Near Clarksville, in Ogden, was the boyhood home of Eli Harvey, internationally known artist and sculptor. Specializing in the sculpture of animals, Harvey's credits include Brown University's mascot, "Brown Bear," the “J.C. Penney bull” for mail order merchant James C. Penney, and decorations for the lion house at the New York Zoological Park.
The village of Clarksville sits in west-central Clinton County straddling the Warren County line. Just seven miles from the county seat of Wilmington, the village enjoys the beautiful land along Todd’s Ford Creek. Many of the area’s early residents were members of the Society of Friends (Quakers). They played an important role in the Underground Railroad helping runaway slaves find freedom. An important Quaker cemetery is located just outside the village. Because of its easy reach to Interstate 71, the area is experiencing a small housing boom with homes range from mini-farms to handsome executive homes springing up. Not only is this a great place to raise and ride horses as so many homeowners do, it’s also the home of Wild Rose Llamas ranch.
40 miles from Cincinnati, Clarksville is minutes outside Lebanon Ohio. Ohio Routes 132, and 133 and 350 provide the primary access through the village.
The Clarksville Village Fire Department serves the emergency needs of the village. Just 11 miles away in Wilmington is Clinton Memorial Hospital; Greene Memorial Hospital is 20 minutes away in Xenia.
Sutton’s Market and Deli provides the quick shopping needs of the village, but a more extensive shopping life requires a jump in the car to head to either Wilmington or Lebanon.
Clarksville is home to the Camp Joy Outdoor Recreation Center. Gulley Park and Trails on Middleboro Drive is a new park under construction, scheduled to be complete by 2007. Bikers in Clarksville and surrounding areas hit the Luther Warren Peace Path that winds through the village and east through the rest of the county. Nearby Cowan Lake State Park offers a peaceful setting replete with scenic inlets laden with the American Lotus water lily. Swimming, fishing, sailing and canoeing are popular on the lake and draw recreation lovers from the entire county.