Zephaniah Underwood Tower House (1886)

This is a private home, so please pull off the road in front of the house. Use your blinkers.

The Underwood Houses are three historic Quaker homes on the north side of Ohio Route 73. The “Tower House” built by Zephaniah Underwood is an excellent but rare example of 1880s stick style architecture.

Zephaniah at age 51 married Matilda J. Downing, age 21. They had four children, but one daughter, Olive, died at eighteen months. Zephaniah built the Tower House with all the modern conveniences of the day in 1886, as a gift to comfort his grieving wife.

This home is part of the “Underwood Farms Rural Historic District” which is on the National Register of Historic Places (#05001519).