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There is a new addition to the Sherman House Museum and it stands over 7 feet tall.

Just inside the front door of the museum is a fiberglass statue of General William Sherman. It was made by Urbana, Ohio sculptor Mike Major and is an exact replica of the statue that is located on the square in downtown Lancaster.

The downtown statue, which was also made by Major, was installed in the early 2000s and weighs almost 1,000 pounds. The fiberglass version is considerably lighter and tips the scales at around 80 pounds.

Wendy Gregory, the Executive Director of the Fairfield County Heritage Association (FCHA), was contacted by Major to see if the Sherman House would be interested in purchasing the replica. He was keeping it in his workspace but needed the room for more projects. Gregory was able to raise the money to purchase it in less than a week.

Donations came in from across the country with the largest donation coming from FCHA members, John and Marlene Hays. The Hays are big supporters of the museum and were in the museum when the statue was delivered.

Sculptor Mike Major, Sherman House Museum Curator Phyllis Kuhn, Fairfield County Heritage Association Marketing Director Michael Johnson and Executive Director Wendy Gregory standing with Major's William Tecumseh Sherman statue.

Sculptor Mike Major, Sherman House Museum Curator Phyllis Kuhn, Fairfield County Heritage Association Marketing Director Michael Johnson and Executive Director Wendy Gregory standing with Major’s William Tecumseh Sherman statue.

Plans for the statue continue to grow but currently it is a popular selfie spot. There is even a competition called “Selfie with Sherman.” Tour-goers can take a photo with the General and post it on social media using the hashtag #SelfieWithSherman. One post each month will be selected to receive a free gift from the Sherman House Museum.

General William Tecumseh Sherman statue inside the entryway of the Sherman House Museum in Lancaster, Ohio.The lightweight quality of the statue will allow FCHA to take it on the road for special events. In fact, General Sherman will make his debut outside of the museum on Wednesday, May 10 at the 2023 Ohio Tourism Day event on the lawn of the State Capitol building in Columbus, Ohio. FCHA was invited by Visit Fairfield County to attend with them. Their booth will certainly stand out with Sherman standing well above the crowd!

You can see the new statue and participate in the photo contest by visiting the Sherman House Museum for a tour. The museum is open Wednesday – Sunday with 45-minute tours at noon, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm.

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Michael R. Johnson, marketing director for the Fairfield County Heritage Association based in Lancaster, Ohio.

By Michael Johnson

Lancaster native Michael Johnson is the Marketing Director for the Fairfield County Heritage Association and serves as editor of the Heritage Quarterly – a magazine highlighting local history. Michael is a member of the Sherman Rotary and the Lancaster Fairfield Chamber of Commerce’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Committee. His bachelor’s degree in history education was earned at Ohio University. Michael is married to Tara Johnson and has two children, Isaac and Mia.