"The Berry"

"The Berry" (HM2AT0)

Location: Athens, OH 45701 Athens County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 19.792', W 82° 6.062'

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The Berry Hotel, one of America's
premier hotels, stood here from
1892 to 1974. Athenian Edward
Cornelius Berry, a free black who
had been educated at the Albany
Enterprise Academy, and his modest
wife, Martha Jane (Mattie) Berry,
built, owned and operated the establishment
until 1923. Mr. Berry is acknowledged as the first
hotelier to place bibles in the hotel room. The
rooms also included sewing kits, cologne, fruit
baskets, and individual closets. The hotel was
also outfitted with electric bells and gaslights at
a time when these items were revolutionary.
The Berry maintained its reputation of superior
service and atmosphere, entertaining many dignitaries well into the twentieth century. After
undergoing several transformations, including one
as an Ohio University dormitory
(Berry Hall), sadly, it was demolished
in 1974.
HM NumberHM2AT0
Year Placed2004
Placed ByThe Multicultural Genealogical Center, Chesterhill, OH and Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, on May 23rd
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, August 26th, 2018 at 11:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 405102 N 4353961
Decimal Degrees39.32986667, -82.10103333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 19.792', W 82° 6.062'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 19' 47.52" N, 82° 6' 3.72" W
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Area Code(s)614, 740
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 18 N Court St, Athens OH 45701, US
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