South Charleston Heritage Commission will reprise Edwards program

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Home builder and remodeler Edward Edwards built this home on Stewart Road around 1890.

(Posted Feb. 27, 2020)

Due to many requests, the South Charleston Heritage Commission is repeating its presentation of “Edward Edwards: His Life and His Life’s Work.”

Edwards walked from Pennsylvania to South Charleston as a young man in 1843. When he died in 1897, his obituary said he had either built or remodeled more than 90 percent of the houses standing in South Charleston at the time. He turned the village into a well-known town of Victorian homes.

The Heritage Commission received a History Outreach Award from the Ohio Local History Alliance last fall for community involvement in the research of this nearly forgotten chapter of South Charleston history.

The presentation will take place at 2 p.m. March 29 in the Community Room at Town Hall, 35 S. Chillicothe St. The room is handicap-accessible. Admission is free for children and students. A $10 donation is suggested for adults.

Another Edwards-built home, this structure dates back to 1860 and sits on Old Route 42.
This photo shows what South Charles-ton’s town hall looked like after it was completed in 1878–another Edwards project.

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