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The Longwood Manor Historical Society is devoted to the Restoration and Preservation of Colonel William Frew Long's, Macedonia, Ohio estate.

Colonel William Frew Long was born in Alleghany, Pennsylvania to a prominent and wealthy family. His father was speaker of the house of representatives and president of the Pittsburgh stock exchange. It was the crash in the late 1880's and his fathers death that left his family penniless. William Long took care of his mother and brother, and at the age of 11, quit school and began working long hours.

Throughout his life, Colonel Long was very active in civic and community affairs. In 1950, when he retired to his home in Macedonia, he became actively involved in city affairs. The first position he held was Chairman of Macedonia Board of Appeals. He held that position until 1962 when he was elected the "first" Mayor of Macedonia. He remained Mayor of the city until he was 96 years old, making him the oldest Mayor in the United States. A title still held today. The legacy of Colonel Long lives on in Longwood Manor, located at 1634 E. Aurora Road. It represents his commitment to providing the community with an opportunity to prosper and to make the city a better place in which to live.

The Longwood Manor Historical Society
Upon his death, Colonel Long donated his home and property to the City of Macedonia. The Longwood Manor Historical Society is recognized by the Macedonia City Council to restore the property. We want to help teach a new generation about the man who had a primary role in making Macedonia what it is today. It is important to preserve the 84 year old home and to appreciate and be aware of the fascinating development of a once "small town" to such a thriving, growing city.

Your Help is Needed!
We have been concentrating our efforts in the house since 2002. With the first floor finished, we started on the second floor. Before the winter of 2006-2007, the outside of the home was being readied for a much needed face lift. The third floor is very close to being finished. Before renovations were complete, the home was rezoned from residential to commercial. Since the house was originally a residence, it did not meet several commercial code requirements. Until these codes are met, public activities and access to the house have been suspended.

Won't you please help us in our efforts of saving the history of this man and his house by contributing much needed donations or volunteering your efforts with us?