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Lafayette in Madison County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Anderson House

The Historic National Road in Ohio

 
 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 16, 2016
1. The Anderson House Marker
Inscription. In 1837, when the National Road was completed through Madison County, the village of Lafayette was platted by William Minter, and this building was a tavern that served travelers. The Red Brick Tavern, which was built after the Anderson House, was located one quarter mile east. Both taverns were built by Stanley Watson, a Minter family son-in-law, who operated the Red Brick Tavern. As traffic increased along the National Road, 8 to 10 stage coaches, plus drovers herds, and various other travelers passed through Lafayette daily. There were four taverns in Lafayette to serve them.

The Federal-style house, with its later Greek Revival-style porch, had four chimneys and eight fireplaces. On the first floor, the two rooms on the front and back of the west side (on the left side of the front door) had an opening eight feet wide. With the doors open, they were used as a large dining room. The east side rooms had a separate entrance, and were used as a bar-room. The third floor was a large dormitory which had no heat. In the 1920ís the house was converted to a tourist house.

In its nearly 200 years, this building has served as a tavern. a farmhouse, and a tourist house. The house was built around 1830 for Calvin Anderson. In 1848, the tavern was sold R.G. and P.W. Morris, who sold it n 1850 to Valentine Wilson. The 408-acre property

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By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 16, 2016
2. The Anderson House Marker
Full view of marker, on north curb of Old National Road
was then operated for 40 years as Oak Grove Farm by Wilsonís son Hamilton. The Wilson farm was illustrated in the 1875 atlas of Madison County. In 1895, John Thompson bought it and, upon his death in 1909, willed it to his housekeeper, Elizabeth Stone. She sold it that year to Herbert and Pearle Harper. They built the large barn for their herd of registered Hereford cattle. In 1925, Mrs. Harper began using the farmhouse as a tourist home, calling it “Terrace Lawn”. In 1976, after the Harpers died, the farm, consisting then of 184 acres, was sold at public auction to Kelso and Judith Wessel. The Wessels continued restoration and renovation of the Anderson House.
 
Erected 2015 by The Ohio National Road Association, Inc.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
 
Location. 39° 56.263′ N, 83° 24.535′ W. Marker is in Lafayette, Ohio, in Madison County. Marker is on Old National Pike (U.S. 40), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1615 Cumberland Road, London OH 43140, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Red Brick Tavern (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line);
The Anderson House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 16, 2016
3. The Anderson House Marker
Marker can be seen at a distance. Picture taken from the middle of the Road
The Molly Caren Agricultural Center (approx. 2.1 miles away); Alder Cabin (approx. 3.5 miles away); War Savings Stamps (approx. 4.1 miles away); First White Settlers of Madison County (approx. 4.1 miles away); Madison County World War Roll of Honor (approx. 4.1 miles away); Madison County Veteransí War Memorial (approx. 4.1 miles away); Plumwood Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.9 miles away).
 
Additional keywords. Old National Road
 
Categories. AgricultureArchitectureRoads & Vehicles
 
The Anderson House image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 16, 2016
4. The Anderson House
1875 drawing on the marker
The Anderson House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 16, 2016
5. The Anderson House Marker
c. 1925 poster, reproduced on the marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 23, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 136 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 17, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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