Next Meeting: Thurs, Feb 8, 7:30pm at Barlow Community Center. Learn about grassroots effort to save home with strong ties to the Underground Railroad.
Jonathan Metcalf House
This Federal/Greek Revival Transitional house was built by Dr. Jonathan Metcalf around 1824 and later owned by W.I. Chamberlain, a well-known agriculturalist and editor of the Ohio Farmer.
The original house consisted of the present front-gabled, two-story core. It was used as a tenant house on the Edward Fitch farm in the early 1900s and moved to this location by his widow, Bessie McFarlin Fitch, in 1924. There are two additions to the east and to the rear. The windows are new, but have kept the symmetry of the elegant facade. The double-pilastered entrance and the decorated entablature with its radiant fanlight give it an air of formal welcome.
The original Chamberlain farm covered 110 acres, spreading on both sides of Aurora Street. A secondary farmhouse stood at 2156 Aurora Street and a cattle barn was located at 2144 Aurora Street. The Ohio Turnpike now crosses what was once the farm’s original sugarbush.