Lilly Chapel, Ohio
|Lilly Chapel, Ohio|
|Elevation||974 ft (297 m)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1064995|
Lilly Chapel is an unincorporated community in Fairfield Township, Madison County, Ohio, United States. It is located at Coordinates: , at the intersection of W. Jefferson Kiousville Road and Lilly Chapel Georgesville Road, approx. 3 miles west of Georgesville.
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". 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. 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. 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, and the first postmaster was Thomas Horn, who was also the community's first railroad agent. 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. 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. The post office was discontinued on December 31, 1957, and the mail service is now through the West Jefferson branch.
As of 1885, the community had a population of 200, and as of 1915, the population was 370.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lilly Chapel, Ohio
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- Bryan, Chester E., History of Madison County, Ohio, B.F. Bowen & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana, 1915, Pg. 179.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lilly Chapel Post Office