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.
Built for the adjacent Long-Alstatter Mansion and beautifully restored for the German Village Historic district; complete kitchen, sound system, and gardened brick patio.
German Village is a 9-block historic district located immediately north of Hamilton's central business district and adjacent to the Great Miami River. It has been listed on the National Register of … more
The Golden Lamb Restaurant is dedicated to the preservation of American Life and holds fast to a quality of gentle and gracious living.
The smell of fresh air and a bit of historical flavor are just a few of the ingredients that bring a touch of nostalgia to this preserve. The Governor Bebb Preserve features a historical pioneer … more
Hamilton's original burial ground, established in 1848, is a prime example of the rural cemetery movement of the first half of the nineteenth century. Listed in the Department of Interior's National … more
Built in 1866, the first free public library west of the Alleghenies was a gift to Hamilton from industrialist Clark Lane. This architecturally stunning octagonal building houses a modern library … more
Formerly the Hamilton Municipal Building, Heritage Hall displays exhibits highlighting the City of Hamilton, as well as Butler County's history through photographs, illustrations, and other materials. … more
The Highlands Historic District features over 60 architecturally distinctive homes, with the oldest built in 1894 by Charles Goldman.
The Historical Society of Madison Township is a group interested in collecting and preserving the history of the families in Madison Township. The goals are to compile a historical record of the … more
The Pioneer Farm Museum property has three buildings: the 1836 Doty Home, the former Oxford Township Trustees' Building (moved from East High Street in 2007), and an 1840s dairy barn moved from … more