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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Adams County, Ohio

Clickable Map of Adams County, Ohio and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Adams County, OH (46) Brown County, OH (56) Highland County, OH (37) Pike County, OH (19) Scioto County, OH (63) Lewis County, KY (20) Mason County, KY (82)  AdamsCounty(46) Adams County (46)  BrownCounty(56) Brown County (56)  HighlandCounty(37) Highland County (37)  PikeCounty(19) Pike County (19)  SciotoCounty(63) Scioto County (63)  LewisCountyKentucky(20) Lewis County (20)  MasonCounty(82) Mason County (82)
West Union is the county seat for Adams County
Adjacent to Adams County, Ohio
      Brown County (56)  
      Highland County (37)  
      Pike County (19)  
      Scioto County (63)  
      Lewis County, Kentucky (20)  
      Mason County, Kentucky (82)  
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1 Ohio, Adams County, Cherry Fork — 3-1 — Covenanter Church1804
In 1804, a group of Scotch-Irish Covenanters from Rockbridge County, Virginia, erected a log church on this location. In 1805, they organized the Cherry Fork Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. Two brick churches were also built on this . . . Map (db m133853) HM
2 Ohio, Adams County, Manchester — 13-1 — Israel Donalson / Manchester Founders CemeteryMember of the First Constitutional Convention of Ohio / 1791-1888 Reported missing
Israel Donalson, member of the First Constitutional Convention of Ohio. In May 1800, Congress passed an act building the Northwest Territory, with the western division becoming Indiana Territory and the eastern called the Territory of the . . . Map (db m136539) HM
3 Ohio, Adams County, Manchester — Jeremiah Ellis1789-1857
Son of Nathan Ellis 1749-1819 Founder of “Ellis Ferry,” now Aberdeen, Ohio Established the Ellis Family Graveyard on his farm near Ellis’ Landing on the Ohio River Sprigg Township, Adams County, Ohio about 1820 ———— It was with thoughtful . . . Map (db m185498) HM
4 Ohio, Adams County, Manchester — Joseph Moore1754—1824
A local preacher organized a Methodist Society in 1797 at his home on the Scioto Brush Creek north of the village of Blue Creek in Adams County in the Northwest Territory. In August 1800 the Society built a log church on a site provided by Mr. . . . Map (db m185497) HM
5 Ohio, Adams County, Manchester — 17-1 — Manchester
Manchester was founded in 1791 by Nathaniel Massie as a base to survey the land warrants of American Revolutionary War soldiers in the Virginia Military District. This bank of the Ohio River provided a secure site for the last civilian stockade . . . Map (db m136536) HM
6 Ohio, Adams County, Manchester — 11-1 — Manchester, OhioFirst Settlement, Virginia Military District
In 1784, the state of Virginia ceded all of its Northwest Territory to the federal government except for this tract to satisfy the land bounties owed to its Revolutionary War soldiers. The Virginia Military District extended from the Scioto River . . . Map (db m136532) HM
7 Ohio, Adams County, Manchester — 4-1 — Massie’s Station1791
Massie’s Station, built in 1791, was the fourth permanent settlement center in Ohio and the last stockade settlement built in Ohio. It provided protection from the Indians for Manchester’s settlers until 1794. Manchester was . . . Map (db m136537) HM
8 Ohio, Adams County, Peebles — 1-5 — Adams County Mineral Springs
Medicinal value of springs promoted by Charles Matheny, 1840. First hotel built 1864 and resort named Sodaville. Under ownership of General Benjamin Coates, 1888–91, Smith Grimes 1891–08, and J. W. Rogers 1908–20. Mineral Springs Health Resort . . . Map (db m132963) HM
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9 Ohio, Adams County, Peebles — Burial Mound
Adena culture 600 B.C. to A.D. 100Map (db m214410) HM
10 Ohio, Adams County, Peebles — Burial Mound
Fort Ancient culture A.D. 1000 to 1650Map (db m214411) HM
11 Ohio, Adams County, Peebles — Cairn of Peace
First plaque Cairn of Peace dedicated at World’s Conservation Exposition and 5th World Plowing Contest September 19- 20, 1957 Second plaque These competitors were in the World Plowing Matches Peebles, Ohio . . . Map (db m121814) HM
12 Ohio, Adams County, Peebles — 14 — Locust GroveAbandoned to the Rebels — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —
On the night of July 15, 1863, Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and his Confederate raiders set up camp along a seven-mile stretch between the villages of Jacksonville and Locust Grove. The following morning, General Morgan rode into Locust . . . Map (db m214407) HM
13 Ohio, Adams County, Peebles — 1-6 — Peebles Reported missing
Platted in 1881 by Isaiah Custer on the junction of old Zane's Trace (1796-97) and the Cincinnati & Eastern Railway (1881). Incorporated 1886. Named after John G. Peebles, Portsmouth, Ohio businessman. David Nixon constructed the first house in . . . Map (db m223788) HM
14 Ohio, Adams County, Peebles — 15-1 — Serpent Mound
One of North America’s most spectacular effigy mounds, Serpent Mound is a gigantic earthen sculpture representative of a snake. Built on a spur of rock overlooking Ohio Brush Creek around 1000 A.D. by the Fort Ancient culture, the earthwork . . . Map (db m214413) HM
15 Ohio, Adams County, Peebles — The Serpent In American Indian Traditions
In the traditions of many American Indian tribes, the Great Serpent was a powerful spirit. People could call upon the Great Serpent for the power to cure-illnesses or to be successful in hunting animals. The Great Serpent offered its power in the . . . Map (db m214415) HM
16 Ohio, Adams County, Peebles — The Shawnee And The King Of The Serpents
According to Tenskwatawa, often referred to as the Shawnee Prophet, when the first Shawnee people came to this land many thousands of years ago, several warriors were lost when they were taken beneath the sea on the back of an immense turtle. . . . Map (db m214417) HM
17 Ohio, Adams County, Peebles — The Village Site
Frederic W. Putnam, the Harvard University archaeologist who studied Serpent Mound in the late 1800s, described this area as a village site - actually two overlapping village sites, one earlier and one later. Here he found "sites of . . . Map (db m214418) HM
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18 Ohio, Adams County, Peebles — What Is An Effigy Mound?
