Seaman was the home of Will Rogers, the “Black King of the Air”, the only African American hot air balloonist in the U.S. in the 1890s. He used a balloon to get several hundred feet in the air and would parachute safely back to earth, making him a popular attraction at fairs and holiday events.
Seaman’s a place where time stands still; it’s the kind of town where you’ll still see clothes drying outside on a clothesline and folks wave from the porch as you drive by. Seaman is small town America with the town listed as just about one square mile. About 1000 people live in the neatly tended lots perched on the edges of surrounding farmland. In 1887 Seaman began as a railroad town founded at the junction of the Cincinnati and Eastern Railway and the Old West Union Road. For almost a century Seaman has hosted an annual “Fall Festival” making it one of the oldest festivals in the state.
Located 65 miles outside Cincinnati in northwestern Adams County, Seaman sits at the intersection of St. Rt. 32 (James A. Rhodes Appalachian Highway) and St. Rt. 247. Alexander Salamon Airport in nearby West Union is the closest regional airport. Dayton International Airport is 60 minutes away. The Greater Cincinnati International Airport is a 80-90 minutes drive to Northern Kentucky.
Seaman Volunteer Fire Department cares for the emergency needs of area residents. Nearby Adams County Regional Medical Center is transitioning from a small county-owned hospital in nearby West Union, to a closer, and 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 50 minutes away.
Daily needs like groceries and gas, medicine, farm and garden needs are centrally located and easy to reach. A larger shopping area is about 15 minutes away in West Union; larger shopping malls are about 40 minutes away in Clermont County. Seaman is also home to a unique store-the Singing Coyote Indian Center that highlights the Native American Arts and Crafts of the region.
In town the Seaman Lions Community Park downtown hosts a lot of the town activities centered at the attractive gazebo .As in the rest of Adams County, the outdoor enthusiasts have lots to keep them busy. Nearby the 3500-acre Tranquility Wildlife Area features public areas for hunting, fishing and hiking. The unglaciated hill region is rich in wildlife sightings, including deer, wild turkey, and grouse with the occasional spotting of a bobcats or a bear. Tranquility has a newly renovated shooting range that’s becoming a popular destination for rifle, pistol and shotgun use.