Lilly Chapel, Ohio

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Lilly Chapel, Ohio
Unincorporated community
Lilly Chapel, Ohio is located in Ohio
Lilly Chapel, Ohio
Lilly Chapel, Ohio
Location of Lilly Chapel, Ohio
Coordinates: 39°53′20″N 83°16′54″W / 39.88889°N 83.28167°W / 39.88889; -83.28167
Country United States
State Ohio
Counties Madison
Elevation[1] 974 ft (297 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 43162
Area code(s) 614
GNIS feature ID 1064995[1]

Lilly Chapel is an unincorporated community in Fairfield Township, Madison County, Ohio, United States. It is located at 39°53′20″N 83°16′54″W / 39.88889°N 83.28167°W / 39.88889; -83.28167Coordinates: 39°53′20″N 83°16′54″W / 39.88889°N 83.28167°W / 39.88889; -83.28167,[2] at the intersection of W. Jefferson Kiousville Road and Lilly Chapel Georgesville Road, approx. 3 miles west of Georgesville.[3]


In 1850, a Methodist church was built on land owned by Wesley Lilly, and in recognition of his donation of land, the church was named "Lilly Chapel".[4] At the time, there was no community, although the church did draw many settlers from that part of Union County. In 1871, a Short-line railroad was announced running between Columbus and Springfield, and a store was opened near the church in expectation of the railroad.[4] In 1873, the railroad was completed, and a station was opened and named Lilly Chapel.

The community was laid out on August 28, 1871 by Henry Gilroy and Henry Lilly, and originally named Gilroy.[4] Due to the church and railroad station already being named Lilly Chapel, when Henry Lilly petitioned for a post office, he used that name. The Lilly Chapel Post Office was established April 16, 1873,[5] and the first postmaster was Thomas Horn, who was also the community's first railroad agent.[4] The town's first physician was Dr. Taggart, who moved to Lilly Chapel in 1880, and by 1885, the community contained three general stores, one grocery store, two blacksmith shops, a wagon and buggy shop, two steam sawmills, and two grain elevators.[4] In 1878, a steam powered tile factory was built. As of 1915, the community contained a bank, two churches, a high school, two general stores, a hardware store, a confectionery, a grain elevator, and a blacksmith.[4] The post office was discontinued on December 31, 1957, and the mail service is now through the West Jefferson branch.[5]


As of 1885, the community had a population of 200, and as of 1915, the population was 370.[4]