The Historic Russell-Cooper House In Mount Vernon, Ohio.
The Russell-Cooper House is a bed and breakfast in Mount Vernon, Ohio. The home was built in 1830’s and remained in one family until the current owner.
I remember this being referred to as “The Birthday Cake House” when I was younger. Mount Vernon was safe enough then that I was free to roam the east side of town on my bicycle and explore. As a boy, I often wondered why anyone would need such a huge house.
Most of these large house have been maintained. Some are converted into apartments. They all have “carriage houses” in the back where horses were kept.
Looking at the remaining wall next to where The Old Newark Advocate building used to stand is quite a history lesson. Look at all the different layers of different wall coverings. Now that it the building is gone, the patchwork of different walls, peeling back to reveal how different they appeared at different times.
If you asked someone for their recollection of the building, you’re going to get different stories depending on what time they were there. Time is always changing and so are viewpoints of history.
I think the biggest telltale sign of a history bullshitter is a person who takes one perspective of a historical even and demands that that viewpoint represents all of the fact. Sadly, it’s not hard to find a history bullshitter.
National Road History peaks my interest. Every year, less and less evidence of the old road exist. More vanishes and gives way to newer things. Today I rode from Route 13 to Columbus, Ohio on Route 40 to have a look.
The Jack Town Pub Is Gone
Today, 1/2/2017, The Jack Town Pub is gone.
I heard so many rumors about the demise of The Jack Town Pub that I wouldn’t really know the exact cause. What replaces it will tell me more about what really happened here. The end result though, a missing piece of Licking County, Ohio history on The National Road. Not all of it can be saved. We can hope something promising replaces it.
The Shamrock Is Falling Into Severe Disrepair
Old historical buildings tend to turn into rummage sales, antique stores, and flea markets before their demise. It’s as if they are recalling better times and spewing out remnants from those days.
National Road history is so interesting because it’s still alive. You can drive out to it and touch and feel it. The modern day equivalent roars loud nearby on Interstate 70.
The road stretches from the middle of Illinois to Baltimore, Maryland. Where it starts and stops depends on what level of National Road purist you are.
Today’s foggy January 2, 2017 visit was just another witness to the state of the road. As for so long, it just slowly rots away and occasionally headway is made and new businesses arrive.
I finally had the chance to see The Woodward Opera House in Mount Vernon, Ohio. The theater operated from the 1850’s – 1920’s. What an interesting experience to stand in a theater vacated since the 1920’s! It’s likely that I had ancestors that visited this theater.
Part of the reason that this incredible building is standing is that it was part of a building that had many other uses. While theater might have only been used for storage, the rest of the building remained active.
Here’s an interesting hero in history that I never learned about in school. Congressional hearings revealed a plot to overthrow the government with a military coup that would be financed by major corporations of the time.
I can understand where genealogy research can bore some people. If you catch the bug though, I highly recommend following through with the project. My research led to many ancestors being buried in this simple church yard in Condit, Ohio.
This was the church of my ancestors and many of them are buried here. All of their farms were nearby.
According to the historical records of these folks, the new revisionists version of history missed them somehow. Not much white privilege were they bestowed. The were simple farmers and a few found their way to the battlefields according to the tombstones.
This is why I find genealogy to be important. When you see the records and get to know your real history, you see the lies their selling you today.
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