4241 Hamilton Richmond Road -
also known as Lot 100 of the original Darrtown plat by village founder Conrad Darr
Research contributed by Marvin Russell - October 2018
RECORD OF OWNERSHIP
On 10/12/18, 8:48 AM, Rick Martin wrote:
Fred, my father reworked the kitchen in about 1967 for Mural True. She was Opel's sister, I think.
On 10/12/18, 10:09 PM, Sally Johnson wrote:
I was first in the house in 1962 or 1963, when it belonged to Margaret O'Conner. Grandma (Opal) and I went to look at the house, because her sister, Merle Trew, wanted to move to Darrtown. I fell in love with the house right off the bat. I remember Ms. O'Conner showing us a secret compartment that she had someone build into the fireplace mantle. It was accessed by removing a long nail and sliding down a panel.
Merle bought the house and moved in; but, for some reason she never wanted to stay there over night. She would go to the McVicker house to sleep. When I was visiting once, I offered to spend the night there with her. I didn't sleep much that night--I was in the little room on the north end of the house in the bed my great grandfather died in. That was the only time Merle spent the night there. Our extended family did spend one Christmas Day there.
Like her sister, Opal, Merle was a grade school teacher. When she retired from a 45 year teaching career, the school (Fillmore) had her portrait done. That portrait hung in the front hallway of the house. Merle took ill and was hospitalized at Fort Hamilton. While she was there, Grandma and I went to check on the house. The portrait was sitting on the floor in the hall -- the nail still in the wall and the wire intact. I could tell grandma was upset. When I asked her why, she told me that when a picture falls off the wall, someone is going to die. Merle never came home from the hospital.
On 10/13/18, 5:20 PM, Charles Teckman wrote:
Fred. I am aware that my parents owned the home in 1947. The Glardon women who lived there did not leave enough money to be buried and my parents helped Ellis pay her expenses, by purchasing her home as the estate was settled, as a favor to Ellis Glardon who drove a truck for my dad. This is the first time I have seen deed data.
Observations and/or stories about this property...
1955 Oxford Press article tells tale of Darrtown "toll house"
"Spoiler Alert!" - The "toll house" claim is refuted by other research. For more information about toll houses located along the Darrtown Pike, see History of Darrtown Pike.
November 2000 Oxford Press article tells tale of couple finding "inner house."
1998 PROPERTY LISTING FOR 4241 HAMILTON-RICHMOND ROAD
IMAGES OF LOG CABIN LOCATED ON LOT 100 IN DARRTOWN, OHIO
ABOVE: This image is believed to have been taken in the 1940's. This image was shot looking west; with the south end of the house at the left. Notice the open porch on the north (right) end of the house. In the photo below, the north porch has been enclosed.
ABOVE: This image shows that the former north porch (at the right) was enclosed and the south porch (at the left) was a "screened-in" porch.
ABOVE: This image shows the house in its current (2019) state, with a portion of the log cabin visible at the south end of the house. Darrtown's Main Street (St. Rt. 177) runs past the front of the structure, north and south. Schollenbarger Road runs west from this location.
ABOVE: David Wm. Wrage posted this image of the house on Facebook, in November 2019. He noted, "The first house my parents ever owned. I lived in this house for the first 3 years of my life. It used to have clapboard siding all the way around."
RIGHT: This image shows the exterior of the back (west) wall of the original log cabin.
is extended to Terry and Shelly Neal for sharing information and images of their log cabin.