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Historic Homes of Ironton, Ohio

 

Lawrence County Courthouse 
Courthouse Square. The stone Greek Revival style courthouse was completed by builder J. C. Unkefer & Co., in 1907, and replaced the federal style courthouse which burned. The fifth street annex was added in 1978.
122 South 4th Street 
Built in 1872 by DeWitt Clinton Wilson, physician, for his residence. His office was at 4th and center. He once remarked that he married Electa Alderman and voted for President U.S. Grant on the same day, Nov. 8th, 1872. This house later was the residence of the John Rist family. In recent times it has been the office of attorneys. Wilson subsequently built at 422 So 6th St.
403 Railroad Street - Memorial Hall
Constructed in 1892 as a memorial to the Grand Army of the Republic, the building was partially destroyed by the fire in 1905. Only the tower and the stone facade remain from the original structure. It originally housed Briggs Library and club rooms. Later the building housed the city jail and city government offices. It is now vacant.
416 Lawrence Street 
This is Ironton's oldest farm house, built in 1840 by James Fraley, before the city was organized in 1849, and then sold by Ohio Iron & Coal Co. to John Glidden. This Greek Revival two-story brick has pillars and wrought iron castings that support a porch. The decorative wrought iron gives the house a "New Orleans" effect. When the city was laid out, much of the land in front of the house became sidewalk and street. It was known as the Henry Staab home from 1905-1979.
424 Lawrence Street
Probably built in the mid 1800's by Dr. William D. Wilson, who was the medical examiner in 1852. His office was in this house, also. He and his wife, Jerusha, both died here in 1898. Another resident was Ebenezer Moore. He operated Moore's Stogie Factory at Second and Lawrence Sts. The business's slogan was "None but an expert can tell a Moore's Stogie from a Key West!" Descendents of Moore owned the house until recent years when the Lawrence County CAO bought it, restored and renovated it and moved the JTPA offices here. It is now privately owned and used for business offices.
510 Lawrence Street
Built in the mid 1800's by Joe Campbell, son of Hiram. Joe left the firm of H. Campbell & Sons to become a feature writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer, and sold the house to Nicholas McMahon in 1893. The McMahon family lived in the home until 1978. Wilbur and Joyce Rapp, present owners, spent three years restoring the house, uncovering lovely floors, discovering a back stairway, restoring the front stairway, etc.
516 Lawrence Street
It is not clear who built this Italianate style two-story brick. One source credits Captain Harry Brown, an Ohio River Packet Boat Operator. Another source states it was built by J. H. Bothwell, a director of Belfont Iron Works and owner of the first cut nail factory in the Hanging Rock Iron Region. both lived in the house...the question is "Who was first?"
605 Lawrence Street
This Federal-Greek Revival one-story brick house was built by the Lanhan family in 1857. Mrs. Lanham was a school teacher. The bricks used were produced on Lawrence St. in the same brickyard that manufactured those used in the Campbell house. Henry Horn, a butcher, bought the house in 1891 and his family owned it until the 1980's when it was purchased and restored by the Lawrence County CAO and resold and is now a private residence.
321 North Fifth Street
The 24 room French second empire style mansion, noted for its mansard roof, was built in 1850 by Hiram Campbell, cousin of John. President Rutherford B. Hayes was entertained here. Hiram operated Mt. Vernon Furnace and was the builder of Sarah Furnace in South Ironton, near the location of Ironton Iron, and served in the Ohio Legislature.
305 North Fifth Street 
305 No Fifth St. - John Campbell and his wife, Elizabeth Clark Campbell, built this 22-room Early Victorian brick home in 1850. While the porch is not original, the house does retain many original features, including an impressive solid black walnut staircase to the third floor. The bricks with which the house was built were molded and fired on the grounds, from clay dug on site. An active abolitionist, Campbell aided many runaway slaves traveling north through Lawrence County. Campbell had an interest in 14 furnaces in the Hanging Rock iron region. He is known as the founder of Ironton, due to the fact that he organized and served as president of Ohio Iron & Coal Company, the group that purchased the land and laid out the city. He was the prime mover behind the Iron Railroad which carried iron from the furnaces in remote areas of the county, to the Ohio River for shipment all over the country, and indeed the world. Subsequent occupants were the Bingaman-Jones Funeral Home and later, Baker Funeral Home. The Lawrence County Community Action Organization offices are now located here, and care has been taken to maintain the original plan of the historic building.

 

 

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