202 West Fifth Street

The James Hood House

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The James Hood House:


Like so many of our fine old homes, this one at 202 West Fifth Street is of Greek Revival design ("temple style"), and it was built around 1857 by a man who called three different places home.

James Hood came to this area in 1834 with his parents and a group of immigrating Scotsmen.

His parents took up residence on Hull Prairie where he grew up.

It is not known when he came to Perrysburg, but in 1847 he and his brother William were operating a general store on the corner of Front Street and Louisiana Avenue.


202 West Fifth Street

The house he built is a two and a half-story frame with a shallow roof pitch, broad fascia and return gable ends characteristic of its architectural style. The recessed Greek entrance features complete entablature above, and it is flanked by Doric pilasters with sidelights around the single door. The upper part of the front gable has a pedimental fanlight. The rear of the house appears to be an addition, possibly done during substantial remodeling around 1911.

Mr. Hood was Perrysburg's mayor in 1857-58, and earlier he was township clerk and clerk for Township School District 9. He was also one of the organizers in 1851 of the Wood County Agricultural Society which, in the fall of that year, put on the first Wood County Fair.

He retired from business here and made his home in Bowling Green where he was one of the leaders in the Methodist Church there. He is believed to be one of the signers in 1866 of a bond for $15,000 to donate ground and buildings for county purposes if voters approved the removal of the county seat to that village -- which, of course, they did in a controversial election.

James Hood died in 1872 back at Hull Prairie where he at that time again made his home. He was 65 years old.

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