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Tappan Square, Oberlin

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Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Tappan Square is a public park and National Historic Landmark at the center of Oberlin, Ohio. The park initially opened in 1885, on 13 acres (5.3 ha) of city-owned land at the bequest of Oberlin College benefactor Charles Martin Hall. It was designed by the esteemed duo of Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. and John Charles Olmsted. The square in Oberlin was named in the 1940s, in honor of Arthur and Lewis Tappan, wealthy merchants of New York City who supported Oberlin College in its early days and who were ardent abolitionists. The square was previously known as College Park or the Campus. Until 1965 it held the Historic Elm, under which John Jay Shipherd and Philo Stewart were said to have knelt and prayed to God and on which spot they decided to found the town. The square held college buildings for many years, including a five-story brick college classroom and men's dormitory called Tappan Hall. As the buildings on the square grew older, the area was cleaned up as a green space for the community, removing the buildings, in accordance with the provisions of the will of Charles Martin Hall.
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  • Great place to take a stroll and see the well manicured trees and just plain relaxing environment. Take a seat and just enjoy the day.  more »
  • The reviews that mentioned the majestic trees sure got it right. Amazing trees in this park. Also sad we didn't see any white squirrels as the reviews that mentioned them was a reason we went to...  more »
  • Beautiful for walk with grandkids., tree bench swings. Has one great climbing tree for lil ones
  • Very awesome!!!! Clean and filled with awesome people walking around enjoying them selves!!

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