Famed sculptor Evelyn Batchelder, the first woman sculptor to be accepted into the National Academy of Design, was born in Winchester in 1874. She’s best know for designing the wall panels in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.
Tucked into the gently rolling hills of northwestern Adams County, the village of Winchester was known for its railroad stations, both above and “underground”. Within its not quite three mile town radius, Winchester became a major railroad shipping point between Cincinnati and Portsmouth after the Civil War. About the same time abolitionists moved into the area and assisted runaway slaves. Winchesters first resident physician, Dr. A.C. Lewis, used his stately home to hide slaves. Today it’s a National Historic Registered site. About 1000 residents share the village spirit and its simple charms.
Located 59 miles from Cincinnati Winchester sits at the intersection of St. Rt. 32 (James A. Rhodes Appalachian Highway) and St. Rt. 136. 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 70-80 minutes drive to Northern Kentucky.
Flip a coin to determine which is the closest hospital- Clermont Mercy Hospital to the west, or Adams County Regional Medical Center to the east. Both are about 40 minutes away along Rt. 32. Clermont Mercy is in the midst of an $18 million expansion to be completed by 2008 that will increase its Intensive care beds, and add additional services. Adams County Regional Medical Center is also expanding. It’s 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.
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 or east to Eastgate Mall in Clermont County about 45 minutes away.
Fishermen are often found at the well-stocked Winchester Reservoir just outside of town. Archers get some practice in at the Trail-n-Arrow Archery Center. Food lovers come each August to Winchester to sample delights at the annual Caramel Festival. As with life in other rural areas, Winchester residents find time to pursue their own interests of gardening, hiking and hunting.