Historic Sites

Every city has its own unique feel and vibe, which is determined by a number of things. The local historic sites are no doubt one of the largest contributing factors to the aura that surrounds a city. When in Cincinnati, users recommend paying a visit to Cincinnati Observatory Center, in the Hyde Park area to get a feel for what truly makes up the city.

Fort Ancient State Memorial

Beautiful natural surroundings highlight this historic Native American site. Dating back 2000 years, the site is comprised of several ceremonial mounds and about 18,000 feet of earthen wall, portions of which were used along with the moon and...  Read More

Harriett Beecher Stowe House

This 1833 home was originally built for the president of Lane Seminary, who happened to be Dr. Lyman Beecher, father of famed author and abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe. She lived in the house for about two years until she married professor...  Read More

You will be in awe upon entering this beautiful cathedral. There are 82 stained glass windows, one of which is the largest in the world. The tabernacle in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel is plated in gold and set with semiprecious gems. The outside...  Read More

Harrison Tomb State Memorial

Ninth President of the US, William Henry Harrison spent the better part of his life in the Midwest, where he became known as a fearless and talented military leader. Harrison first earned acclaim for his hard-won victory in the Battle of...  Read More

Located in northern Cincy, this observatory bears the distinction of being the nation's first, dating to 1842. Originally housed at Mt. Adams (formerly known as Mt. Ida), the observatory moved to Mt. Lookout in 1873. In 1979, the observatory...  Read More

Birthplace and childhood home to the 27th United States President and former Supreme Court Chief Justice, William H. Taft. It's an excellent example of Greek revival architecture, and it's been restored to represent the home when Taft lived in...  Read More

Take a short drive to northern Cincinnati and discover one of the area's most charming buildings, a castle that's a replica one-fifth the scale of a 10th-century Norman Castle. Construction on the castle began in 1929 by Sir Harry Andrews. It...  Read More

Betts House

Constructed in 1804, this house is the oldest brick house in the state. It stands on its original site and is open for tours on a limited basis. It's also used as a research center where historians come to study building materials and traditions...  Read More

Waldschmidt Homestead Historical Site

Located on its original site, this 1804 home was constructed by Christian Waldschmidt, a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Originally it included a store. Waldschmidt was active in the German community and funded many community businesses, from...  Read More