Ernest Williams

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Ernest Williams (May 16, 1913 - April 17, 1994) was a man dedicated to keeping Granville’s history alive through miniature models of its famous architectural sites like the Buxton and Granville Inn. In 1992, Williams was awarded by Mayor Frank Stare for preserving the area’s architecture. The artist took up carving wood after seeing his daughter’s dollhouse for the first time. The tiny furniture pieces intrigued him, and he quickly caught on to the craft. Before Williams was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, he worked as a carpenter and cabinet maker [1]. When he took up carving, it became a type of therapy for him. Williams and his wife, Maxine, had three daughters—Molly, Sally, and Kip. [2]



  1. Sue Sheets, “Area carver brings history to life: Williams creates Licking County landmarks,” Newark Advocate (Newark, OH), May 16, 1992.
  2. Jean Carrelli, “Woodworker’s models display area’s history,” Newark Advocate (Newark, OH), May 1992.