Col. Mitchell Birthday Party

Today was a magnificent day to be a part of the Perry County Historical and Cultural Arts Society because Doug Preisse, the new owner of the Randolph Mitchell House, at New Reading, Perry County, Ohio invited the PCHCAS and others to attend a special celebration of the birthday of Col. Randolph Mitchell.  Preisse recently purchased the property and plans to restore it to its former splendor.  At the event, he said that he had fallen in love with the property and that its restoration was truly a labor of love. For additional information regarding the Randolph Mitchell House, please click here.

While there were many photo worthy events through out the day, here are only a few:

Jeff Taylor and the Camp Chase Fife and Drum Corps, along with the Sons of the American Revolution participated in the event.


Perry County Historical Society’s own, Gwen Young, lead party-goers in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Sandy Adams and Jan Bryant offered their assistance in aiding Master Chef Alfonso Contrisciani with the event. Chef Contrisciani, sells his delicious products each Saturday at the Somerset Farmer’s Market and will soon open an organic bakery on the Main St. of the historical village.

One of the most amazing gifts an adult can give to a child is to instill a love of history.  The children of today are the historians tomorrow.  Seen below is Lena Bowman, who is lovingly holding her grandson after a full day of events.

The Mitchell House today.

Col. Randolph Mitchell rests along side of his wife, Lydia Witmer, the granddaughter of New Reading founder and Revolutionary War Veteran, John George Overmeyer.  It is also worth mentioning that this area was once called Overmeyer Town aptly named for this notable founding family.

The inscription on Col. Mitchell’s grave states the following:

“Cherishing a good hope of Heaven in the hour of Nature’s peril, he triumphed and like an infant sleeping, pass’d from this to a brighter world, warm and generous in his feelings he had many friends and his memory is endearing to all who knew him as such his charitable disposition led him to seek for extenuating circumstances for the foibles of human nature as a Christian friend and citizen he discharged his whole duty.”

Col. Mitchell’s grave stone:

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