OOS Sculpture

Parkersburg Marker

1994 / Creator Unknown / Bryan

Parkersburg Marker.JPG

An old millstone stands erect on a concrete foundation, bearing a plaque noting the history of the short-lived village of Parkersburg and the various mills and other history of the area from about 1837-1901. The round millstone has a large square hole in the center, covering about half of the diameter.

Location: Southern point of the village of Parkersburg (vacated), County Road I, approximately .1 mile east of County Road 15-50

County

: Williams

Citation

: “Parkersburg Marker ,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture , accessed August 2, 2021, https://oos.sculpturecenter.org/index.php/items/show/2155.

Title

Parkersburg Marker

Description

An old millstone stands erect on a concrete foundation, bearing a plaque noting the history of the short-lived village of Parkersburg and the various mills and other history of the area from about 1837-1901. The round millstone has a large square hole in the center, covering about half of the diameter.

Date

1994

Publisher

Ohio Outdoor Sculpture

Type

Identifier

2155

Location City

Location County

Location Notes

Near northwest corner of Parkersburg Wildlife area, on the north side of the road.

Provider Qualifier

Millstone donated by

Provider Entity

Dr. Frederick and Susan (Swisher) Richardson

Location Street

County Road I, approximately .1 mile east of County Road 15-50

Location Type

Materials

Inscription

The plaque on the base reads,
"Site of Parkersburg"
"North of this point lies the village of Parkersburg, platted by Andrew Ferrier, Jan. 25, 1838. The village plot was vacated Sept. 1844."
"North of C.R. I, along Beaver Creek, lie the sites of three mills: The Andrew Smith Sawmill built ca 1837; the Henry Newman Sawmill built ca 1838; and the J. M. Hester Mill built ca 1870 near the present reconstructed mill dam site. The Andrew Ferrier Mill, built ca 1837, lies just east of this point."
"This millstone was donated by Dr. Frederick and Susan (Swisher) Richardson."
"West of the intersection of C.R. I and C.R. 15-50, lies the site of the Henry Newman Civil War underground railroad station. Still further west lies the site of the W.S. Boone Sawmill."
"About 1/4 mile east of S.R. 15 is the site of the largest walnut tree (6 ft. diameter and 60 ft. to the first limb) cut in the U.S. ca 1901."
"The famous Samuel K. Swisher gravel pit, lies just north of this point in the vicinity of the Parkersburg village plot."
"Plaque erected by Williams County Historical Society" "Montpelier, OH 1994"

Additional Resources

Richardson, W. (2008). Parkersburg. Northwest Historian, 19 (3), 1b-4b.