Union Village

Union Village (HMFYM)

Location: Lebanon, OH 45036 Warren County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 26.723', W 84° 16.705'

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(1805 - 1912)

Side A:
Union Village, the first and largest Shaker (United Society of Believers) community west of the Allegheny Mountains, was established in 1805. Nearly 4,000 Shakers lived in Union Village, the last living here until 1920. They owned 4,500 acres of land with more than 100 buildings. Union Village was parent to other communities in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Georgia. Shakers were among the most successful religious communal societies in the United States. Believe in equality of men and women, separation of sexes, confession, communal ownership of property, and celibacy helped define their society. The name "Shaker" was derived from the shaking and dancing that were part of their worship. Union Village Shakers were successful entrepreneurs selling herbal medicines, garden seeds, and brooms. They also raised and bred Poland China hogs, Durham cattle, and Merino sheep.

Side B:
Shaker buildings still extant:
1810 Trustees' Office (now Marble Hall), 1844 Center House (now Bethany Hall), 1893 Engine/Boiler House.

Union Village was purchased by the United Brethren in Christ Church in 1912. The site was a home for children from 1913-1963, and a retirement center for adults from 1913 to the present. It is related to the United Methodist Church.
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number2-83
Year Placed1997
Placed ByOtterbein-Lebanon Retirement Community and The Ohio Historical Society
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Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 12:29am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 734199 N 4369738
Decimal Degrees39.44538333, -84.27841667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 26.723', W 84° 16.705'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 26' 43.38" N, 84° 16' 42.30" W
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Area Code(s)513, 937
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6798 Shaker Dr, Lebanon OH 45036, US
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