300 West Second Street

The Powell House #2

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The Powell House #2:

 

Andrew Jackson was President when the center, or "upright," portion of this Greek Revival home at 300 West Second was built by Thomas W. Powell.

At least he is presumed the builder, having purchased the lot from Ambrose Rice three years earlier

. Powell is also believed to be the builder of the small frame house known as Powell's Cottage at 538 West Front.

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300 West Second Street

This is called a fine example of its popular architectural style, once a small "two over two"-room house. At some later date wings were added at either side. The single story wing on the left is recessed from the facade with the roof extended in a slight curve to form a porch. The street-facing gable features an entablature along the sides, with a plain wood entablature under the rakeboard of the gable. The chimney extends through the center of the gable ridge.

Thomas Powell came to Ohio from Utica, New York, and arrived in Perrysburg in 1820. In the same year he was admitted to the bar. Upon arriving here through the Black Swamp, he noted that there was not a single house (perhaps other than log) in this settlement, and he crossed the river to stay at a public house in Maumee. He almost immediately was appointed Wood County prosecuting attorney, a job he held for the next 10 years. He later, of course, did live in Perrysburg and was one of, if not the first, school teachers here, and Justice of the Peace of Perrysburg Township. He prosecuted the first man hanged for murder in Wood County (at the eastern foot of Fort Meigs).

In 1976 the house was completely restored by the Frank Hirsts with the original woodwork and molding retained. Many of the windows contain original panes and bark covered beams are visible in the basement.

Thomas Powell left Perrysburg for Delaware, Ohio, in 1830 when this area failed to provide the kind of professional growth and prosperity he desired.

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