Caleb Atwater was born on December 25, 1778 at North Adams, Massachusetts. He lived in Circleville, Ohio for over fifty years and was the first nationally known citizen from this city. Atwater had a bachelor and master’s degree from Williams College. He was a multi-talented gentleman who served as a preacher, teacher, lawyer and a legislator.
Atwater was a primary influence in the effort to establish free public education in the State of Ohio and has been known as “The Father of Ohio’s Public Schools.” He was known for his ideas on ecology and education especially equal educational opportunities for women. Atwater influenced the intellectual activities of the Ohio Valley during the 19th Century which included the first book-length History of Ohio.
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Roundtown Conservancy, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 9-65.)
Caleb Atwater Day - August 23, 2003
Images from Caleb Atwater Day – August 23, 2003 when the marker was unveiled.
The Frontier Communications Park had been improved but sadly much of that was lost when the American Hotel caught fire in 2008. The sign remains today but many parts of the park was negatively affected. The Park is located on the corner of North Court Street and Pinckney Street.