Built c. 1820 by the Gross family and bought by the Lutheran Synod in 1834, this house served as home to the Lutheran Seminary’s headmaster, Dr. Ernest Hazelius, during that school’s location here 1834-1858. Theologian, historian, author, and educator, Dr. Hazelius (1777-1853) was its most important occupant. In 1891, Charlie Tilman, a traveling evangelist, wrote the hymn, “Old Time Religion,” while a guest here of the Leaphart family. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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