Memorial. Edward Orton Sr., was a naturalist and geologist, who served as president of Antioch College. He later served as president of Ohio State University. He was a close companion of Horace Mann, and Hugh Taylor Birch. Glen Helen is named after Birch's daughter. John Bryan State Park, Clifton Gorge, Glen Helen, and multiple youth camps are all a part of this area.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2014, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 386 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on September 13, 2014, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.