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This gorgeous mansion might be known as The Hayden Homestead, but it was home to many prominent Columbus residents in the 60+ years it stood.
The house was built by Dr. Francis Carter in 1842. Carter was a professor at Starling Medical College and he built the home as a wedding present for his wife, Belle Espy.
In 1857, Gov. Salmon P. Chase purchased the home. He resided there from 1858-1859 where the home served as the Governor’s Mansion. After that, the home belonged to Charles H. Hayden, the Secretary and Treasurer of P. Hayden Saddlery Hardware Company. In 1910, the home was sold for the last time to the Knights of Columbus.
The Hayden Homestead, like so many homes from the late 19th century, has since been torn down. it stood at 80 S 6th Street in the Discovery District.
If the historic homes and buildings of Columbus are of interest to you, I highly suggest that you check out A Historical Guidebook to Old Columbus: Finding the Past in the Present in Ohio’s Capital City. This fantastic book takes a look at our city through a historic lens and if you’re anything like me, you won’t be able to put it down.
Additionally, the Columbus Metropolitan Library is an invaluable resource when researching local history.