Smith Tannery

Smith Tannery (HM15D1)

Location: Greenfield, OH 45123 Highland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 21.155', W 83° 22.752'

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The Smith Tannery is the oldest original structure remaining in Greenfield. Built in 1821 by Revolutionary War veteran William Smith and his son Samuel, the tannery became a noted station on the fabled "Underground Railroad." The structure, which also served as the family residence, was the birthplace of Dr. Samuel M. Smith, Surgeon General of Ohio during the Civil War, and Dr. William R. Smith, who personally notified Abraham Lincoln of his nomination to the presidency in 1864.

The Smiths were active members of the Abolition Society of Paint Valley, which was established in 1833 in Greenfield and reorganized in 1836 as the Greenfield Anti-Slavery Society. In 1844, the Society assisted the efforts of Frederick Douglass, one of the nation's leading abolitionists. The Society provided an important junction on the Underground Railroad, assisting many fugitive slaves to gain freedom, including, it is said, Eliza Jane Harris of Uncle Tom's Cabin fame. The Smith Tannery was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
This property has been
placed on the
National Register
of Historic Places

by the United States
Department of the Interior
HM NumberHM15D1
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number1-36
Year Placed1999
Placed ByOhio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Greenfield Historical Society, and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 12:47pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 294995 N 4358604
Decimal Degrees39.35258333, -83.37920000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 21.155', W 83° 22.752'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 21' 9.30" N, 83° 22' 45.12" W
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Area Code(s)937
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 103 Jefferson St, Greenfield OH 45123, US
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