New Concord, Ohio

Day 1768

     New Concord, Ohio is a village laid out in 1828 when the National Road reached this point. The National Road was the first major improved highway built by the federal government. The 620 mile road connected the Potomac and Ohio Rivers and was the main transport path to the West at that time.

     John Herschel Glenn Jr. was born on July 18, 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio, at homeThe result of John Herschel Glenn, a plumber, and Clara Teresa a teacher, fooling around.

     While Glenn was still an infant, the family moved to nearby New Concord, Ohio, He was the third American in space, and the first American to orbit the Earth, circling it three times in 1962. Glenn was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1974 and served for 24 years, until January 1999. At age 77, Glenn flew on Space Shuttle Discovery‘s STS-95 mission, making him the oldest person to enter Earth’s orbit, and the only person to fly in both the Mercury and the Space Shuttle programs

     We toured his childhood home guided by living history actor portraying John’s mother Clara Teresa.

     She showed us John’a room, and some of his prized possessions, like his sled.

     She described to us how it was living through the Great Depression. You remember collecting S&H green stamps.

     Perhaps the second most famous resident of New Concord is William Rainey Harper, born July 24, 1856 in this log cabin.

     He was a child prodigy, a polymath of prodigious energy and scope of learning who graduated from college at age 14, earned his Ph.d at Yale at age 19. At age 35 was chosen by John D. Rockefeller to help create the University of Chicago, where he was the university’s first president. 

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