Temperance Row Historic District
The Anti-Saloon League of America
—Otterbein College —
Here lived the reformers of the Anti-Saloon League of America who led the movement that turned the United States "dry" in 1920 with the 18th Amendment prohibiting the manufacture, sale or transportation of intoxicating liquor. Moving its headquarters to Westerville in 1909, the League built a publishing house that buried the liquor industry in a 10-year avalanche of books, pamphlets and periodicals that helped win Prohibition and made Westerville the "Dry Capital of the World." Rev. Purley A. Baker (1858-1924), the League's general superintendent, bought 11 acres and erected his rustic home at Park and Grove streets in 1910
League founder Howard Hyde Russell (1855-1946) built next door, a house later owned by Ernest H. Cherrington (1877-1950), general manager and chief of publications. These and four more houses along Grove Street were dubbed "Temperance Row." The assemblage of mostly Craftsman-style houses grew during the 1910s into a park-like enclave of 27 homes and a row house built or occupied by League leaders and workers. Prohibition ended in 1933 with repeal of the 18th Amendment. Temperance Row is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its national, state and local significance.
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Location. 40° 7.454′ N, 82° 56.131′ W. Marker is in Westerville, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker is on South Grove near West Park Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. marker is on the front lawn of the Howard House, on the campus of Otterbein College. Marker is at or near this postal address: 131 W Park St, Westerville OH 43081, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Memory of Benjamin R. Hanby (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Otterbein College (about 700 feet away); The Home of Benjamin R. Hanby (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Hanby, Freedom Crusader (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hanby House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Darling Nelly Gray (approx. 0.2 miles away); Heritage Green Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Benjamin Russell Hanby (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Westerville.
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