Oberlin College and Conservatory

Tappan Square

Tappan Square connects the college to the city of Oberlin.

Legend has it that Oberlin's founders, Presbyterian ministers John Shipherd and Philo Stewart, stopped at an elm tree in the southeast corner, prayed, and decided that it was the place to build their community. The historic elm stayed on the square until disease forced its removal in 1965. A year later, Tappan Square became a National Historic Landmark.

Photo by Mike Crupi.

Tappan Square, Oberlin, OH 44074, United States

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At dusk, people walk along a path lit by paper lanterns.

Tappan Square is at its most beautiful, with hundreds of colorful Japanese lanterns strung across the green. Join us for this Oberlin tradition that gathers...

9/30 7pm

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Scenic view of Tappan Square in autumn.

Tappan Square posted a photo 3/2/2013

Scenic view of Tappan Square in autumn. Scenic view of Tappan Square in autumn.