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History & Heritage

A destination's history reminds us of where things started and inspires us to keep moving to 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, museums, sculptures and historic districts.

You'll see many museums and memorials throughout Butler County, reminding you 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. 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.

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 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Another historical treasure lies in Fairfield: the Elisha Morgan Farm Mansion. This Fleming Bond brick farm "mansion", is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and was built in 1817.

Hamilton is home to many stunning historic homes that mark the grand architecture of years past. The city offers walking tours that highlight 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.

To get started download Butler County History is Here! presented by the Butler County Historical Collaborative. This detailed guide will take you on an informative historical journey, and help you experience our exciting historic places and spaces.

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Canal Museum

1605 N. Verity Pkwy. Middletown OH 45042
Location: Middletown

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 the early industry of Middletown. The museum is open mid-April through mid-October and other dates...

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Chickahominy House Museum

10 E. Elm St. Monroe OH 45050
Location: Monroe

The Chickahominy House was copied from the Old Chickahominy House in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. It was designed to showcase the interior of a modern home from the late 1890’s to early 1900’s. The original house from Virginia was restored in 1955 and is now a world-famous restaurant. The museum...

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Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead

2070 Woodsdale Rd. Trenton OH 45067
Location: Trenton

Built in 1874, this farmhouse was the home of the leading family of the Amish-Mennonite settlement that existed in the early 19th Century and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. there are a variety of events hosted here throughout the year and it can be reserved for picnic spaces...

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Dayton Lane Historic District

712 Dayton St. Hamilton OH 45011
Location: Hamilton

The Dayton-Lane Historic District encompasses homes of Hamilton's prominent industrialists. Featuring more than 200 structures represent architectural styles from the last quarter of the 19th century. The 1868 Titus Atlas of Butler County shows that the area contained within the district was only...

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DeWitt Log House

4824 Trenton Oxford Rd. Oxford OH 45056
Location: Oxford

The log house of Zachariah Price DeWitt is the oldest remaining structure in Oxford Township. It is the last of the pioneer homesteads established along the Four-Mile Creek before Oxford Township, the town of Oxford or Miami University even existed. The DeWitt Log House is a two-story log structure...

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Elisha Morgan Farm Mansion

6181 Ross Rd. Fairfield OH 45014
Location: Fairfield

The Elisha Morgan Mansion is a Flemish Bond brick farm "mansion," built c.1817, and stands as a treasured historic landmark in the City of Fairfield. It has been determined that the house, as it presently stands, was constructed in three stages. The original Federal style front portion, facing Ross...

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General Store & More

4751 Cincinnati Brookville Rd Shandon OH 45064
Location: Shandon

Shandon General Store and More is the former home of A. R. Robinson's General Store. In November 1905 construction began on this building for Alexander and Ellen Robinson. The country store was in operation until 1969. Since then it has served as a meat market and antique shop.

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German Village Historic District

Vine St. & Dayton St. Hamilton OH 45011
Location: Hamilton

German Village is a nine-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 Historic Places since 1991. It was the first residential development outside of Fort Hamilton...

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Governor Bebb MetroPark

1979 Bebb Park Ln. Okeana OH 45053
Location: Okeana

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 village, which includes the log house birthplace of William Bebb, Butler County native and Ohio's...

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Greenwood Cemetery

1602 Greenwood Avenue Hamilton OH 45011
Location: Hamilton

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 Register of Historic Places, Greenwood is noted for its fine collection of marble statuary and large...

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