Governor Cox’s million-dollar mansion steeped in history is for sale

Here's a look inside Trailsend, the former mansion & grounds of Gov. James M. Cox, Governor of Ohio from 1913-1915 & 1917-1921 and founder of the Dayton Daily News & Cox Enterprises. Located at 3500 Governors Trl. in Kettering, the property is currently listed for sale by Nancy Webb with Irongate Realtors for $1.2 million. Since the current owner purchased the property in 2015, extensive repairs and a restoration have been completed. Trailsend, built in 1916 and 1917, was designed by New York architect Oswald Hering in the French Renaissance architectural style with inspiration from the Petit Trianon at Versailles. Listing realtor Nancy Webb can be reached at (937) 212-3737 or through her website at nancywebb.irongaterealtors.com where the listing for this home can be viewed. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

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Credit: Tom Gilliam

Trailsend has been renovated and is back on the market for asking price of $1.2M

Trailsend, the mansion of former Ohio Gov. James M. Cox, is for sale.

Cox founded the company that has become Cox Enterprises, owner of the Dayton Daily News, the Springfield News-Sun, the Journal-News and Dayton.com, among other businesses.

Here's a look inside Trailsend, the former mansion & grounds of Gov. James M. Cox, Governor of Ohio from 1913-1915 & 1917-1921 and founder of the Dayton Daily News & Cox Enterprises. Located at 3500 Governors Trl. in Kettering, the property is currently listed for sale by Nancy Webb with Irongate Realtors for $1.2 million. Since the current owner purchased the property in 2015, extensive repairs and a restoration have been completed. Trailsend, built in 1916 and 1917, was designed by New York architect Oswald Hering in the French Renaissance architectural style with inspiration from the Petit Trianon at Versailles. Listing realtor Nancy Webb can be reached at (937) 212-3737 or through her website at nancywebb.irongaterealtors.com where the listing for this home can be viewed. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Gov. Cox’s estate, a sprawling mansion and grounds known as Trailsend, is located at 3500 Governors Trail Road in Kettering.

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Built in 1916 and 1917, it was designed by New York architect Oswald Hering in the French Renaissance architectural style with inspiration from the Petit Trianon at Versailles.

"The residence is of the purest type of French architecture, the designer, Oswald Hering, of New York, having in mind the Petite Trianon at Versailles,” Cox wrote in his memoir, “Journey Through My Years.”

Here are some things to know about the Ohio governor’s former home.

1.) LUXURY

The 15,000-square-foot home sits on five acres and includes six bedrooms/bathrooms, two tennis courts, a billiards room and an in-ground swimming pool located in the basement.

Here's a look inside Trailsend, the former mansion & grounds of Gov. James M. Cox, Governor of Ohio from 1913-1915 & 1917-1921 and founder of the Dayton Daily News & Cox Enterprises. Located at 3500 Governors Trl. in Kettering, the property is currently listed for sale by Nancy Webb with Irongate Realtors for $1.2 million. Since the current owner purchased the property in 2015, extensive repairs and a restoration have been completed. Trailsend, built in 1916 and 1917, was designed by New York architect Oswald Hering in the French Renaissance architectural style with inspiration from the Petit Trianon at Versailles. Listing realtor Nancy Webb can be reached at (937) 212-3737 or through her website at nancywebb.irongaterealtors.com where the listing for this home can be viewed. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

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Credit: Tom Gilliam

2.) PRESIDENTIAL HOPES

Cox planned his 1920 presidential campaign with running mate and future 32nd President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) at Trailsend. FDR visited the Governor at Trailsend as President during his final visit to Dayton in 1940.

Here's a look inside Trailsend, the former mansion & grounds of Gov. James M. Cox, Governor of Ohio from 1913-1915 & 1917-1921 and founder of the Dayton Daily News & Cox Enterprises. Located at 3500 Governors Trl. in Kettering, the property is currently listed for sale by Nancy Webb with Irongate Realtors for $1.2 million. Since the current owner purchased the property in 2015, extensive repairs and a restoration have been completed. Trailsend, built in 1916 and 1917, was designed by New York architect Oswald Hering in the French Renaissance architectural style with inspiration from the Petit Trianon at Versailles. Listing realtor Nancy Webb can be reached at (937) 212-3737 or through her website at nancywebb.irongaterealtors.com where the listing for this home can be viewed. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

