Day 14

Poppenhusen Institute

January 13th, 2012

The Institute was founded in 1868 by Conrad Poppenhusen, the rubber baron who developed College Point as a factory town, to provide education and training opportunities to area residents "irrespective of race, creed or religion". The building also housed the town's sheriff, the justice of the peace, a courtroom, a savings bank, a library, and the nation's first free kindergarten, established in 1870.


  1. Gigi says:

    Thanks for the link Matt, it looks impressive! No pic of the jail cells?

  2. tna says:

    The jail cell doors are nice.

  3. Pat says:

    It is amazing the history you can find, just by getting out and walking. Be careful and I hope you’re having fun.

  4. maria says:

    This was so interesting to learn about… I had never heard of this place…

  5. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    I really like this place. Good man, thought of others and the community. Glad it’s been protected and preserved. Nice place in history and still functioning today. What an education we are getting! As always, Thanks Matt.

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