5 stunning old homes that are important pieces of the region’s history

Looking for a reason to get out of the house?

A visit to five historic home sites in the area - each with a fascinating history - may be the perfect escape.

The Westcott House 

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Credit: HANDOUT

Springfield’s Westcott House was designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1908.

During the 1940s, the home was converted into a multi-unit apartment building, altering the architectural significance. An extensive 4-year restoration project returned the home to its original glory.

The home, designed in Wright’s Prairie School architectural style, relates the building to the surrounding grounds that include a terrace, lily pond and landscaped gardens.

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Piatt Castles 

Located in West Liberty, the Piatt Castles are two chateaux built in Gothic style.

The homes, Mac-A-Cheek and Mac-O-Chee, were built by the brothers Donn and Abraham S. Piatt in the 1860s and 1870s.

The structures are now a private, family-owned museum that interpret the history of Ohio.

More information on Piatt Castles.

Hawthorn Hill 

Credit: Lisa Powell

Credit: Lisa Powell

Completed in 1914, the Georgian Revival style mansion in Oakwood was home to Orville Wright, his sister Katharine and their father, Bishop Milton Wright.

Though Wilbur was involved with the planning of the home, he died before it was finished.

The restored home is much the same as when the Wrights lived there and gives visitors a behind the scenes look at how the family lived.

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The library is an example of Orville’s innovative spirit. His retrofitted arm chair and footstool are among the items in the house he left his personal mark on.

More information on Hawthorn Hill.

Centerville historic stone homes 

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Credit: Lisa Powell

The largest collection of stone buildings in Ohio can be found in Centerville. Several of the picturesque historic homes have been converted into museums.

The Walton House was built in 1838 by Henry Reese. It had several owners before it was purchased by William and Miriam Walton in 1927. Mrs. Walton died in 1971, and the home was given to the Centerville-Washington Township historical society.

The Aaron Nutt Cottage stands at 20 feet wide by 31 feet long and is made from hand-hewn stone. Today it serves as a library, collections and archives repository.

The Asahel Wright House is a two-story stone home built in 1806 with a frame addition. Asahel Wright, a great-uncle of Wilbur and Orville Wright, bought the property on August 16, 1816.

Today the Asahel Wright House is operated by Centerville- Washington History as a museum and school.

More information on Centerville's stone homes.

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Patterson Homestead 

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Credit: Lisa Powell

The original home of Revolutionary War soldier Col. Robert Patterson, the Federal-style historic house museum tells the story of Dayton’s Patterson family.

Col. Patterson, who helped found Lexington, Ky. and Cincinnati, was the father of John H. Patterson, the founder of National Cash Register. Three generations of the family lived there.

The Dayton home showcases antiques and Patterson family artifacts in six period rooms.

Special tours must be scheduled two weeks in advance. Dates for a monthly open house can be found on the Dayton History events calendar.

More information on Patterson Homestead.

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