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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Brown County, Ohio

Clickable Map of Brown County, Ohio and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Brown County, OH (56) Adams County, OH (46) Clermont County, OH (120) Clinton County, OH (46) Highland County, OH (37) Bracken County, KY (23) Mason County, KY (82)  BrownCounty(56) Brown County (56)  AdamsCounty(46) Adams County (46)  ClermontCounty(120) Clermont County (120)  ClintonCounty(46) Clinton County (46)  HighlandCounty(37) Highland County (37)  BrackenCountyKentucky(23) Bracken County (23)  MasonCounty(82) Mason County (82)
Georgetown is the county seat for Brown County
Adjacent to Brown County, Ohio
      Adams County (46)  
      Clermont County (120)  
      Clinton County (46)  
      Highland County (37)  
      Bracken County, Kentucky (23)  
      Mason County, Kentucky (82)  
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1 Ohio, Brown County, Decatur — Byrd Township World War I Memorial
In honor of the boys of Byrd Township who served the American colors in the World War 1917- 1919 for liberty and humanity Earl H. Baird · E. Victor Bennett · Walter F. Bennett · + Frank Brooks · George B. Brown · Alonzo Davis · John W. . . . Map (db m214452) WM
2 Ohio, Brown County, Decatur — Decatur Civil War Monument
Spanish American Co. H. 3rd O.V.I R. H. Fisher • J. M. Sheeler • J. F. Burbage • Arthur Edwards • Geo. Parker 10th U.S. O.V.C. Co. F. 1st O. Lt. Art. Henry Ebrite • J. G. Kirkpatrick • Geo. Woods Co. I. 12th . . . Map (db m214451) WM
3 Ohio, Brown County, Decatur — Decatur CommunityWelcome
Established 1801 Oldest village in Brown CountyMap (db m199308) HM
4 Ohio, Brown County, Decatur — 5-8 — Historic Decatur / A. N. Marquis and Who’s Who
Historic Decatur. Originally called St. Clairsville and platted in 1801, Decatur was named for early 19th century naval hero Stephen Decatur. It is among the oldest villages in Brown County, which before 1817 was a part of Adams County. Among . . . Map (db m121885) HM
5 Ohio, Brown County, Fayetteville — Fayetteville Veterans Memorial
Dedicated in memory of United States Military Veterans Veterans of Foreign Wars Scanlon – Kelly Post 5920 Knights of Columbus Father Sourd Council 2423 Fayetteville Ohio 27 May 2013Map (db m95556) WM
6 Ohio, Brown County, Fayetteville — Vera Cruz WW II MemorialSt. Angela Merici Parish
In honor of God and in memory of the members of ths parish who served in World War II Flischel, Robert E. killed in action December 31, 1944 (38 names)Map (db m95538) WM
7 Ohio, Brown County, Georgetown — Boyhood Home of Ulysses S. GrantEighteenth President of the United States of America
Of this furlough after the sophomore term at West Point, Grant wrote. "This i enjoyed beyond any other period of my life. Most of my time was spent among my old school mates." Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant Volume IMap (db m199483) HM
8 Ohio, Brown County, Georgetown — Brown County Courthouse Reconstruction
This plaque is dedicated to those whose efforts contributed to and made possible the reconstruction of the Brown County Courthouse severely damaged by fire in 1977.Map (db m199472) HM
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9 Ohio, Brown County, Georgetown — Brown County World War II Memorial
1941 - 1945 In honor of those of Brown County who gave their lives in World War II "He lives in fame, that died in virtue's cause" Charles Colthar • Calvin Schuler • Garrett Hamm • Wilbur Watson • Paul Kelly • Eugene . . . Map (db m199474) WM
10 Ohio, Brown County, Georgetown — Cahall Bros Inc.
Established in 1953 by Brothers Calvin and Perry Cahall, operated by Kyle and Roland Cahall, sons of Calvin, Since 1990Map (db m214460) HM
11 Ohio, Brown County, Georgetown — 2-8 — Dixon-Washburn Log House
This house originally stood at Logan’s Gap, Union Township. By tradition, it was constructed in 1783 by Indian scouts William Dixon and Cornelius Washburn who became residents of Brown County. Dixon lived in this house until 1800.Map (db m135937) HM
12 Ohio, Brown County, Georgetown — Gen. U. S. Grant First School
Gen. U.S. Grant first attended school in this house in 1829Map (db m199478) HM
13 Ohio, Brown County, Georgetown — 3-8 — General Thomas Lyon Hamer1800-1846 — Teacher-Lawyer-Congressman-Soldier —
Master Mason (1824), Georgetown Lodge No. 72, Free and Accepted Masons.