An effigy mound is a geoglyph, or symbol made of earth. The most common effigy mounds in North America are animal effigies. Ohio has only two well-documented effigy mounds, Serpent Mound and Alligator Mound. Ohio's effigy mounds were . . . Map (db m214420) HM
19 Ohio, Adams County, Peebles — 2-1 — Wickerham Inn1800-01
The inn was built 1800-01 by Peter Wickerham, a Revolutionary War veteran. It was used as an overnight stagecoach stop and tavern on Zane's Trace until ca. 1850. Runaway slaves were hidden here when the "Underground Railroad" was in operation. . . . Map (db m108129) HM
20 Ohio, Adams County, Peebles, Bratton Township — Astronomical Alignments At Serpent Mound
The head of Serpent Mound is lined up to the point on the western horizon where the sun sets on the Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year. Some think the three main curves of the serpent's body point to the Summer Solstice sunrise, . . . Map (db m214409) HM
21 Ohio, Adams County, Peebles, Bratton Township — Exploring Serpent MoundFredric Ward Putnam
"the most singular sensation of awe and admiration overwhelmed me … there seemed to come to me a picture as of a distant time, of a people with strange customs, and with it came the demand for an interpretation of this mystery. The . . . Map (db m214412) HM
22 Ohio, Adams County, Peebles, Bratton Township — Serpent Mound Impact Crater
Serpent Mound sits within a large crater almost nine miles across. The bedrock in the center of the crater has been thrust upwards to between 400 and 900 feet above its original position, while an outer ring of bedrock has dropped from at least . . . Map (db m214414) HM
23 Ohio, Adams County, Rome — 8-1 — Rome(Stout Post Office)
A thriving riverport in the 19th Century founded in 1835 by William Stout. Elisha Stout, son of William, born and raised here, was one of the founding fathers of Omaha, Nebraska and Denver, Colorado. Former site of Adamsville which served as the . . . Map (db m73138) HM
24 Ohio, Adams County, Seaman — 1-7 — Seaman
Founded 1887 by John Q. Roads on the Cincinnati & Eastern Railway (1881) and the Old West Union Road (1807). Incorporated 1911. Named after Franklin Seaman who donated land to the railroad for a station. Home of Will Rogers, "The Black King of the . . . Map (db m108200) HM
25 Ohio, Adams County, Sinking Spring — Welcome To Serpent Mound
"Serpent Mound was purposefully built for a special, sacred purpose. I should think that anyone that views the Serpent will realize its sacredness and treat this place as they would any cathedral, synagogue, or mosque. When we see . . . Map (db m214419) HM
26 Ohio, Adams County, Sinking Spring — Who Built Serpent Mound?
The ancestors of the American Indians of the Eastern Woodlands built Serpent Mound, but archaeologists disagree about when they built it. Some argue that the Adena culture built the mound around 2,300 years ago. This is the same culture . . . Map (db m214422) HM
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27 Ohio, Adams County, Sinking Spring, Brushcreek Township — A Missing Coil?
