Traveling east on the Ohio River Byway you’ll discover old Ohio. The little towns dotted along the river have been victims to the river, a changing economy, and a changing workforce. However, if you want a safe, quiet place to live, don’t mind a commute, or telecommute or work from home, these villages might be the perfect. Join me on journey up the river.
The first village, 20 miles from Cincinnati, is New Richmond. This town has a reputation as a renaissance village and boasts a population of 2,219. New Richmond was settled in 1778. The town was staunchly abolitionist and you can visit Underground Railroad stations. The median home list price is $149,900.
New Richmond Exempted School District runs local schools, including three elementary schools, and one middle and one high school. For more information, please follow this link.
Make sure to stop by New Richmond in August for the annual Cardboard Boat Regatta. It is an unforgettable experience!
This tiny unincorporated town is best known as President Ulysses Grant’s birthplace. His birth cabin has been restored.
Just upriver from the Zimmer Power Station is Moscow, 25 miles from Cincinnati. Unfortunately, the town was very hard hit by a tornado a few years ago. It has struggled to recover and the population has fallen to 170 people. However, that means housing is very affordable. The median listing price is $115,000.
The Village of Moscow Community Center started life as a school. It was renovated in 2011. It now is home to a gymnasium/theater, kitchen, community meeting rooms, and fitness area. If you need office space, the community center has several offices for lease.
Children attend with New Richmond schools or the Felicity-Franklin Local School District. For more information on Felicity-Franklin, please follow this link.
Roughly 30 miles from Cincinnati, this little town is home to 60 people. The Ohio River Valley Flood of 1997 took a huge toll on the town. FEMA purchased many of the town’s flood-prone lots. Children attend the Felicity-Franklin Local School District.
Our next town is Chilo. Ninety-seven people live in Chilo and it is home to the Chilo Lock 34 Museum. The museum includes three floors of Ohio River exhibits and interactive displays. There is a 1.5-acre wetland, picnic shelters, and a steamboat themed playground. Another historic site in Chilo is the grave of Diana Whitney. She died of cholera in 1823 as she and her family were traveling west by wagon train.
This little village has an interesting history. Founded in 1844 as a Utopian society, it failed miserably after only three years. Utopia hung on and now has lovely older homes on very large lots.
For more information on Higginsport, please follow this link.
Ripley is 50 miles from Cincinnati. It is brimming with history and is visitor friendly. The village boasts a 55-acre National Historic District. In the 1800s, the area was active in the Underground Railroad and the Rev. John Rankin Home is one of the best documented, most active stations in Ohio. You can also visit the John P Parker House. This building was home to an African American inventor and active Underground Railroad Conductor.
Recreationally, Ripley is home to boat ramps, campgrounds, wineries, and arts and crafts shops.
Ripley homes have a median listing price of $104,900. Students attend Ripley Union Lewis Huntington School District schools. For more information on this district, please follow this link.
Huntington Park and Aberdeen
The last two towns are Huntington Park and Aberdeen. They are contiguous and roughly 65 miles from Cincinnatti. It is home to two bridges that allow vehicles to cross into Kentucky at Maysville. As one of the few towns in the area of any size, it offers shopping and restaurants. Homes in the area have a median listing price of $119,900. Students attend Ripley Union Lewis Huntington School District schools.
If you’d like to live upriver, give me a call. I’d be happy to show you around the area.
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