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The Founding Site


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N39° 30.6301',
W084° 44.4949'

22 E High St
Oxford, OH 45056

Sigma Chi's most important historical monument is the site of the Fraternity's founding, located in Oxford, Ohio.

The small room, marked on the outside by a plaque between its two windows, is on the second floor of a building on the north side of High Street at the town square, and was the rooming place of Founders Runkle and Caldwell during their years of enrollment as undergraduates at Miami University. The badge of Sigma Chi was designed in this room and many of the earliest meetings of the Alpha Chapter were held here.

In 1973, the Founding Site was purchased and donated to the Sigma Chi Foundation by 41st Grand Consul William P. Huffman Denison 1911. It was renovated and rededicated in 1993. Additional remodeling, under the direction of architect and 20th Grand Historian, Eric Hansen, Cincinnati 1989, was completed for the 150th anniversary celebration in 2005.

Visiting the Founding Site

To visit the Founding Site, please make arrangements with the Alpha Chapter, or contact the site’s warden, Dustin Buecker at (859) 781-3226, or by using the contact form on this website.

If you are visiting Oxford for the day and have not made prior arrangements, contact Debra Nixon at Oxford Real Estate, 19 South Beech Street, Oxford, Ohio 45056, (513) 523-7253, to access the site.

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A NORTHERN CONFEDERATE AT JOHNSON'S ISLAND PRISON: The Civil War Diaries of James Parks Caldwell
George H. Jones
51st Grand Consul

McFarland & Co., 2010.


Sigma Chi Founder, Caldwell fought for the Confederacy and spent 18 months in the Union's Johnson's Island prison. While there he kept a diary on prison conditions, the politics of the day, and his personal interests.

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