Coffman Homestead

Open to the Public 1:00 to 4:00

the first Sunday of the month in May, June, July and September.
Free Admission. Donations gratefully accepted.
Families or groups in town for a weekend? Contact the Society at 614-716-9149 to arrange a tour.

The Fletcher Coffman Homestead in Dublin

The Fletcher Coffman Homestead in Dublin, typifies American farm life of the 1800s. The Civil War era brick house and adjoining farm buildings are a testimonial to the hard working people who constituted the second generation of Ohio pioneer families.

Built between the years 1862 and 1867, this simple two-story house has been restored to interpret the lifestyle and tastes of a middle class farm family of that era. It is furnished with original Coffman family furniture and pieces which belonged to other Dublin families from that time. The 19th century barn contains agricultural tools and equipment of the period.

Visitors can see an heirloom vegetable garden on the Homestead currently tended by volunteers from City of Dublin’s staff and members of the Dublin Historical Society. Along the gate to this garden also stand two apple trees that were sprigs cut from the last remaining apple tree in Ohio that was planted by Johnny Appleseed.

Also on the property is a one-room schoolroom where visitors can sit on benches and write on slate with chalk, view textbooks and toys of the 1800s and early 1900s, see a map where locations of one-room schools once stood (and still stand) in Washington Township, and meet a local schoolmarm dressed in period costume!

The Homestead is part of Dublin’s Coffman Park complex and is located next to the Dublin Municipal Building (City Hall), 5200 Emerald Parkway. Parking is available in the Municipal Building parking lot or adjacent spaces for Coffman Park.

 

Fletcher and Marinda Coffman

 

The Coffmans

Fletcher Coffman was the son of Henry and Margaret Sells Coffman, the youngest daughter of Ludwig Sells, the founder of Dublin, Ohio, and his wife Catherine. In 1846 he married Marinda Hays, the daughter of Colonel Elisha Hays and his wife Chloe Thomas Poole Hays. Fletcher and Marinda had five children; Henry, Wray, William (Willie), Emma and Allis (Allie).

Fletcher Coffman (Dec 29, 1817, died July10, 1902)
Marinda Hays (July 30 1828, died Dec. 9, 1911)
Fletcher married Marinda March 29, 1846

Children:
Henry (March 27, 1847 – Dec. 30, 1925)
Wray (July 20, 1849 – July 10 1929)
William (Willie): (Oct 15, 1857 – May 14, 1934)
Emma (1854-1926)
Allis (Allie) (1860-1947)

Willie married Ida Shipman June 14, 1905. They lived in the Coffman House through the time Willie passed in 1934 and until Ida Coffman died in 1983.
They had two children:
Carl H. (born in 1907 and died Easter 1927 due to “quick pneumonia”)
George William (Sept 14, 1909 – Oct 18, 1956)