A Stellar Cellar

Photo taken 4/17/12

The Cellar Restaurant at 220 Magnolia Ave. is located, according to the restaurant’s website, “in the historic home of President Warren G. Harding. Built in 1907 (the Property Appraiser’s website dates construction to 1901 -gm) by his father-in-law Amos H. Kling, the Hardings used the home as a seasonal residence to escape the cold Ohio winters. The building is now on the National Historic Registry.”

Findagrave.com has this to say about Mr. Amos Kling (1833-1913) : “Father of First lady Florence Kling DeWolfe Harding, he used his successful hardware business as a springboard to become Marion, Ohio’s wealthiest citizen. He was a strict disciplinarian who often had conflict with his daughter. He also resented his future son-in-law, Warren G. Harding who “shook up” Marion’s high society with both the editorial content and success of his newspaper, “The Marion Star”. Kling went to great measures to try to stop the marriage of Florence to Warren Harding, but to no avail. Some historians report that Kling and Harding reconciled in later years.”

If those walls could talk!

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5 Responses to A Stellar Cellar

  1. amy says:

    Another very interesting piece of Daytona history! I have yet to have dinner at The Cellar, but am convinced now to make that happen.

  2. Paul says:

    I always wanted to eat there when I lived in Daytona — I’ll have to add it to my list for the next trip! The story of Harding, his wife, and father-in-law sounds like a Lifetime movie in the making!

  3. Susan says:

    Have you eaten there? is it good? Next time we visit…..

  4. Tom Brown says:

    I wonder if the current owners have any of this history posted on their walls? Warren G. Harding in today’s history books is largely written off as a pretty boy who impressed the newly enfranchised women but was tainted by corruption. It would be interesting to read up on his early years and find out where Harding, the crusading newspaper editor, went wrong.

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