Sunday, June 11, 2000

Gardens on display in Hamilton

Homes date to 1800s

By Randy McNutt
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — Next Saturday, Rossville's name will live again during the fourth biennial Historic Rossville Garden Tour.

        Gardens of 13 historic homes in the neighborhood will open to the public. They include many grand old homes in the 300 block of South D Street.

        Some people still call the area Rossville, and once it was a town unto itself. Rossville days were long ago, just after Fort Hamilton turned into the community of Hamilton in the late 1790s.

        The two towns faced each other across the Great Miami River. In time they merged, but Rossville's name lingered for many years — even in the movie house, The Rossville.

        Garden visitors will have an opportunity to shop for antiques and gardening supplies on the front porches of several homes, said Joan Stidham, president of the Rossville Historic District.

        Gardens will be open at a number of large, old homes on South D Street, South C Street and Ross Avenue, she said.

        The homes and gardens are on Hamilton's west side. The neighborhood, which includes homes built in the late 1800s, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

        The garden tour is held every two years so the gardens, and gardeners, can replenish themselves.

        Proceeds from the tour will be used to help pay for maintenance in the district, including painting lamp posts and buying signs, said Eugenia Beecher, who lives on South D Street with her husband, Jim.

        “Many of the gardens are old and have been reworked,” she said. “My garden was there when I moved in, but it has been revitalized and moved.

        “There are many new plants, too. The gardens are beautiful.”


        Homes on the tour: 372 S. D St., 318 S. D St., 132 S. C St., 219 S. D St., 524 S. D St., 520 Crescent Road, 328 S. D St., 306 S. D St., 405 Ross Ave., 341 S. D St., 121 S. B St., 128 S. D St. and 416 Ross Ave.

        Cost: $11 in advance from Main Street merchants, or on the day of the tour at the Rossville Garden, Franklin and South B Street.


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