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Near Fairfield in Butler County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Miami Chapel Cemetery / Fair Play

 
 
Miami Chapel Cemetery side of the marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, October 21, 2020
1. Miami Chapel Cemetery side of the marker
Inscription.  
Miami Chapel Cemetery. Around 1843, local Methodists organized a new Methodist Episcopal church at Fair Play and later erected a brick chapel. The congregation was short-lived, however, and fell into decline after one of its leading members, Joseph Lashorn, moved to Hamilton. In 1876, Reverend F. G. Grigsby of the United Brethren church organized a congregation here, repairing and occupying the old Methodist chapel for the next several years. The cemetery is the burial place for veterans from the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War; some of whom are interred in unmarked graves. The last known burial was Etta Thomas in 1941.

Fair Play. The dark, rich soil of the area gained for it the name Black Bottom and there sprang up the village of Fair Play, also called Fair Play Mills. It was the site of many water-powered mills, as mill races were located between bends of the Great Miami River. In 1835, the Graham brothers purchased 300 acres in Fair Play. Their paper mill made writing and wrapping paper and bonnet boards. By 1846, the area included a sawmill, a grist mill, and three paper mills. Carding and fulling
Fair Play side of the marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, October 21, 2020
2. Fair Play side of the marker
mills, for cloth-making, and a distillery also operated in the village. Flooding in 1866 and 1868 changed the river's course, making milling untenable. By 1882, Fair Play was gone. The approximate location of Fair Play stretches from Thomas O. Marsh Park to the Great Miami River and was included within Fairfield when it was incorporated in 1954.
 
Erected 2018 by City of Fairfield, Parks Department and The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 42-9.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
 
Location. 39° 20.049′ N, 84° 35.714′ W. Marker is near Fairfield, Ohio, in Butler County. Marker is at the intersection of River Road and Lakeside Drive, on the right when traveling north on River Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5909 River Rd, Fairfield OH 45014, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Former Site of Fort Dunlap (approx. 4.2 miles away); Dunlap's Station (approx. 4.2 miles away); Hamilton Airport- Hogan Field
Miami Chapel Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, October 21, 2020
3. Miami Chapel Cemetery Marker
(approx. 4.2 miles away); Greg Snyder (approx. 4.4 miles away); Symmes Monument (approx. 4.6 miles away); The Hollow Earth Monument (approx. 4.6 miles away); Butler County Children’s Home (approx. 4.6 miles away); Grand Army of the Republic Memorial (approx. 4.8 miles away).
 
Fair Play side of the marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, October 21, 2020
4. Fair Play side of the marker
Plaque at the entrance of the cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, October 21, 2020
5. Plaque at the entrance of the cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 22, 2020, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 48 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 22, 2020, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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