Five Oaks, a stone residence now owned by the Massillon Heritage Foundation, was built in 1894 by J. Walter and Flora McClymonds. McClymonds, a distinguished Civil War veteran, was an industrialist, financier, and philanthropist. Designed by the prominent Cleveland architect, Charles F. Schweinfurth, the mansion has, since 1924, been the home of Massillon Woman’s Club. In 1972 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
At 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, July 10th, local historian Margy Vogt will lead a walking tour of the historic Fourth Street neighborhood, which is also listed on the National Register. Participants will stroll along the brick street to savor the architectural details of the other 19th-century mansions and learn the stories of former residents: a conductor on the Underground Railroad, the grandfather of author Jack London, Lillian Gish, and an internationally famous classical singer.
The ninety-minute walk encompasses six blocks of Massillon’s finest old neighborhood, where residences represent more than a century of architectural excellence. The first homes were built in the early 1830s; the last was constructed in 1938.
The $10 fee includes the continental breakfast and both tours. No reservations are necessary. In case of rain, the Five Oaks tour will proceed; the Fourth Street walking tour will carry on if possible. However, combine this tour with an overnight stay at Whispering Pines Bed and Breakfast and we will pay your fee.
I’ll look forward to seeing you soon,
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