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Sherman House Museum

The Sherman House Museum is the birthplace of General William Tecumseh Sherman and his younger brother, U.S. Senator John Sherman. The original home was built in 1811 and consists of a parlor and dining room, kitchen, master bedroom and children's bedroom. In 1816 the Sherman family expanded the home to include a second parlor and study for the father of the household, Ohio Judge Charles Sherman.

Sherman House, Lancaster, OH (by TCWP)

Judge Sherman passed away in 1829, leaving his wife with a huge debt and eleven children. With such a great financial burden, several of the children were sent to live with relatives. An affluent and politically powerful neighbor, Thomas Ewing, offered to take in one of the children, but only under the condition that he wanted the "most intelligent one." Cump (short for Tecumseh as none of the children could pronounce the name) was thought by his siblings to be the most intelligent, so at the age of nine Cump became part of the Ewing family, who lived in a very large house just down the street. It was when Cump went to live with the Ewings that he was baptized and given the Christian first name of William. While William did come back and visit his mom and siblings often, it was not a home he returned to or lived in as an adult.

Sherman House Plaque, Lancaster, OH (by TCWP)

All of the rooms have been restored to look as they would have when the Sherman family lived there. The parlor includes furniture from General Sherman and his wife Ellen, from when they lived in New York City after his retirement. The parlor also has pieces from their friend Ulysses S. Grant and his wife Julia. The brick front you see today was actually added in the 1870's.


One upstairs bedroom contains family memorabilia; another has a wonderful re-creation of General Sherman's field tent, which contains several items that he used during the war, along with a "sound and light presentation depicting his passion for the Union." Near the end, you will see an exhibit of some unique Civil War artifacts.


The home is currently closed to visitors, but its website states that they are to reopen in April 2021. It is advised that you check the home's website for hours and tour information. There is a cost of admission for adults and students under 18. The tour lasts one hour (and in some cases longer), and includes an inside tour of the home and a walk-through of the Civil War museum on the second floor.


Photography is not allowed inside the home. A gift shop is located on the property.

Old Thomas Ewing Home - PRIVATELY owned (TCWP)

TCWP Thoughts on the Sherman House: The field tent alone is worth seeing! Also, if you walk east on E. Main Street (away from downtown), two doors down from the Sherman house is the old Ewing home that William lived in once his father died. It is a PRIVATELY owned home, but it's beautiful to see from the street! I took this photo in 2011, so it's a bit outdated; currently the owners have painted it a light blue.


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