239 East Front Street

The Ladd House #1

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The Ladd House #1:


It's a well preserved, small Queen Anne cottage sitting at 239 East Front Street. Its historic name is the Ladd House and it was built in 1872, but for whom is somewhat in question.

The owner in 1982 said it was built for Anna M. Ladd, daughter of Judge David Ladd, an early Perrysburg settler and U.S. land agent. County records indicate that the house is on property then owned by F. R. Miller (builder of the Centennial Block on Louisiana Avenue) and that the daughter owned it beginning in 1894.

At any rate, the tombstone of one of Judge Ladd's three wives, Abby, who died in 1837,


239 East Front Street

is said to have been discovered in the back yard and now is set in concrete in a back patio. Her body was most likely moved from the old city cemetery on Indiana Avenue at Cherry Street to Fort Meigs Union Cemetery.

The house is similar in style to country cottages made popular by architect A. J. Dowling in the first half of the 1800s. The front gable has a narrow, plain bargeboard, but there is a narrow, plain ornament beneath which is a triangular gable window. A picture window with a mansard canopy is under this. The entrance is under a porch with a shed roof supported by turned posts. The gable on the west side has a window set into a corner cut that has a supporting bracket and decorative pendant.

David Ladd, who was here as early as 1823, was one of several men who in 1836 bought land on the north shore just downriver from the rock bar and platted a town then named Marengo. A money panic the following year dashed their hopes and resulted in a sheriff's sale. He is described in one account as having lived in 1834 in a log house once used by some Scottish immigrants arriving here. 

At one time, Ladd operated a ferry from the foot of Maple Street to the town of Port Miami across the Maumee River. He was an associate judge of Common Pleas court from 1838 until 1845 and was one of the organizers and president of the Wood County Horticulture Society. He was township trustee in 1847.

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