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Ohio Historical Marker (front)
Union Village (1805-1912)
Union Village, the first and largest Shaker (United Society of Beliervers) community west of the Allegheny Mountains, was established in 1805. Nearly 4,000 Shakers lived in Union Village, the last living here until 1920. They owned 4,500 acres of land with more than 100 buildings. Union Village was parent to other communities in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Georgia. Shakers were among the most successful religious communal societies in the United States. Belief in the equality of men and women, separation of sexes, confession, communal ownership of property and celibacy helped define their society. The name "Shaker" was derived from the shaking and dancing that were part of their worship. Union Village Shakers were successful entrepreneurs selling herbal medicines, garden seeds and brooms. They also raised and bred Poland China hogs, Durham cattle, and Merino sheep.
1997 Otterbein-Lebanon Retirement Community
and
The Ohio Historical Society
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Image contributed by Arne H Trelvik on 11 August 2004
Ohio Historical Marker (back)
Union Village (1805-1912)

Shaker buildings still extant:
1810 Trustees' Office (now Marble Hall)
1844 Center House (now Bethany Hall)
1893 Engine/Boiler House

Union Village was purchased by the United brethren in Christ Church in 1912. The site was a home for children from 1913-1963, and a retirement center for adults from 1913 to the present. It is related to the United Methodist Church.

1997 Otterbein-Lebanon Retirement Community
and
The Ohio Historical Society
2-83
Image contributed by Arne H Trelvik on 11 August 2004

Bell Used by Shakers
Retrieved and Returned to Otterbein-Lebanon
by Ted and Joe Hunter

 

Images contributed by Arne H Trelvik on 11 August 2004

1810 Trustees' Office (now Marble Hall)

Image contributed by Arne H Trelvik on 11 August 2004

OLD LANDMARKS
SHAKER'S CENTER FAMILY HOUSE,
Union Village, Warren County, Ohio

Source: The Lebanon Gazette, 20 April 1890
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added 5 March 2005 - copy obtained from microfilm at the Warren County Genealogical Society]

1844 Center House (now Bethany Hall)

Image contributed by Arne H Trelvik on 11 August 2004

Map of Union Village, home of the Society of Shakers, from Warner's 1867 Wall Map of Warren County

Image contributed by Arne H Trelvik on 27 July 2004

The Burned Building

The recently burned South Dwelling at the Shaker Village. The large laundry and a part of the dwelling are not shown in the cut.

Source: The Lebanon Gazette, May 8, 1890
[added 24 February 2005 - copy obtained from microfilm at the Warren County Genealogical Society]

FAMILIAR FACES

PETER BOYD

The Late Peter Boyd who was a Shaker for more than 82 years. One of the leading members of the Union Village Community, near Lebanon, from about the beginning to the close of a long life

Source: The Lebanon Gazette 3 May 1890
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added 4 March 2005 - copy obtained from microfilm at the Warren County Genealogical Society]

FAMILIAR FACES

CHARLES CLAPP

Charles Clapp, the venerable business agent of the Shakers at the Union Village community, Warren County, Ohio.

Source: The Lebanon Gazette 10 April 1890
[added 4 March 2005 - copy obtained from microfilm at the Warren County Genealogical Society]


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