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Army of Forty - The people along the road, when they noticed the army approaching, wondered what had happened, supposing something terrible had happened and a posse of men had been formed to hunt an outlaw.

Belfast: The Spectre Of The Kramer House Mystifies - "The day after we moved in, the doors would open with no one in the rooms," said Mrs. Kramer. "At times, we have seen a man in the house and he just disappears. He's always dressed Victorian style."

Bigg's Place - To us oldsters, it doesn't seem that long ago that Bigg's opened, but in fact, it was 26 years ago, and a rather historic occurrence...

Bullskin Trace - The earliest "roads" in Clermont County, Ohio were traces made by the hoofs of animals and footsteps of Native Americans.

Centerville is one of Clermont County’s ‘Lost Villages’ - Centerville or Centreville, it has been spelled both in ways in records that have been found, was located at the intersection of Amelia-Olive Branch Road and Clough Pike in Batavia Township.

Cincinnati, Georgetown and Portsmouth Railroad - The second railroad to serve Batavia was the Cincinnati and Portsmouth. It was a narrow gauge steam railroad organized by Henry Brachmann in 1873. A narrow gauge line (3-ft. between rails) was cheaper to build than a standard gauge (4-ft. 8 ½ inches). After bankruptcy in 1877, it was reorganized as the Cincinnati, Georgetown & Portsmouth Railroad (CG&P RR).

Clermont Surveyed as part of Virginia Military District - The first land instrument recorded in Clermont County is a Virginia military sur- vey. Clermont County is one of 23 Ohio counties situated entirely or in part in the Virginia Military District (VMD) of Ohio.

Destruction of the Moselle - The Moselle was a brand new boat, built in Cincinnati it was only a couple of months old. It was, in 1838, regarded as the very best steamboat of its day. Its Captain and owner, Captain Perrin, was young and had great ambition. He was determined that the Moselle maintain the reputation as being "the swiftest steamboat in America."

Early Turnpikes - 1850 to 1860 was the turnpike period, but it seems that the property owners were paying for the cost of the work, for their particular use and also the public.

East Fork Began Long Before Park - On a busy weekend, East Fork State Park has thousands of people pass through its gates. The boat ramp parking lots swell with cars and trailers usually before lunch.

First Newspapers of Clermont County - The first newspaper in Clermont, The Political Censor, was printed at Williamsburg in 1813.

Gettysburg Address 150th Anniversary - Contrary to myth or folklore, the Address was not written on the back of an envelope. Early drafts exist on White House stationery. Lincoln was something of a late addition to the cemetery dedication speakers list.

Island Queen the Essence of Summer - Fifty years ago, it meant a morning rush to pack a picnic lunch, a ride on an orange streetcar to Fountain Square (before there was a plaza) and a hurried walk down Broadway to the Public Landing, where the boat was tied up to the Coney Island wharfboat.

Judge Nichols, who had reached his 77th year, was born in New Richmond on March 25, 1864, the son of Perry J. Nichols, a lawyer, and Jeanette Gilmore Nichols He attended Batavia High School, Ohio Wesleyan College at Delaware, later entering the Cincinnati Law School, from which he graduated in 1886.

Kenton's Bear Creek Expedition - If anyone person should ever be singled out for the credit of opening this area to American settlement for white people, it would have to be Simon Kenton. He was involved in much more history of the Clermont County area than only fighting in the Battle of Grassy Run.

King of France Was Clermont Teacher - Of a certain King, history tells us little, other than he wandered about the wilderness of America as he sought to earn a living teaching.

Library for Villages and Townships - Clermont County was the last county in Ohio to fund a public library, in 1955, 44 years later. At that, it was a struggle. In 1948, voters approved funding for a library system, via the Intangible Personal Property Tax. A Library board was organized. But the Clermont County Budget Commission repeatedly refused to approve the library's budget, even though the money existed! Eventually, the Library Board sought help from the Ohio Board of Tax Appeal, and won suit.

Morgan's Raid Trail - On July 14, 1863, at about 7:30 a.m., Gen. John Hunt Morgan and his approximately 2,000 Confederate States cavalrymen entered Clermont County. Morgan's Raiders crossed the Little Miami River at a fording place known as Dungan's Crossing. Today it is located where S. R. 126 makes a sharp turn at the southwestern end of Evergreen Cemetery, Miamiville. The crossing was made uncontested.

Norfolk & Western Part 1 - Over the years the gauge of the track changed three times, the name changed several times and it went into bankruptcy four times. In 1877 the railroad built a line from Batavia Junction to New Richmond. The Norfolk & Western took over the railroad in 1901.

Norfolk & Western Part 2 - More than a thousand people, men, women and children, stood on the banks of the East Fork last Friday at dusk, regarding with dismay and horror the wreck of the railroad bridge.

POST MARKS OF CLERMONT COUNTY - In the past there were many Post Offices in Clermont County. Due to the government reducing costs, the amount has been cut down to a very few.

Rev. John Collins and Andrew Pinkham - Clermont Heritage - Clermont County has much about which to boast in Tate Township.

WW ll Veterans Honored - On February 12, 2013 the French bestowed their Legion of Honor, their highest honor for US Veterans who risked their life during WW ll to fight on French territory, to three Clermont County Veterans.