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--1869 - Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), veterans' organization of Union soldiers who fought in American Civil War, established Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Orphans' Home in Xenia, Ohio, predecessor of Ohio Veterans' Children's Home.
--1870 - 75 children at the home and State of Ohio assumed control. Xenia residents provided 150 acres to build permanent housing for Ohio children who lost fathers in American Civil War. Eventually the State opened residence to orphans of all military conflicts, children of all veterans, including some children who, due to family financial difficulties, were left at the home.
--1901 - 900 children at the home, making the facility the largest institution of its kind in the world. They received traditional education, occupational and military training, and lived in cottages with 40-50 per cottage.
--1978 - became known as Ohio Veterans' Children's Home
--1997 - ceased operations
--1998 - property sold to Legacy Ministries International, which leases the site to different businesses and organizations including a retirement community, a Christian school, and the international headquarters of Athletes-in-Action. Every year, a reunion of former pupils is held.
Excerpted from: Ohio Veterans Childrens Home - Ohio History Central - a product of the Ohio Historial Society