Westlake Historical Society dedicates new Ohio Historical Marker

Brother and sister Walter Francis Clague and Sophronia Bernice Clague were the last surviving Clague children. This photo was taken in the parlor of Clague family home, which stands at 1371 Clague Road.

A new Ohio Historical Marker will soon be added to the front of the Clague House Museum to recognize the historical significance of the Clague House and the significant contribution this family left to the citizens of Westlake.

The Westlake Historical Society is very proud to be able to dedicate this new Ohio Historical Marker on Clague Road to remind visitors and passers-by of the historical significance of this landmark building, placed on The National Registry in 1976, and the gift of a park, historical library and barn now known as the Clague Playhouse. We are also pleased by and thankful for the support received from the City of Westlake, our generous members and the community at large who made the Clague Homestead Marker a reality. We collected "Pennies For The Plaque," as well as other fundraisers to help cover the cost of the marker.

The Clagues were not only one of Westlake's pioneer families, they were also known for their kindness to others. When they donated their house and farm in 1926, they wanted the land to become a public park, a place where the citizens of Dover could recreate.

The home, built in 1876, is actually the third residence on the land. The home is a reminder of Westlake's past and the contributions of the Clague family.

The dedication will take place Oct. 12 at noon at the Clague House museum, located at 1371 Clague Road. Following the marker dedication, there will be tours of both the Clague House Museum and Clague Playhouse.

Refreshments will be served. For more information or to help support the work of the Westlake Historical Society, you may contact us at 440-808-1961, or email westlakehistory@yahoo.com.

The Westlake History is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. Memberships are available throughout the year. The website for the society is www.westlakeohiohistory.org.


Lysa Stanton

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:43 AM, 10.01.2013