1819 – Hillsboro, OH

Added to OHD on 9/8/16 - Last OHD Update: 4/22/18 - 23 Comments
  • 8 Beds
  • 5 Bath
  • 5062 Sq Ft
  • 1.25 Ac.
Value is in the rich history OR land! This is a rare 5000+ sq ft historical home originally built by Ohio's 8th governor and later home of Mother Thompson (see signs as entering town). OR put 6 to 8 residential lots on the land (1.25 ac), it sits on a block that borders streets all the way around. Its demo ready or let the Amish pay you to remove.
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Andrew Swartz, OwnerLand Realty      (513) 889-3304
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23 Comments on 1819 – Hillsboro, OH

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  1. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10343 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks AJ Baker for sharing.

  2. Avatartc says: 320 comments

    Ah, the stories that building could tell about Mother Thompson and the Temperance Union. Shame if it is torn down.

  3. AvatarBethany says: 2661 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Escondido, CA

    Are you loving this place as much as I am? Oh please please please don’t let it be torn down. How totally discouraging if it is.

  4. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4715 comments

    Hillsboro is a neat old town in south-central Ohio. There’s about a dozen Hillsboro photos in this collection from a couple of years ago: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/albums/72157648388582029
    A bargain brick Italianate that has since sold (wondering how its coming along?) was for sale in Hillsboro and a former neighbor who came along with us on our road trip wanted to see that house in person. (ultimately deciding it was too much of a project house for him but acknowledging its potential) A house of this age would be one of the oldest (if not THE oldest) in Hillsboro. This Federal era house has a vague “French” look to it but difficult to determine what is original to the house and what might have been added later. Hillsboro is an interesting town and the people I met there were friendly. They need more preservation minded people to help preserve their historical resources. Several period homes and buildings in this smaller town of about 6,500 are quite impressive. Cincinnati is between 58 and 74 miles away depending on the route taken.

    • JullesJulles says: 532 comments

      John, those photos are fantastic! Those homes are just wow. I wish there was a website where people could post the cool old houses that they see. They could be categorized by area and style and state of repair. I think with all your photos you could have a huge library already. I just think it would be great that before you went somewhere you could check out where the cool old houses are so you don’t miss them. My husband and I are always finding neat old houses on our adventures but we have no one to share them with.

      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4715 comments

        Glad you got a chance to view them, Julles. I actually do plan the occasional road trip based on the likelihood of finding old houses in a given location. That has taken me to some off-the-beaten-path places like Bradford, PA, Grenada, MS, Jerome, AZ, Baker City, OR, Ferndale, CA, and much of the Midwest. I have hundreds more photos to upload whenever I can find the time. According to Flickr and their stats, my modest collection has had over 1.3 million views since 2007 but to keep things in perspective, a video clip of a pooch climbing a ladder (“gone viral”) might have that many views in a 12 hour period. I plan to continue photographing old houses; someone else will have to make the ladder climbing pooch videos. Thanks for the kind words. Flickr accounts are free-you and your husband should start one-if the subject matter is old houses, you have a ready audience right here.

      • AvatarDebbie says: 1 comments

        If you start your own website, I would love to view your pictures. My husband and I are in the same boat. We love the old houses, take plenty of pictures, but no one to share them with (at least ones that appreciate like we do).

      • AvatarGoddessOdd says: 346 comments

        While no other site has the variety that this site has, and certainly not the expertise that this site has (thanks John, I have learned a lot from you) you can check Historicproperties.com and search by style, price, region and state of repair. Also, any realtor site (links above… Zillow, etc) allow you to set filters for any region, any price, any size, any lot size, any age… all you have to do is plug in an area you’d like to visit, set the filters and search. I have been looking for a very particular retirement property and I use all the sites to search… it’s how I found this site. It’s true that the other sites sometimes have a lot of duds to weed out, but usually, in a statewide search, I might come up with as few as 1 or 2 up to about 20-30 houses that were built between 1750-1890, in my price range.

  5. Avatarsusan brittain says: 15 comments

    Gosh, this house could be a lot of fun for the right person/people, and could really be a beauty

  6. Avatarandrea megan says: 7 comments

    Hillsboro is a quaint scenic town and not so far from Cincinnati. I really hope this is saved.

  7. AvatarMatt says: 9 comments

    I wish they would explain why the Amish would pay you to tear it down?

    • Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10343 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I read that backwards when I was posting it, I thought it said you pay the Amish to tear it down. Hmmm. Maybe they reuse the materials?

      • AvatarCandi says: 30 comments

        They do. Sometimes they even rebuild exactly what they tore, basically just moving the building. Our last house we had a number of Amish wanting to pay us to tear down our Silo. We of course did not want to part with it. Sad thing is the new owner went ahead and tore it down, at least the Amish would have used it.

        I will be down by Hillsboro this weekend, may have to swing by and take a peak at this one. Would love to see the inside.

        • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4715 comments

          In areas with larger Amish/Mennonite communities, folks restoring old houses often hire Amish tradesmen because they are well versed in old construction techniques and finishes. Their brick and stonework skills are also renowned. Best of all, because of their strong religious beliefs, they will try to be fair in all their dealings with “English” people. (their name for non-Amish) More information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amish

  8. AvatarKim Musgrove says: 61 comments

    I wish we had pictures of the inside. I’d like to see how much is still original.

  9. AvatarGoddessOdd says: 346 comments

    I hope someone saves at least the original home, not so attached to the later addition, but it would be a real shame to lose the house as shown in the old photo. I want to see INSIDE! A crime to demolish and sell as eight lots.

  10. AvatarJeannie says: 1 comments

    My husband and I lived in the back apartment (that is now gone) but in the back part of the house the original swing hook was still in the fire place.

  11. NancyNancy says: 201 comments

    Wish there were some interior pictures of this one. My daughter used to live in Hillsboro. It is too far from Cincinnati for jobs. Cute little town though.

  12. KentKent says: 18 comments

    This property has had a tough road here in town for the past several years. Previous owner(s) fully intended to restore it; however, cost estimates were such that no one had the deep pockets necessary to do it correctly. It is beloved here in town, but no one has yet broached an idea of how to preserve it.

  13. AvatarKimN says: 45 comments

    Hoping someone saves this sweet home and gives it the love it so deserves.

  14. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4715 comments

    Another house here with historical significance to add to the “Demolished” list. I’m wondering if the owner who wished to rebuild a new home within the walls of the old house had a contractor with experience in rehabbing old houses of this kind? Sometimes combining a local remodeling contractor with a badly deteriorated old house is a recipe for disaster. A structural engineer familiar with rehabbing historic structures should have been among those involved with the project. Very few structures are truly beyond saving but of course here its already a moot point. As an example, the brick Steele Mansion in Painesville, OH had entire floors collapsed into the basement but against all odds was saved and is now a beautiful boutique hotel with its period interior preserved. We can only hope that this old structure was well documented before demolition and that anything salvageable is set aside and preserved.


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