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Ramsdell House

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1858. 1108 B St. (northeast corner of B and 4th sts. E.)

Built on a cut sandstone-block foundation on top of an Indian mound, this prim-and-proper, gable-fronted brick house recalls its New England heritage. Its Greek Revival details, executed in brick, include gable-end cornice returns and a raking cornice above, all painted white.

Zopher D. Ramsdell, a New England boot maker, came to Ceredo at Thayer's request to become part of the abolitionist colony. His house, at the edge of a steep bluff overlooking the Ohio River, is said to have served as a stop on the Underground Railroad, housing fugitive slaves until they could attempt to cross the river to freedom on the opposite shore. The Ramsdell House is now a museum.

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S. Allen Chambers Jr.
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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Ramsdell House", [Huntington, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WV-01-WA2.

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