The Manor House was the first property purchased by the Historical Society.
Dr. J.P. Cowan, a physician and member of the Ohio State Legislature and United States Congress, had the Manor House and accompanying Carriage House built in the 1850’s. Its stately appearance, thick walls and high ceilings made it a landmark, and possibly the first brick house built on what would later be known as Center Street. The house has been enlarged and remodeled several times–in 1906, 1920 and 1958.
In 1906, P.A. Myers bought the house for his son Guy and his new bride Kate Moore as a wedding present. Guy and Kate resided in the home until P.A.'s death. After that, several members of the Myers family occupied the home in the years following. Then in 1952, till Kate Myers donated it to Ashland College to be used as the President’s home. In 1969, the University began using it as their Historical Center.
In 1981, after the generous people of Ashland County supported a fundraising drive, the Ashland County Historical Society purchased the house and grounds.