This unique sandstone house was built for Austin (c. 1788-1848) and Roxanna (Sears) Lilly (c. 1793-1868). They came to Dover Township (now Westlake) in 1832 from Ashfield, Massachusetts, an area from which many Dover settlers originated. This lot had been owned by Ozias and Hiram Smith. The Lillys erected this house in about 1844 and lived here until 1867. After 1867, the lot and house had several owners, including George Weston, James Beardsley, and August Trudel. Eventually, Alice (Mrs. Dezso) Ladanyi, the great granddaughter of George Weston, deeded the house to the city of Westlake for use as a museum. It is made with sandstone blocks each weighing several thousand pounds, two feet thick, finely tooled and dressed in the front and less elaborately on the sides and rear. The basement is constructed with massive rectangular stone blocks. Thick hewn timbers support the massive roof structure. A brick wing was attached to the east side in about 1850.

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This rare sandstone house was built for Austin (c. 1788-1848) and Roxanna (Sears) Lilly (c. 1793-1868).

 Doris Weston at the dedication of the Historical Marker in 2005.  In the background is Alice Ladanyi, also a Weston descendant who donated the home to the City in 2000.

Doris Weston at the dedication of the Historical Marker in 2005.  In the background is Alice Ladanyi, also a Weston descendant who donated the home to the City in 2000.


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The oldest portion of the Lilly Weston House is believed to have been constructed in 1844. Here are some other events in 1844:

  • January 15 – The University of Notre Dame receives its charter from Indiana.

  • February 28 – The "Peacemaker", the largest naval gun in the world, explodes during a demonstration aboard the USS Princeton, killing six, including Secretary of State Abel P. Upshur and Secretary of the Navy Thomas Walker Gilmer.

  • March 12 – The Columbus and Xenia Railroad, the first railroad that is planned to be built in Ohio, is chartered.

  • May 24 – The first electrical telegram is sent by Samuel F. B. Morse from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. to the B&O Railroad "outer depot" in Baltimore, Maryland, saying "What hath God wrought".  The first telegraph line is completed this year between Washington and Baltimore.

  • June 15 – Charles Goodyear receives a patent for vulcanization, a process to strengthen rubber.

  • June 22 – Influential North American fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon is founded at Yale University.

  • June 27 – Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, and his brother Hyrum are killed in Carthage Jail, Carthage, Illinois by an armed mob.

  • July 3 – The U.S. signs the Treaty of Wanghia with Qing dynasty China, the first diplomatic agreement between the two nations in history.

  • July 25 – Exclusion Law in Oregon prohibits African Americans (including slaves) from entering or remaining in the territory.

  • October 11 - Henry Heinz is born.  In 1869 he begins his successful food manufacturing business, originally famous for its 57 varieties of pickles.

  • October 22 – The Great Disappointment: Millerites (including future members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church) find that the Second Coming of Jesus does not occur as predicted by preacher William Miller.

  • December 4 – U.S. presidential election, 1844: James K. Polk defeats Henry Clay.

  • December 11 - Nitrous oxide is used for the first time in "painless" dentistry.

  • Undated – George Williams, a London drapery worker, and 11 of his friends founded the Young Men's Christian Association for the "improvement of the spiritual condition of young men in the drapery and other trades." The YMCA spread rapidly, reaching North America in 1851 with clubs in Montreal and then Boston.

  • Undated – Gummed envelopes were first used in England.

  • Undated - the Steamship Empire is built in Cleveland in 1844.  It was the first lake steamboat to measure more than 1,000 tons, which was 200 tons larger than any other vessel in the world.  The fast and splendidly ap­pointed ship ran between Buffalo and Toledo.