Sunday, September 4, 2011

Eleutheros Cooke House

In 1995, Estelle M. Dorn bequeathed the Eleutheros Cooke House to the Ohio Historical Society. The Cooke House was built by Eleutheros Cooke, Sandusky's first lawyer, in 1843-1844. It originally was located in downtown Sandusky, but was later moved to 1415 Columbus Avenue in the 1870's. A total of three families have lived at 1415 Columbus Avenue. The last owners were Randolph and Estelle Dorn. They purchased the house in the 1950's. The Dorns redecorated the house, and the Cooke House today looks as it did when Mr. and Mrs. Dorn resided there.

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Eleutheros Cooke served in Congress as Representative from Ohio from 1831 to 1833. His son Jay Cooke, was well known as a financier during the Civil War. According to his Congressional biography, Eleutheros Cooke died in Sandusky, Ohio, on December 27, 1864, and he was buried at St. Paul’s Episcopal Churchyard, in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.

The Eleutheros Cooke House is open from Noon to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., from April to December. Admission is free. This historic home is managed by The Old House Guild of Sandusky.

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