The Elias Gilman House / The Wee White House

The Elias Gilman House / The Wee White House (HM1S6K)

Location: Granville, OH 43023 Licking County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 4.168', W 82° 31.31'

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Side A
The Elias Gilman House
The original structure, the central portion of the current house, is the oldest frame building in the village. It was built in 1808 by Elias Gilman, a prominent figure from Granville Massachusetts, who led the first family party to Ohio to establish a new settlement. In the home's early years, it served as a post office, library, retail store, and select school. The initial meeting of the Freemasons of Granville was held in the home in 1811 and the local Women's Christian Temperance Union organized here in the 1880s . A large spring to the west of the house supplied the village with water throughout the 19th century. The house has been an integral part of community life for over 200 years.

Side B
The Wee White House
Chi Psi Delta, a local sorority, purchased the home in 1904, making the first sorority house at Denison University . The group would eventually become part of the national Greek organization Kappa Alpha Theta. The "Wee White House," as it became known, has been home to the Beta Tau Chapter of KAΘ since 1929. The house has endured several changes throughout the years, including the 1830s addition of the Classical Revival style porch, with Doric columns of solid walnut, and the construction of the north living room in 1863. The west wing was added in 1958. In spite of numerous alterations, this beloved home, now owned by Denison University, retains its historic charm.
HM NumberHM1S6K
Marker Number25-45
Year Placed2014
Placed ByDenison University, The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, May 12th, 2016 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 370225 N 4436576
Decimal Degrees40.06946667, -82.52183333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 4.168', W 82° 31.31'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 4' 10.08" N, 82° 31' 18.6" W
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Area Code(s)740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 205-299 N Mulberry St, Granville OH 43023, US
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