Peter J. Miller House / Adam Miller & Family

Peter J. Miller House / Adam Miller & Family (HM2NE2)

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N 41° 30.128', W 82° 3.589'

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The Peter J. Miller House was constructed around 1830 and is
one of the last remaining pre-Civil War lakefront houses in Lorain
County. The architecture is Greek Revival. Peter Miller married
Ruth Houseworth in 1828. They had five children. In 1851 Peter
Miller died and it's believed that his family continued to reside
on the property until 1925. The City of Avon Lake purchased the
property in 1962. The house was opened for tours, and restoration
proceeded as funds were available. In 1975 the water heating
system burst and caused extensive damage. In 1985 a new committee
took over and was successful in restoring the house. Volunteer
trustees have overseen the operation of the house as a museum
since September 1989.

Peter J. Miller's father, Adam Miller was of the first
non-Native permanent settlers in what is now the City of Avon Lake.
Immigrants from New York, Adam and Anna Teamount Miller settled
in Avon Township in 1819. The couple had 10 children. The oldest
known child was Alexis Miller and the youngest was Peter. A
story in the 1844 edition of William McGuffey's Second Reader is
believed to be about an incident from Peter's life. The story
relates how as he walked home through a swamp, a bear chased
Peter up a tree and bit at the young man's shoes as he tried
to defend himself. After three attempts by the bear to reach
Peter, they tumbled to the ground. Peter ran for his life and
the bear

gave up the chase.
HM NumberHM2NE2
Year Placed2010
Placed ByPeter Miller House Museum Board of Trustees and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, December 5th, 2019 at 7:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 411547 N 4595043
Decimal Degrees41.50213333, -82.05981667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 30.128', W 82° 3.589'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 30' 7.68" N, 82° 3' 35.34" W
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