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Credit: Tom Gilliam

3.) It’s all in a name

In Cox’s own words, from his memoir: "A vast assemblage made up from different sections of our state came to my home at Trailsend, in the country five miles from the center of Dayton. When they gathered together in a great natural bowl which the glaciers had carved, a moraine formation, it made a picture difficult to describe. Many inquired whence came the name 'Trailsend.' I have often been asked that question. In my travels through the country I have encountered it only in Wyoming. Senator Kendrick christened his home there with the same name. When I was campaigning in his state, he told me why. He had ridden horseback from Texas to his new habitat. It was the end of the trail with him. The genesis of my Trailsend was in some sense the same. Maps of the buffalo trails which the Indians followed show one which winds westward in its serpentine course from Hocking County and ends where I built my residence. Its terminus curls into an almost complete circle."

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Here's a look inside Trailsend, the former mansion & grounds of Gov. James M. Cox, Governor of Ohio from 1913-1915 & 1917-1921 and founder of the Dayton Daily News & Cox Enterprises. Located at 3500 Governors Trl. in Kettering, the property is currently listed for sale by Nancy Webb with Irongate Realtors for $1.2 million. Since the current owner purchased the property in 2015, extensive repairs and a restoration have been completed. Trailsend, built in 1916 and 1917, was designed by New York architect Oswald Hering in the French Renaissance architectural style with inspiration from the Petit Trianon at Versailles. Listing realtor Nancy Webb can be reached at (937) 212-3737 or through her website at nancywebb.irongaterealtors.com where the listing for this home can be viewed. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

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Credit: Tom Gilliam

4.) Location, location, location

"Tradition has it that this spot overlooking the great Miami Valley was a famous camping place for the Indians. Here they gathered after the hunt and perhaps after their battles as well. I was much too American to give my home a foreign name. Reflecting many times upon the pleasure that must have come to the red man at this end of the trail, and being certain, too, that I would live my life out there, I gave the name 'Trailsend' to the place where I have lived for almost thirty years," wrote Cox, in “Journey Through My Years.”

Here's a look inside Trailsend, the former mansion & grounds of Gov. James M. Cox, Governor of Ohio from 1913-1915 & 1917-1921 and founder of the Dayton Daily News & Cox Enterprises. Located at 3500 Governors Trl. in Kettering, the property is currently listed for sale by Nancy Webb with Irongate Realtors for $1.2 million. Since the current owner purchased the property in 2015, extensive repairs and a restoration have been completed. Trailsend, built in 1916 and 1917, was designed by New York architect Oswald Hering in the French Renaissance architectural style with inspiration from the Petit Trianon at Versailles. Listing realtor Nancy Webb can be reached at (937) 212-3737 or through her website at nancywebb.irongaterealtors.com where the listing for this home can be viewed. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

5.) Life after Gov. Cox

Trailsend was Gov. Cox's primary residence until his death on July 15, 1957. After Cox's death in 1957, Trailsend was sold and became a private club from 1958-1982 called the Trails End Social Club.

Danis Properties Co. Inc. bought Trailsend in 1986 and completed a $2.5 million dollar renovation.

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Here's a look inside Trailsend, the former mansion & grounds of Gov. James M. Cox, Governor of Ohio from 1913-1915 & 1917-1921 and founder of the Dayton Daily News & Cox Enterprises. Located at 3500 Governors Trl. in Kettering, the property is currently listed for sale by Nancy Webb with Irongate Realtors for $1.2 million. Since the current owner purchased the property in 2015, extensive repairs and a restoration have been completed. Trailsend, built in 1916 and 1917, was designed by New York architect Oswald Hering in the French Renaissance architectural style with inspiration from the Petit Trianon at Versailles. Listing realtor Nancy Webb can be reached at (937) 212-3737 or through her website at nancywebb.irongaterealtors.com where the listing for this home can be viewed. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

In 2005, Charles W. Spear purchased the property for $1.5 million to hold business meetings and events but faced foreclosure in 2012. The property was sold on April 24, 2015, to the current owner, who has also made updates to the property.

The home is back on the market again, currently listed for sale by Nancy Webb with Irongate Realtors for $1.2 million. Webb can be reached at (937) 212-3737 or through her website at nancywebb.irongaterealtors.com, where the listing for this home can be viewed.

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