538 West Front Street

The Powell House

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The Powell House:


It's anything but an imposing or architecturally significant house, but it belongs in this series if for no other reason than that it could conceivably be the oldest residence in Perrysburg. It is often referred to as the Powell Cottage at 538 West Front Street and it was probably built in the early 1820s.

It is not even certain that Powell built this very small house which is believed at one time to have been a log cabin. But he owned the land it is on from 1825 until 1827 and it is generally thought that he lived there. Thomas W. Powell came to this area in 1820 when, by his own account, there was not a single house on any of the inlots.


538 West Front Street

In fact, Front Street had just been cut open and cleared of trees and brush. Before that it was a trail along the river bluff used by Native American Indians and military units passing through the area.

Powell was one of the earliest school teachers in the settlement of Orleans of the North, a mile or so upriver at the foot of Fort Meigs. He was admitted to the bar and for a short time he was Wood County prosecuting attorney and later auditor. He was also at one time Perrysburg Township Justice of the Peace.

The home is Greek Revival style with simple details, and over the years it has had many additions, including a front porch which was removed in 1983. There are two 1/1 double-hung sash windows with shutters in the front flanked by molded pilasters. A wide frieze board runs around the house and ends within an entablature of a broken pediment and a single attic window in the gable. It is said that the original log beams are visible in the attic.

Thomas Powell left Perrysburg in 1830 and re-settled in Delaware, Ohio . It is not known when he died.

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