Anderson Township Rolls Out September 16th Celebrations for its 225th Anniversary

Anderson Township celebrates its rich 225-year heritage this September with a variety of events set for Sunday, Sept. 16 at several locations in Anderson.

Throughout 2018, to bring awareness to the historic elements of the community in this anniversary year, the township produced a series of educational opportunities for residents to explore their heritage. Projects include dozens of historic banners, YouTube videos, student education and local guides to historic exploration. In upcoming weeks, outdoor legacy interpretive signs will be installed around the community, sharing historic information about a variety of sites.

Residents also have been invited to learn how their forefathers worked, played and spent their days in their early history of the township in a book launched this year by the Anderson Township Historical Society in celebration of the Society’s 50th Anniversary.

With these elements in place, the stage is set for the anniversary celebrations on Sunday, September 16th, which include the following:

Clough Pike History Walk
1-4 p.m.

The day kicks off with the Clough Pike History Walk, a self-guided event hosted from 1-4 p.m. along the Clough Historic Business District between Bartels and Berkshire roads. Four historic sites, including two pioneer homesteads, will be staffed and open for exploration, Stop in businesses along the way and enjoy food trucks and entertainment along Clough Pike.

Memorial Dedication at James Clark Stone House
2 p.m.

A new Ohio Historical Marker will be dedicated at 2 p.m. at the James Clark Stone House, at the corner of Clough Pike and Hunley roads. This is the fourth state historic marker in Anderson Township and the second one along Clough Pike.

The James Clark Stone House, owned by Anderson Township, is one of the oldest stone homes still standing in southern Ohio and was built in about 1801. Although normally not open to the public, it will be available to tour during the Clough Pike History Walk.

Volunteers from the Anderson Township Historical Society, including a descendent of James Clark, will be on hand for discussion about the Clark family and well as introduction to unique features of this remarkable home.

225th Anniversary Celebration at Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road
4-7:30 p.m.

Outdoor entertainment, food, historic displays and kid’s activities are part of the free community event planned at Anderson Center to round out a day of celebration. Special participants or features include:
o Anderson Township blacksmith Jordan Graff of Iron Belle Metal Designs will share his skills and inspiration for working with this historic art form;
o Curator Bob Genheimer from the Cincinnati Museum Center who brings with him artifacts uncovered in digs in Anderson Township;
o Quilters and basket weavers who share their special skills and provide a display;
o The Anderson Township Bicentennial Quilt, which has not been displayed in 20+years;
o Miniature boats on Anderson Lake;
o Original artwork from students at Nagel Middle School;
o A display of historic banners that are hanging throughout the township with background on each photo’s origins;
o A roaring 20’s “selfie station” by period cars;
o A recreated flatboat built by the Anderson Park District.
Follow the latest information about September 16’s events on or on Facebook event pages (see AndersonTownshipOhio on Facebook)