"…Hamer was one of the ablest men Ohio ever produced. I have always believed that had his life been spared, he would have been President of the United . . . Map (db m70909) HM WM
14 Ohio, Brown County, Georgetown — 12 — GeorgetownRaiders in the Town Square — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —
Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan sent his brother, Colonel Richard Morgan, and about 200 Confederate raiders on a foraging expedition into Georgetown the morning of July 15, 1863. Elizabeth King wrote a letter to Ulysses S. Grant in 1884 . . . Map (db m136005) HM
15 Ohio, Brown County, Georgetown — 11-8 — Gist SettlementScott Township
Through the terms of his will, absentee British landowner Samuel Gist freed his 350 slaves in Virginia. Gist (c.1723-1815) intended that these freed people would remain on the land and receive instruction in Christianity and that schools . . . Map (db m136037) HM
16 Ohio, Brown County, Georgetown — Grant Schoolhouse State Memorial
Built circa 1829, Georgetown, Ohio. As a young boy Ulysses Grant attended classes at this site between 1829 and 1835.Map (db m166307) HM
17 Ohio, Brown County, Georgetown — Korean War & Vietnam War Memorial
In honor of those from Brown County who gave their lives in the Korean War and Vietnam War Darrel B. Boothby • James G. Boyd • Avone Eads • James R. Emery • Kenneth R. Foreman • Oliver E. Wallingford • David Bingamon • Charles . . . Map (db m221615) WM
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18 Ohio, Brown County, Georgetown — Life in the 1800sWork, work, work
Hiram Ulysses Grant, as he was originally named, lived in this brick house from the time he was a year old until he left to attend West Point at age 17. Grant's father, Jesse, built the family home and a tannery across the street. Work in a . . . Map (db m199482) HM
19 Ohio, Brown County, Georgetown — School in the 1800sReading, 'riting, and 'rithmatic
Grant attended local schools from 1827 to 1838, most of those years in Georgetown and in this building. Public schools as we know them did not exist at the time. This was a private or subscription school. Parents paid a tuition of $1.50 to $2 . . . Map (db m166308) HM
20 Ohio, Brown County, Georgetown — The American Creed — Brown County Veterans Memorial —
I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic; a sovereign nation of many sovereign states; a . . . Map (db m136034) WM
21 Ohio, Brown County, Georgetown — The Davis Ammen House
. . . Map (db m199486) HM
22 Ohio, Brown County, Georgetown — The Georgetown United Methodist Church
First dedicated May 1847 Rededicated May 1929 Rededicated May 1995 Architect: Roger Short Associates General Contractor: Garrison Construction Pastor: Rev. Delbert Harper Planning Committee: Bonnie Cochran, Roger Crawford, Jill . . . Map (db m199485) HM
23 Ohio, Brown County, Georgetown — The Washburn-Dixon Log House
Constructed in 1793 by William Dixon and Cornelius Washburn, Indian scouts who helped to clear for settlement the area that became Brown County.Map (db m135967) HM
24 Ohio, Brown County, Georgetown — U.S. Grant Boyhood Home
U.S. Grant Boyhood Home has been designated a National Historic Landmark This site posses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America 1985 National Park Service United States Department . . . Map (db m199479) HM
25 Ohio, Brown County, Georgetown — Ulysses GrantAverage Student to U.S. President
Date of Birth April 27, 1822 Education 1827-1836 Local subscription school in Georgetown, Ohio 1836-1837 Boarding school in Maysville, Kentucky 1838-1839 Boarding school in Ripley, Ohio 1839-1843 U.S. Military Academy at West . . . Map (db m166309) HM
26 Ohio, Brown County, Georgetown — Ulysses GrantHorse Whisperer
Grant loved horses, and it seemed as if they loved and understood him. As a toddler he played around the horses at his father's tannery, swinging on their tails and crawling under their bellies. His skills as a trainer and rider made him a legend . . . Map (db m199481) HM
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27 Ohio, Brown County, Georgetown — Ulysses S. GrantNative Son — “...this place remained my home...” —
Commander of Union Army, 1864–1869. • 18th President of the United States, 1869–1877. • “Let Us Have Peace” —Ulysses S. Grant, 1968.Map (db m136031) HM WM
28 Ohio, Brown County, Georgetown — 1-8 — Ulysses S. Grant Boyhood Home
U.S. Grant, general-in-chief of the Armies of the United States, 18th president and first native Ohioan to be elected chief executive, lived in this house from 1824 to 1839. Jesse R. Grant, his father, built the original part fronting Water . . . Map (db m70910) HM WM
29 Ohio, Brown County, Georgetown — War Savings Stamps
