Sarah's House

 Victorian Bed & Breakfast

1015 Main Street l Dresden, Ohio 43821 l 740-754-2097

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       Originally constructed in 1860 when Abraham Lincoln was President, and built for Lamech and Sarah Rambo, the timber used in the framing and the lovely butternut woodwork in the home was brought by Ohio-Erie canal boat from ports on Lake Erie.

       Mr. Rambo was engaged in the manufacture of woolen goods under the firm name of L. Rambo & Co.  He was a native of Knox County, Ohio, where he was born on August 6, 1821.  His parents, William and Grace (Levering) Rambo, were Pennsylvanians who moved to Knox County in 1812. 

       Lamech Rambo assisted his father on the home farm until he was 15 years of age, at which time he became engaged in wool carding and in 1845 in the manufacture of woolen goods at Rocky Fork on Licking River.  In 1848 his establishment was unfortunately burned, but he afterward located near Newark, Ohio and started a woolen mill.  In 1852 he began a like establishment at Dresden, Ohio, where he was the largest employer in the area for 30 years.  In addition to successfully managing his mill, much of his attention was given to agriculture , in which he was equally prosperous. He owned 526 acres of land in the Muskingum Valley, the entire tract being exceedingly fertile and valuable. 

       It is said that Mr. Rambo was a shrewd and practical man of business, who was wide awake to his own interests, but was never known to wrong others.

       In 1843 Sarah A. Walker became his wife, she being the daughter of John Walker who settled in Knox County in 1808.  The Rambo’s union produced these children: William Adna Rambo (Born 3/29/1844, died 4/21/1847); Elmira Alice Rambo (born 10/12/1845 - never married); Elmer Judson Rambo (Born 6/9/1847 of Findley, OH; Chicago, IL); Miranda Flavilla Rambo (Born 11/5/1850, died 12/14/1850); Viola Miranda Rambo (Born 11/28/1852, died 7/20/1854); Alvy E. Rambo (Born 1857 no death info available at time of this writing).


(This information was gleaned from the Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Muskingum County, Ohio.  Pages 548/549)

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There are seven gables on Sarah’s House and this Cross is Steve & Tina’s favorite symbol found on one of the side street gables.

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Sarah's House

 Victorian Bed & Breakfast

1015 Main Street w Dresden, Ohio 43821


A Brief History of Sarah’s House:

The Rambo’s headstone is located in the Dresden Cemetery on Main Street, a short walk from Sarah’s House.  The inscription below Lamech’s name reads:  “Established Dresden Woolen Mill 1851—He opened his hand to the needy”  The inscription below Sarah’s name reads:  “Her last words:  If ‘tis the Lord’s will…..’tis sweet to rest in hope.”