The Jefferson Depot Village

Depot News

News Release:  September,  2017 -  Help Us Save, Move, and Restore the 1850 Queen Anne Victorian Home,
                                                            to be moved into the Historic 19th Century Jefferson Depot Village with all
                                                            the other Ashtabula County buildings.  Moving Cost:  $45,000.  Please mail
                                                            your tax-deductible check to Jefferson Depot, Inc., PO Box 22, Jefferson, OH
                                                           44047 marked "HOUSE".    We have raised $31,000 todate for the move and
                                                           purchased this gem from a bygone era with your donations!   Thank you!
              The 1860 former Post Office / Grocery Store from 1204 Mechanicsville Road, in Austinburg Township is now

the tour entrance into the Historic Ashtabula County "living history village" museum.  This building was donated by
Andra R. Connolly & Lorie J. Young.  Since we already have Hohn's General Store and the Sheffield Post Office in our 19th
century village, this building is the "Library/ Welcome Center".  Like most of our buildings, it was in deplorable condition
and it is being restored by volunteers and financial supporters.  If you can help work or donate, our address is  Jefferson Depot,
Inc.,, P. O. Box 22, Jefferson, OH 44047,.  To help restore, please enter on East Walnut Street or call Jean 614-507-5246 or
Autumn 440-812-1100.

              Grand Opening of the 1879 Eric Westfall Carriage House will be the 2nd weekend in July, 2018.  Walk thru
the antique "Annette Fitch doors", originally on one of the first houses built in Jefferson next to the County Courthouse, 
donated by Louise Legeza.  On display inside is the ornate 1864 Lenox Cornet Bandwagon used for parades, donated by
the Lenox Township Trustees, the original 1880 One-Horse Sleigh donated by Dr.\and Mrs. Charles Curie, and the
Jefferson Fire Department's first hose cart, pulled by people.  

             We are restoring sixteen 19th century buildings in the historic village -  all from Ashtabula County. 

   The Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad Station is the only one on its original site, on the  
   National Register of Historic Places.  All the other buildings have been moved onto this property.  All
   are original except Hohn's General Store.  It was condemned so we stripped it, built a shell, and put
   all its original parts back in it,  even the front doors are original.

             We rely solely on donations and fund-raisers.  Volunteer workers and members are welcome to join us
  in saving, restoring, and preserving an early part of our history.   We now portray the 1890's in costume
  and voice on all tours, with interpreters in all the historic buildings for group tours.  Come and Step Back
  in Time with us Saturday,  Sunday 1-4 p.m., Monday, Thursday 10-4 p.m. or groups any time by calling
  614-507-5246 or 440-812-1100.

                                                         1864  Lenox Cornet Bandwagon

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