In recognition of the patriotism of the people of Brown County who oversubscribed their war savings quota in 1918 this tablet is gratefully erected by the Ohio War Savings CommitteeMap (db m214453) HM WM
30 Ohio, Brown County, Mt. Orab — Mt. Orab Korean and Vietnam MemorialCannon and Flag Pole
In memory of the men from the Mt. Orab area who served in the wars of Korea and Viet Nam and lost their lives in service of their country. David L. Bingamon, Vietnam • Darrell B. Boothby, Korea • Kenneth R. Foreman, Korea • ★ J. . . . Map (db m122528) WM
31 Ohio, Brown County, Mt. Orab — Mt. Orab Viet Nam Veterans Memorial
. . . Map (db m122527) WM
32 Ohio, Brown County, Mt. Orab — Mt. Orab WW I Memorial
In memory of the boys of Green, Pike and Sterling Townships who lost their lives in the World War 1917 – 18 Edgar B. Wardlow · Carroll R. Patton · Glen E. Morgan · Harry R. Snyder · Louis F. Sanders · Henry R. Newberry · Mack E. . . . Map (db m122530) WM
33 Ohio, Brown County, Mt. Orab — Mt. Orab WW II Memorial
In memory of the boys of Green, Pike and Sterling Townships who lost their lives in World War II. Richard Boyd · Harold Pond Karl Bradney · Harold Pursley Charles L. Colthar · Paul Ridings Orene L. Cornelius · Wm. Josiah Robbins . . . Map (db m122531) WM
34 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — Battery F Ripley / Ripley Cannon
Battery F, 1st Ohio Light Artillery, was organized in Ripley by Major Daniel T. Cockerill. It was heavily engaged at the Battle of Stone River, Tennessee, January 1, 1863. Aiding in the repulse of repeated attacks “with great slaughter,” Major . . . Map (db m135379) HM
35 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — 7-8 — Camp Ripley / Camp Ammen1861–1864
With news of hostilities at Fort Sumter in South Carolina, Ripley men formed one of Ohio’s first military units and established Camp Ripley on what was the 12-acre Ripley Fairgrounds. Chosen as Captain was West Point graduate Jacob Ammen. His unit . . . Map (db m135348) HM
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36 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — 12-8 — Charles Young in Ripley / Colonel Young's Achievements
Charles Young in RipleyUpon his death in 1922, Colonel Charles Young was the highest ranking African American officer in the United States Army. Born into slavery in Kentucky in 1864, Young moved to Ripley with his parents Gabriel and . . . Map (db m180613) HM
37 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — Doctor BeasleyAnti-Slavery Sympathizer and Advocate
This tablet marks the site of the residence of Doctor Beasley, anti-slavery sympathizer and advocate. In a night encounter at the ferry landing, both a master and a slave were severely wounded. The slave escaped but lay in the barn of Theodore . . . Map (db m135540) HM
38 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — Eliza’s Tale
In the winter of 1838 a slave woman and her baby began their journey to freedom. To avoid capture in Kentucky she crossed the ice floes in the Ohio River to the safety of the Ripley Shore. The story of Eliza in Uncle Tom’s Cabin was based on . . . Map (db m135537) HM
39 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — First Home of Rev. John Rankin
This three-family dwelling was the first permanent home of famed Underground Railroad Conductor Rev. John Rankin. Rev. Rankin, wife Jean, and their young family settled in Ripley, Ohio, in 1822 when he accepted the call to become the minister of . . . Map (db m135533) HM
40 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — John P. ParkerAbolitionist & Underground Railroad Conductor — John P. Parker Memorial Park —
John Parker came to Ripley in 1847 and networked with other established conductors on Ripley’s Underground Railroad: Rev. John Rankin; Thomas, Eli & Theodore Collins, & Rev. James Gilliland. Before and during the Civil War, John Parker led a . . . Map (db m135454) HM
41 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — John P. ParkerIron Moulder & Industrialist — John P. Parker Memorial Park —
Parker and Hood Foundry was owned by John P. Parker and William Hood. They manufactured many farm and household items. They produced 3 sizes of sugar mills. The sugar mills crushed sugar cane or sorghum. The juice extracted could be made into . . . Map (db m135471) HM
42 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — John P. Parker Memorial Park
John P. Parker (1827–1900). Born into slavery. Bought his freedom at the age of 18. Underground Railroad Conductor. He helped hundreds of freedom seekers. Mentor to Colonel Charles Young. There is quiet symbolism built into this 1 . . . Map (db m135477) HM
43 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — John P. Parker’s Early LifeJohn P. Parker Memorial Park
