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Tappan Square, Oberlin

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Tappan Square is a public park and National Historic Landmark at the center of Oberlin, Ohio. The park initially opened in 1885, on 13acre 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, in accordance with the provisions of the will of Charles Martin Hall.
The site was founded by the presbyterian ministers John Jay Shipherd and Philo Stewart who declared their new community at the elm on the park's southeast corner. The historic elm remained on the square until disease expedited its removal in 1965. A year later, Tappan Square was granted landmark status. The park is named after Arthur Tappan, a 19th-century abolitionist who financially sustained the college in its early years. Initially known as “the Campus,” the square was home to several college buildings. At the bequest of 1885 alumnus and ALCOA founder Charles Martin Hall, the buildings were removed in order to designate the center of campus as a center for both students and community members. To this day, the only structures that remain in the square are the Clark Bandstand and the Memorial Arch.
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  • 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 check...  more »
  • It was a beautiful day and we walked around the square. Clean and quiet the day we were there. A nice walk after lunch.  more »
  • Just a few thoughts on this randomly. ~ Swings attached to trees. ~ Very well kept. ~ A lot to see you when you’re walking around. ~ Great place to have a picnic  more »
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  • Beautiful. Great for any type of walking: alone, with pets, pokemon, whatever. Very safe and clean. Historical as well
  • Nice little park. Not a big place but nice enough
  • Great park when it's the off season! As long as theres no hippies all over the damn grass
  • Great place to hangout with the kids and enjoy the park and the events that are hosted their.
  • For good music Check out The Groovetrees on Facebook
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