Wilmington College, located just minutes from downtown, was founded in 1870 by the Society of Friends (Quakers). The college, well known for its liberal arts studies, also features the Quaker Heritage Center Museum. The college also houses the largest depository of materials outside of Japan relating to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima/Nagasaki.
The “Heart of Clinton County”, Wilmington has a population of more than 12,400 and acts as the region’s civic, cultural and entertainment destination. Rate one of America’s “100 Best Small Towns”, it’s easy to see why Wilmington also carries the nickname – “The Most Livable Neighborhood” from a 1995 Cincinnati Magazine competition. The magazine declared Wilmington the best for its friendliness, education, shopping and many more attributes. It’s home as well to the regional office of the National Weather Service that oversees forecasts for Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Because of the classical designs of its downtown, parts of the movie ”Lost in Yonkers” was shot here in 1992. Both newly built housing and turn of the century homes abound in Wilmington.
Situated at the center of Clinton County, Wilmington sits at the crossroads of St. Rts. 68 and 22, and Ohio Rts. 73,134 and 730 making it easy to reach from just about anywhere in the county. About an hour drive from Cincinnati along I71, Wilmington sits 15 minutes off the interstate.
Wilmington Fire Department provides fire and EMS coverage for the city and surrounding areas. The county-owned Clinton Memorial Hospital offers a full range of medical services, including emergency, cardiology, acute care, oncology, women's and children's services, sub-acute care, rehabilitation services, surgical services, corporate health, home care and even a sleep lab. Long-term care facilities, community mental health services and public health services in the area serve the county as well.
Wilmington is the shopping Mecca of the county offering four shopping centers equipped with numerous grocery, retail and specialty stores, in addition to those located downtown. Shops at the Mill feature numerous antique dealers under one roof, perfect for those on the lookout for crafts and collectibles.
Numerous events take place throughout the year here, including a Brown Bag Lunch series at the Murphy Theatre, Quaker Heritage Days, and Christmas in Downtown Wilmington. When not enjoying the numerous activities in Wilmington’s busy social scene, residents can enjoy golf at one of the many nearby courses. Outdoor enthusiasts have a lot of choices from the city’s numerous horse competitions to hiking and biking. Wilmington’s section of the county’s 29 miles of bike/hike trails is officially named "The Luther E. Warren Peace Path". Nearby state parks Caesars Creek, and Cowan Lake lure boaters and fisherman alike. CherryBend Pheasant Farm, just outside Wilmington is the premier pheasant hunting preserve in southwest Ohio. Add in some regional festivals such as the Clinton County Fair held annually each July, the Banana Split Festival each June, and the Corn Festival every September and you’ll see why so many have chosen to call Wilmington home.