Haydenville, Ohio: Round House

A little round house built of ceramic bricks -- as were most other houses in this former brick company town.
17092 Haydenville Rd, Haydenville, OH
US Hwy 33 exit at Hwy 595 (New Straitsville). Turn south toward Haydenville. The Round House is at the south end of the town, on the east side of the road, across from the pallet company. Private property; please be respectful.
Private residence. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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The house was recently sold, due to the death of its owner. He was the third generation of Smiths to own and live in the house until they died. The home's new owners are working on the place now. It's said they they might turn it into a hostel, but so far that's just a rumor.

[John, 09/23/2018]
Haydenville Round House

It's very easy to miss the round house coming from the west to east. There is a mailbox with a giant green plastic alien attached to the top. I actually doubled back to take a photo of the alien, turned back around, and nearly missed the round house. Be careful if you park across the street, the wood mill is still in use and heavy machinery is used.

[Meg H, 05/20/2017]

Round House.

Haydenville Round House

Haydenville bills itself as the "last company town in Ohio." It was founded in 1852 by Peter Hayden, founder of the Haydenville Mining and Manufacturing Company. The company used nearby clay deposits to manufacture ceramic bricks, blocks, tiles, and pipes. As a company town, all the houses and business were owned by Mr. Hayden, giving him a landlord monopoly over his workers.

The company went out of business in 1957, and in 1965 the houses were sold to the town and many residents purchased them and continue to live in them. An interesting feature of the town is that all of the original structures were manufactured by the employees of the company, and were built with the ceramic tiles they produced in the furnaces (120 structures were placed on the National Historic Register in 1973).

One of the most interesting structures is the Round House, which is still in use as a private residence. A pallet manufacturer across the street occupies the land formerly housing the brick factory.

[signmanjoe, 05/13/2015]

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