Remarkable Ohio


Below is a complete listing of all Ohio Historical Markers. To find a detailed marker listing including text, photographs, and locations, click on a county below. Our listing is updated by the markers program as new markers are installed and older markers are reported damaged or missing.

12-29 George Barrett Cement House – Poor Man’s Home, Rich Man’s Palace

Side A: After his home was destroyed by fire, George Barrett decided to build a home that would survive another disaster. An article Barrett read by O.S. Fowler in New York described a new building material that used gravel, sand, and lime. Cement was a less expensive and more time efficient construction material than brick. Unable to get help from a mason, Barrett gathered the material and built the house himself. Completed in 1853, the house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.
Side B: Same
Sponsors: Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Spring Valley Acts, and The Ohio Historical Society
Address: 4 E. Main Street, 
Spring Valley, 
Latitude: 39.6090440
Longitude: -84.0083480