Gazette News Report
CEDARVILLE — As part of the Ohio Historical Connection’s “Open Doors” program, Attorney General Mike DeWine and wife, Fran, are opening their Cedarville home for tours 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.
— the former home of Civil War journalist and vice-presidential candidate Whitelaw Reid — for tours 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.
The home, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1823, by Robert Reid, father of Civil War journalist and vice-presidential candidate Whitelaw Reid. Attendees can join the DeWines for a tour and to hear more about the history of the house and the life of Whitelaw Reid.
The DeWines bought the home, 2587 Conley Road, in 1974, and have been working on it ever since.
Ohio Open Doors is a state-wide effort where building and landmark sponsors open their doors to the public for behind-the-scenes tours and programs. During this special commemoration, nearly 100 building hosts across the state will hold events honoring the history, design and stories of their historic places.
“Ohio Open Doors showcases the stories of important landmarks right in our backyard,” said Burt Logan, executive director and CEO of the Ohio History Connection. “The 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act is the perfect time to highlight the history and the uniqueness of Ohio’s most treasured places.”
Established in 1966, the National Historic Preservation Act has been instrumental in preserving the historic fabric of cities and neighborhoods. It has transformed the face of communities from coast to coast, establishing the legal framework and incentives to preserve historic buildings, landscapes and archaeology. The act drives economic revitalization by attracting investment, supporting small business, stabilizing neighborhoods and creating jobs.
Gazette news report compiled by Scott Halasz.