G. W. Jones House

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G. W. Jones House
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G. W. Jones House is located in Michigan
G. W. Jones House
Location 180 W. Main St., Marcellus, Michigan
Coordinates 42°1′38″N 85°49′2″W / 42.02722°N 85.81722°W / 42.02722; -85.81722Coordinates: 42°1′38″N 85°49′2″W / 42.02722°N 85.81722°W / 42.02722; -85.81722
Area 1.3 acres (0.53 ha)
Built 1886 (1886)
Architectural style Stick style/Eastlake
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 94001427[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 9, 1994
Designated MSHS January 17, 1986[2]

The George Washington Jones House is a private house located at 180 West Main Street in Marcellus, Michigan. It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1986[2] and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.[1]


George Washington Jones was born in 1824 in Preble County, Ohio, the son of Henry and Hannah Jones.[3] The family moved to Michigan in 1830, where the younger Jones helped his father on the farm. In 1851, this father died and Jones was named executor of the debt-laden estate. In 1853, he married Emma S. Sherman; the couple had two sons: Frank S. Jones and Carroll S. Jones (whose nearby house is also on the National Register). Through hard work and a shrewd business sense, Jones eventually accumulated some wealth and paid off all debts by 1862.

In 1870, as the railroad was being built, Jones recognized that the present site of Marcellus would be an attractive place for a village, and purchased the land and platted it out. That same year, his wife Emma died. In 1876, Jones married Lizzie Osborn. In 1877 he opened the G.W. Jones Exchange Bank[2] in Marcellus, which was eventually run by his sons, and continues to be run by his descendents.[4]

In 1888, Jones built this house for himself and his wife.[2] The lived there until his death in 1896. It was vacant for a span of time in the 1980s and 1990s.


The G.W. Jones is a two-story rectangular balloon-frame house with a full-height attic built in the Stick/Eastlake style.[2] The house is substantially intact.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Jones, George Washington, House". Michigan State Housing Development Authority: Historic Sites Online. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ L. H. Glover (1906), A Twentieth Century History of Cass County, pp. 412–414 
  4. ^ "History". G.W. Jones Exchange Bank. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 

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