If you're familiar with Massillon, you're probably familiar with the beautiful homes and rich history of 4th St. NE. The road surface is still covered in original bricks dating back to the mid 1800's, when Massillon was founded. The area between Cherry Road and Federal Street is listed within the National Register of Historic Places, with the homes of some of Massillon's first business owners, bankers, and merchants.
Included in the impressive collection of homes is the Thomas Russell House. The Russells, Thomas, Nahum, and George, all lived on 4th Street and founded Russell and Company, a popular reaper/mower business. Today, much of the historic charm has been preserved within the house, including its grand staircase in the main hall, elegant parlor, and dining room. To walk inside the Thomas Russell House is like walking back in time, but its preservation has not been at the sacrifice of more modern day luxuries. The kitchen has been updated with all the conveniences of any newer home today. Also, the carriage house above the garage has been updated to include anything you'd ever need.
I had the pleasure to record Amanda and Bill's wedding preparations at the Thomas Russell House and it was so amazing to be surrounded by such a historic site. It certainly made for some excellent video images! I also love how comfortable the house was- Everyone was so comfortable and I got the sense that this felt like a second home to them. I'd like to think that Thomas Russell would smile to think that his home from so many years ago is still being used and enjoyed by people today.
If you would like more information about the Thomas Russell House, or would like to book your stay, please check out their Facebook page.