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The Colleges and Academies of College Hill

 
 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, October 21, 2020
1. The Colleges and Academies of College Hill Marker
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Inscription.  
The first in a succession of schools that eventually gave College Hill its name was CARY'S ACADEMY FOR BOYS. Freeman Cary opened this school in his home on Hamilton Avenue in 1832. Success necessitated larger quarters and in 1833 PLEASANT HILL ACADEMY was built at the corner of Hamilton and Colerain (now Belmont) Avenues. Continuing growth and a distinguished faculty led to formation of a college. Money was raised by selling shares, mostly bought by local farmers. FARMERS COLLEGE OF HAMILTON COUNTY was chartered on February 23, 1846 and Cary Hall was built on this Belmont Avenue site in 1847. Future President of the United States, Benjamin Harrison, attended the college from 1848 to 1850. During the 1860s Cary Hall served as a station on the Underground Railroad.

Difficult times during and after the Civil War caused Farmers College to go co-educational. The closing of nearby, OHIO FEMALE COLLEGE, which had opened in 1849, also helped enrollment. Renaming the school BELMONT COLLEGE in 1884 was another attempt to regain public confidence. In 1887 the college
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president suggested changing to a high school academy. His board of directors agreed and in 1890 the school reopened as THE OHIO MILITARY INSTITUTE with a new building, Belmont Hall, next to Cary Hall. It provided young men with a college preparatory education along with military instruction. Increasing maintenance costs and a practical limit on tuition forced the school to close in 1958. The 47 acre campus was sold to the Cincinnati Board of Education. AIKEN HIGH SCHOOL was built on part of the property and opened in 1962.
 
Erected 2007 by The Ohio Military Institute Historical Associates, The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number OHS 69- 31.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
 
Location. 39° 11.529′ N, 84° 32.887′ W. Marker is in Cincinnati, Ohio, in Hamilton County. Marker is on Belmont Avenue just west of Pasadena Avenue, on the left when traveling west. marker ins in the parking lot of the College Hill Community Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5624 Belmont Ave, Cincinnati OH 45224, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John T. Crawford's Legacy (approx. 0.8 miles away);
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, October 21, 2020
3. The Colleges and Academies of College Hill Marker
Mt. Airy Forest (approx. 1.3 miles away); Manning Ferguson Force Memorial (approx. 2 miles away); Ludlow's Station (approx. 2.2 miles away); Maj. Gen. Arthur St. Clair (approx. 2.8 miles away); Boyhood Home of Dr. Winthrop Smith Sterling (approx. 3˝ miles away); Enoch Terry Carson (approx. 3.8 miles away); The Origins of Harvest Home (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cincinnati.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 22, 2020, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 35 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. 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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