Archaeologists from Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc. assisted by volunteers, followed up on the magnetometry survey by excavating a trench across a portion of the lost coll feature. The results suggested that part of the mound had once covered this . . . Map (db m214408) HM
28 Ohio, Adams County, Sinking Spring, Brushcreek Township — The Serpent Mound
The serpent head was first described by Squire and Davis in "Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley" 1843 Saved from destruction in 1885 by Fredrick Ward Futnam, Professor of American Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University. . . . Map (db m214416) HM
29 Ohio, Adams County, West Union — Adams County Heritage Center
This structure erected 1835 as Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. Congregation organized in 1812. Many members active participants in Underground Railroad. Church closed 1894. Oscar C. Roebuck operated mortuary here 1909 ’till 1936. Then used . . . Map (db m135304) HM
30 Ohio, Adams County, West Union — Adams County War Memorial
Dedicated to the valiant men and women of Adams County who served their country with honor and distinction in all wars
"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to relive it" George Santayana, American Poet and . . . Map (db m199323) WM
31 Ohio, Adams County, West Union — Bell
Bell from Second Adams County Courthouse 1811 - 1876Map (db m199322) HM
32 Ohio, Adams County, West Union — 1-1 — Bradford Tavern1804
The Bradford Tavern, West Union’s first inn built circa 1804, served the Maysville-Zanesville stagecoach route and such travelers as Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, and Santa Anna. After 1840, it was continued as the Marlatt House and, later, the . . . Map (db m135307) HM
33 Ohio, Adams County, West Union — Corp. Carey Mc. Moore
In memory of Corp. Carey Mc. Moore Co. L 148, Inf. 37, Div. Born Dec. 6, 1896 Killed In Action Argonne Forest Sept. 29, 1918Map (db m199324) WM
34 Ohio, Adams County, West Union — 18-1 — Cowboy Copas / The Oklahoma Cowboy
Country music writer and recording star Lloyd Estel Copas was born on July 15, 1913 on Moon Hollow near Blue Creek in Adams County, Ohio. Reared by musical parents, he learned to play the guitar and fiddle at an early age and began a singing . . . Map (db m135306) HM
35 Ohio, Adams County, West Union — 12-1 — First Presbyterian ChurchThomas Kirker — American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site —
side A First Presbyterian Church The First Presbyterian Church of West Union, built in 1810, is known as the "Church of the Governors." Although the date is uncertain, the congregation was organized circa 1800 on Thomas Kirker's land on . . . Map (db m122227) HM
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36 Ohio, Adams County, West Union — First West Union Post Office
First West Union Post Office Est. 1805Map (db m214440) HM
37 Ohio, Adams County, West Union — Hon. John T. Wilson's Tribute To The Soldiers
Hon. John T. Wilson's tribute to the Soldiers. 1861 - 1865. Ohio Bicentennial 1803-2003 Rededicated June 14, 2003 In celebration of the Ohio Bicentennial In memory of the Soldiers of Adams County Ohio who were killed or died . . . Map (db m199326) WM
38 Ohio, Adams County, West Union — 14-1 — Lafferty Funeral Collection
The William Lafferty Memorial Funeral and Carriage Collection shows the development of the funeral business since the mid-1800s through an exhibit of caskets, funeral clothing, and hearses collected and preserved by James William . . . Map (db m135347) HM
39 Ohio, Adams County, West Union — Olde Wayside Inn
Ohio's oldest standing inn still in use. Built in 1804.Map (db m199307) HM
40 Ohio, Adams County, West Union — 19-1 — Pioneer County Seat / Camp Hamer
A short distance south of Zane’s Trace, West Union was established by an act of the Ohio Legislature on April 13, 1803, as the seat of Adams County. West Union was surveyed in the spring of the following year, and became important stagecoach . . . Map (db m135312) HM
41 Ohio, Adams County, West Union — 16-1 — West Union Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church / Reverend John Graham
Members of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church settled in Adams County as early as 1797. The West Union congregation was organized in 1812, and a lot was purchased for the construction of a public house of worship. This brick church, . . . Map (db m135303) HM
42 Ohio, Adams County, West Union — Zane TraceTreber Inn — Asahel Eddington —
Ohio’s first highway and mail route authorized by Congress 1796 marked and cleared in 1797 by Col. Ebenezer Zane a blazed trail, it became the route of the old stage line from Maysville to Wheeling used by noted statesmen to and from the . . . Map (db m121836) HM
43 Ohio, Adams County, West Union, Sprigg Township — 10-1 — The Bentonville Anti-Horse Thief Society
Originally a vigilante group, the Anti-Horse Thief Society was formed here in March 1853 by area landowners to recover stolen horses and prosecute the thieves. Horse theft was a serious offense in the antebellum era. Trustees nominated a captain and . . . Map (db m214406) HM
44 Ohio, Adams County, Winchester — 13 — WinchesterCapturing the Daily Stagecoach — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —
Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and his raiders galloped into Winchester about 8:30 am on July 15, 1863. The rebels immediately began searching businesses and private residences for firearms, food, horses and anything else that . . . Map (db m108236) HM
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45 Ohio, Adams County, Winchester — 9-1 — Winchester, Ohio – 1815 / Morgan’s Raid – 1863
Winchester, Ohio. Founded November 8, 1815 by General Joseph Darlinton and named for his Virginia birthplace. Winchester was incorporated in 1864 and later became the eastern terminus of the Cincinnati and Eastern Railway (1877-1880). The . . . Map (db m133890) HM
46 Ohio, Adams County, Wrightsville — Buckeye Station
One half mile north of this monument the home of Gen. Nathaniel Massie, founder of Manchester in 1791, first settlement in the Virginia Military District. Residence of Charles Willing Byrd, Secretary and Acting Governor, Northwest Territory and . . . Map (db m45344) HM
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Mar. 4, 2024