Washington House

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  • Washington House
Accommodation and Food Services
  • Accommodation
  • Hotel, Stables
  • Date unknown
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Key Persons
    • E. Liberty St., Wooster, 44691, Ohio

The Washington House, once located on the SE corner of Buckeye and E. Liberty streets, was one of the finest hotels in its day: comfortable accommodations and the best meals. It stood from 1815 until 1879 when it was demolished to erect the Archer House building. It has a varied and exciting history: during the Civil War it was headquarters for Provost Marshal Drake, and recruits and substitutes were lodged there before going into camp. Under Eber B. Connelly's control it enjoyed a large and lucrative public patronage. [1]. The stables were able to accommodate 100 horses. [2]


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Quick Facts

  • 1859 - Williams' Akron, Wooster & Cuyahoga Falls Directory, City Guide & Business Mirror, 1859 by J. H. Baumgardner & Co.
  • 1860-1861 - Ohio State Gazetteer and Business Directory for 1860-1861, Wayne County, Ohio / authored by George W. Hawes
  • 1873 - Caldwell Atlas Business Directory*
  • 1879 circa - D.C. Curry & co. will tear down the old building
  • 1879 - March, Plans to build a new hotel to replace the old Washington House. Frontage on Liberty St. 60 feet, Buckeye St. 100 feet 3-story building. Office and business room on first floor, dining room on Buckeye St., parlors, suits of rooms, sleeping apartment on second and third floors. Main entrance on Liberty street, Ladies entrance on Buckeye street. Estimated cost $20,000. Mr. D. Graham, of Chicago, Architect. M. Keyser, New Brighton, Pa, Contractor. [3]
  • 1883 - December, OBITUARY: Henry Leies, Sr., died at his home in Orrville Thursday of dropsy. Mr. Leies was for many years a citizen of Wooster, having been in the hotel business here as landlord of the old Eagle House, Washington House and until a few years ago was the proprietor of the Empire House (Wooster, Ohio), now known as Keister's Eastern House. In his capacity as landlord he became one of the best known men in the county, he was popular and entertaining as a host and a man noted for his large-hearted generosity. He leaves to sons and three daughters to mourn his loss. The remains were brought to Wooster Saturday afternoon and interred in Oak Hill cemetery at two o'clock Sunday p.m. Deceased was in his sixtieth year.[4]
  1. Wooster Republican, Wooster, Ohio. 1879-04-17, p. 3.
  2. Wayne County Democrat, Wooster, Ohio. 1859-04-28, p. 4.
  3. A New Hotel for Wooster. Wooster Republican. Wooster, Ohio. 1879-03 13, p. 3.
  4. Jacksonian, Wooster, Ohio. 1883 December 13, p. 4.