At one time Manchester was one of the important steamboat and showboat landings between Portsmouth and Cincinnati. Manchester’s button and furniture factories, potteries, and steel and saw mills used the Ohio River shipping channel to transport their goods to the early Ohio River settlements.
The Ohio River, as in the past, continues to direct the pace of life in Manchester. Historically settlers came to Manchester on flatboats. They came ashore, dismantled their boat and used the hardwood planks to build their new homes. In 1790, one of these new settlers, surveyor Nathaniel Massie named the town after his hometown of Manchester, England. It was the fourth permanent settlement in Ohio. Manchester is perhaps best known for its Ohio River Islands, now a National Wildlife Refuge. The glacial melt-waters of the islands provide a refuge for birds, fish and other wildlife. The original three islands have shrunk to two; one island has been reclaimed by the shifting course of the Ohio River
65 miles southeast from downtown Cincinnati, Manchester is along the Ohio River on US Rt. 52 at the intersection of St. Rt. 136. A trip to the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport depending on traffic flow averages 75-90 minutes. Alexander Salamon Airport in nearby West Union provides service for small aircraft.
Adams County Regional Medical Center is transitioning from a small county-owned hospital in nearby West Union, to a larger location near Seaman along Ohio 32. Plans call for the hospital to double in size adding a bigger emergency department, upgraded cancer services, and more operating rooms. The new location is expected to open in November 2006. Hospitals facilities in Cincinnati are 60 minutes away.
Daily needs like groceries and gas can be found here, but a more involved shopping trip will need a hop in the car to nearby West Union.
Ohio hunters, birders, hikers and boaters love this area for its abundant outdoor recreation opportunities. Adams County is rich in natural areas that allow outdoor enthusiasts to try out their favorite pastime. Manchester’s river location lends itself to recreational boating at Kinsfolk Landing dock. A well-maintained park provides recreation for the children. Watching the large tourist paddle wheeler boats traveling the Ohio River provide a summertime reason to picnic along the scenic river’s edge. Nearby Lewis Mountain Herbs hosts an annual herb fair each autumn that draws herbalists from several states.