154 E Main
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Sifford – Vorys – Wiseman – American Legion: 154 East Main Street


This Greek Revival-style home’s construction was started in the early 1840s by Daniel Sifford. Sifford was a master craftsman who built numerous houses, churches, and businesses. Many still stand today including the Georgian Museum. Sifford went to California to follow the Gold Rush in 1852, leaving his house uncompleted. Returning home two years later, he lived in the unfinished house until his passing in 1885. The house was willed to his son Daniel Sifford Jr, and granddaughter, Effie Brock.

In 1897, Atkinson’s Cigar Factory reopened in the Sifford property after a fire broke out at their facility that was located on W. Main St. destroying 396,000 cigars. They had orders to ship 225,000 and needed to find a space to finish the job. They stayed in that facility until the property was sold in 1898 and relocated back down to W. Main Street in the Kirn Building.

The home was later completed by A.I. Vorys who bought the unfinished home at a Sheriff’s Sale in 1898. Vorys added a large front porch.

In 1909, it was sold to the Charles P. Wiseman family, owners of the Wiseman Department Store. They owned it until it was purchased by the American Legion in 1935. In 1949 the American Legion completed a large addition to the back of the house which would include a banquet hall, stage, social rooms, and kitchen.

The stone entry steps have an unusually fine carving. The main entrance has acanthus carving detail, and there is an attractive spiral stairway inside.

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