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A place's history reminds us of where things started and inspires us to keep moving into where we want to be. On March 24, 1803, the State of Ohio established Butler County. The county was named in honor of Richard Butler, who was killed in St. Clair's defeat in 1791. It was originally part of Hamilton County. Butler County is rich with historical landmarks, sculptures, museums, and community districts.

You'll see many museums and memorials throughout Butler County, reminding visitors of days gone by. The Canal Museum in Middletown lies on the former route of the Miami-Erie Canal and showcases displays of the canal and the early industry of Middletown. The Soldiers, Sailors, and Pioneers Monument in Hamilton sits on the site of Fort Hamilton and prominently displays a 17-foot Civil War Soldier proclaiming victory on the top of this monumental structure. In Oxford, the Freedom Summer 1964 Memorial, located on the historic Western College campus of Miami University, commemorates the civil rights workers who were trained at the Western College for Women, now part of Miami University, in 1964.

Throughout some of Butler County's oldest communities lie stunning historic gems. The Chrisholm Historic Farmsead in Trenton, built in 1874, was the home of the leading family of the Amish-Mennonite settlement that existed in the early 19th Century and it's listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Another historical treasure lies in Fairfield: the Elisha Morgan Farm Mansion is a Fleming Bond brick farm "mansion", listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1817.

Hamilton is also home to many stunning historic homes that mark the grand architecture of years past. The city offers walking tours that highlights the area's most notable structures and provides a booklet that details the historical significance of each property. Take an interactive tour of Hamilton's historic landmarks and view the tour booklet by visiting the city's digital booklet: Walking Tours of Historic Hamilton, Ohio

Take a step back in time and experience the most stunning and significant historical landmarks in Butler County. 

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1910 Museum

  • 2 E. Elm Street
  • Monroe, OH 45050

Monroe’s 1910 building has a long and varied history in our city. It has been a general store, soda fountain, dress shop, municipal services building, popular local hangout called the “Hornet’s Nest” … more

Benninghofen House

  • 327 North Second St
  • Hamilton, OH 45011

The Benninghofen House portrays the lifestyle of a prominent businessman and his family during the latter 19th century, as Hamilton developed into an industrial center. Original architectural details … more

Black Covered Bridge

  • 5401 Corso Rd
  • Oxford, OH 45056

The Black Covered Bridge spans Four Mile (Tallawanda) Creek and is the only covered bridge in Butler County remaining in its original location. Built in 1869, the bridge was originally known as the … more

Brookside Cemetery

  • West Chester Road
  • West Chester, OH 45069

The Brookville Cemetery in West Chester is 12 acres and began as a family cemetery in the mid-1800's.

Bunker Hill Universalist Pioneer Cemetery

  • 5351 Reily-Millville Road
  • Reily Township, OH 45013

This one acre pioneer park was established in 1855 and is located adjacent to the Pater Park Wildlife Area. There are around 60 pioneers known to be buried in this cemetery, including veterans from … more

The Butler County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) became a chapter of the OGS in 1978. The mission of the society is to create a means of sharing information about Butler County and its … more

Butler County Courthouse

  • 10 High Street
  • Hamilton, OH 45011

One of Butler County's foremost active landmarks, this grand four-story structure was built between 1885 and 1889 with Corinthian columns and a mansard roof. The Courthouse is an outstanding example … more

Butler County Historical Society

  • 327 N. 2nd Street
  • Hamilton, OH 45011

The Butler County Historical Society maintains the Benninghofen House as a museum, with house and furnishings representing the lifestyle of a wealthy family during the Victorian Era and Age of … more

Butler County Veterans Memorial

  • 20 New London Road
  • Hamilton, OH 45013

This memorial sits in Butler County's Veterans Park and contains over 700 names of local Armed Services heroes from World War I to the present. This park features a retired Howitzer Cannon and also … more

Canal Museum

  • 1605 N Verity Parkway
  • Middletown, OH 45042

The Canal Museum is located on the route of the Miami-Erie Canal, which was operational from 1825 - 1929. Constructed in 1982, the Canal Museum presents displays that feature the Miami-Erie Canal and … more

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Butler County Visitors Bureau

8756 Union Centre Blvd.
West Chester, Ohio 45069

888-462-2282

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