Waterville in Lucas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Wakeman Hall / Waterville Historical Society
—Ohio Historical Marker —
Text on Side A:
Henry Hanford Wakeman (1840-1879) of New York came to Waterville and became a successful businessman. He conceived the idea of a local Masonic Lodge, which became Wakeman Lodge No. 522 Free and Accepted Masons in 1879, and bequeathed $1,000 toward the construction of a meeting place. In 1880, a cornerstone was laid and this building was dedicated on October 21, 1881. For over 100 years, the Masons held their meetings upstairs while the lower floor was often rented out to a succession of businesses or used for public gatherings. Rising maintenance expenses and lower membership numbers caused the Masons to put Wakeman Hall up for sale in 1995. The Waterville Historical Society purchased the building in 1997 and spent several years rehabilitating it to serve as a local history archive and the Historical Society's meeting place.
Text on Side B:
In 1964, thirty-four citizens concerned about preserving the history of Waterville organized the Waterville Historical Society. Members held meetings in churches and homes. The second floor of a commercial building at 19 North Third Street served as a small museum displaying donated artifacts and memorabilia.
Erected 2014 by Waterville Historical Society, The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 64-48.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 29.95′ N, 83° 43.28′ W. Marker is in Waterville, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker is at the intersection of Farnsworth Road (Ohio Route 64) and North 4th Street, on the left when traveling west on Farnsworth Road. Touch for map. The marker is located along the edge of the side parking lot, amongst the landscaping along the near back, east side of the building, facing downtown Waterville and the Anthony Wayne Trail. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 Farnsworth Road, Waterville OH 43566, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this John Pray - Founder of Waterville,Ohio / The Miami and Erie Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); The Columbian House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Miamis Reserve/Miltonville (approx. 0.8 miles away); Ohio Electric Railroad Bridge / Roche De Bout, Roche De Boeuf (approx. 0.9 miles away); Bowling Green Fault (approx. 0.9 miles away); Fort Deposit / Roche de Bout (approx. 1.1 miles away); John A. Wilson (approx. 2.4 miles away); Browning Masonic Community (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waterville.
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • Education • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 19, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 19, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.