• Born into slavery 1827 • First sold at age 8 • Forced to march from Norfolk Virginia to Mobile Alabama • Bought by a doctor • The doctor’s sons taught him to read and write • Learned the trade of iron moulding • Bought his freedom at . . . Map (db m135475) HM
44 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — John Parker’s PathJohn P. Parker Memorial Park
“I knew him (John Parker) as a boy, as the man who was afraid to walk on the sidewalk. Winter and summer, rain or shine, he invariably walked in the middle of the street. He did so because Ripley was an old town with many narrow alleys, out of . . . Map (db m135452) HM
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45 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — Liberty MonumentThe Men Who Wrought For Liberty and The Men Who Fought For Liberty
(west-facing tablet) The men who wrought for Liberty were the forerunners of the Abolition Movement culminating in the Civil War. • They were the intermediaries between the anti-slavery men of the American Revolution and the anti-slavery . . . Map (db m135396) HM
46 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — Mr. Thomas KirkerWith Whom General U. S. Grant Boarded
In 1838 Mr. Thomas Kirker resided in this house, with whom General U. S. Grant boarded, while attending the Whittmore private school, his parents living in Georgetown.Map (db m135536) HM
47 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — Rankin House
Home of Reverend John Rankin, Underground Railroad Station 1828-1863 A State Memorial of the Ohio Historical SocietyMap (db m70904) HM WM
48 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — Rear Admiral Joseph Fyffe
This tablet is erected to Rear Admiral Joseph Fyffe. On Jan. 25th, 1865, as commander of a wooden gun boat The Hunchback, he attacked alone two Confederate Iron Clads which retreated up the James. Admiral Fyffe always held that day in . . . Map (db m135479) HM
49 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — 4-8 — Ripley / The John P. Parker House
Ripley was incorporated as the village of Staunton in 1812. Its name was changed in 1816 to honor General Eleazer Wheelock Ripley, a hero of the War of 1812. In the years before railroads. Ripley was principal Ohio River shipping center. Also . . . Map (db m135431) HM
50 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — 8-8 — Ripley and the Ohio River
A part of the Virginia Military District, Ripley was founded in 1812 by Colonel James Poage, a veteran of the Revolutionary War. Originally named Staunton, after Poage’s home town in Virginia, the village comprised 1,000 acres along the Ohio river. . . . Map (db m135427) HM
51 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — Site of the Home of Senator Alexander Campbell
This tablet marks the site of the home of Senator Alexander, doctor, merchant, and early anti-slavery leader. A Virginian by birth, he moved to Ohio in 1803, freeing his slaves. U.S. Senator from 1809 to 1813. At the burning of the Capitol by the . . . Map (db m135720) HM
52 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — The John P. Parker FamilyJohn Percival (1827–1900) & Miranda (Boulden) Parker (1831–1920) — John P. Parker Memorial Park —
John and Miranda had seven children. 1. John P. Parker, Jr. (1849–1871), Oberlin College. Died while in college. 2. Hale Giddings Parker (1851–1925), Oberlin College and Law School. Was Superintendent & Lawyer. 3. Cassius Clay . . . Map (db m135474) HM
53 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — The Residence of General Granville Moody“The Fighting Parson”
This tablet marks the residence of General Granville Moody, ‘The Fighting Parson,’ preacher and soldier. At the laying of the cornerstone of the Methodist Church, like Elijah of old, he prayed that an impending storm be stayed, and the clouds hung . . . Map (db m135503) HM
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54 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — 9-8 — The Squirrel Hunters
The American Civil War was in its second year, and Confederate forces were advancing in the east and in the west. Confederates led by General Edward Kirby Smith had defeated a Union Force at Richmond, Kentucky on August 30, 1862. Word was received . . . Map (db m135372) HM
55 Ohio, Brown County, Russellville — B — Logan's Crossing 1796 Directional MarkerOhio Revolutionary Memorial Trail
Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail $50 Fine or 10 days imprison- ment or both for defacing this marker Ohio State General Code Section 12489Map (db m137356) HM
56 Ohio, Brown County, Russellville — Russell ShawPioneer and Patriot
. . . Map (db m122128) HM
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Jun. 6, 2023