Oak Place: The House Where Thomas Edison Was Hitched

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Oak Place (The Lewis Miller Home)
142 King Dr.

Located just outside the heart of downtown is Oak Place, the one-time home of Akron inventor Lewis Miller. Miller held 92 patents, but the one that made him rich was for the Buckeye Mower and Reaper, an innovative device that was the predecessor to lawn or field mowers. 

 

OK, so here’s what makes this house interesting: Miller wasn’t the only inventor to hang out at Oak Place. It was at this location that his daughter Mina married Thomas Alva Edison on February 24, 1886. The building became an apartment sometime in the 1950s, but it still stands in the same form it did more than 120 years ago. While it is registered with the National Register of Historic Places as 142 King Dr., the address on the front of the house is 127 Dawes Ave. Either way, it’s the same building. Strangely enough, there isn’t a sign or plaque to be seen. 

 

Here’s another fun spot that’s a personal favorite. Opposite Oak Place on King Dr. is a fence with a small opening close to the east end of the neighborhood. Here’s what it looks like:

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If you walk through the fence you can catch a really cool view of the city. Obviously I’m not the only one who checks this out, you can see trails worn into the grass leading toward downtown. I know this photo isn’t that impressive, it’s something you just have to check it out for yourself:

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3 Responses to “Oak Place: The House Where Thomas Edison Was Hitched”

  1. sara Says:

    i also like the view of the city from the little scarey park on the North Hill side of the Y-bridge.

  2. Steve Says:

    Has anyone information on the building on the other corner from the LM House. It has a swastika on the front. Just interested in it’s history.

    • interestingakron Says:

      Hi Steve,
      I tried to search for more info about this building, but all I could find was a 1992 article in the Beacon by Russ Musarra. He and artist Chuck Ayers visited the Oak Place area and noticed the building as well:
      “The otherwise-ordinary-looking pre-World War II building caught our eye because of the design cut into the stone along its roofline. It’s a swastika, an ancient and harmless design feature until it was adopted as a symbol of hatred by the Nazis”
      Does that help?
      -Rob (Interesting Akron)

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