The city of Hamilton is the county seat for Butler County and has 63,000 residents. It was founded in 1791 as Fort Hamilton (in honor of Alexander Hamilton). By the 1800s, the fort was gone and the area’s focus was on agriculture and trade. By the 1850s, Hamilton was a manufacturing city. It’s county courthouse (built in the late 1800s) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places due to its monument-style architecture. One finds three historic districts in Hamilton which boasts homes from the turn of the 19th century. In 1986, the city changed its name to “Hamilton!” The city has been honored several awards includes a Silver Excellence in Economic Development.
One person renovated three row houses in the downtown area, and a whole new trend began. Restoration fever has come to Hamilton and there is a resurgence of community involvement. Even the local government has joined the movement, by adding brick sidewalks and street lights that look like old-fashioned gas lamps. Those with an enterprising spirit will find a splendid variety of architectural designs in this city with a small- town feeling. There are fine old row houses and grand mansions in the historic district; a combination of small houses and mansions in an area called German Village; and some neighborhoods have grand old homes on streets that are divided by a tree-lined median. With big city amenities and small-town charm, Hamilton continues to retain the character of the city’s past while sharpening its focus on a bright future. Reflecting the community’s commitment to the arts is the array of sculptures decorating the downtown. Designated as “The City of Sculpture” Hamilton is home to a brilliant inventory of art and sculpture. The Fitton Center for Creative Arts features many exhibits and arts classes.
The City of Hamilton is ideally situated for easy access to a network of interstate highways - I-275, I-75, I-71 and U.S. 127. Highway 129 is a direct link to Hamilton from I-75. Ohio Routes 4, 128, 129 and 177 are also in close proximity. Hamilton has an efficient rail and truck service. City operated bus lines provide intracity service as well as routes to surrounding metropolitan areas--Cincinnati, Dayton and Middletown. The City of Hamilton has its own all-weather airport with air taxi to and from Cincinnati and Dayton municipal airports.
Fort Hamilton Hospital, TriHealth Bethesda Butler Hospital and Mercy Health - Fairfield (the only hospital in Butler County to offer open heart surgery) serve Hamilton’s residents. Children’s Hospital Liberty Campus is located in Liberty Township. The city is served by the Butler County Health Department. The fire department provides emergency ambulance service. Private ambulance service is also available.
The principal shopping areas of Hamilton include: downtown, the west side and Lindenwald. The primary shopping centers are Hamilton Plaza, Town and Country, Twinbrook Hills and Hamilton West. Bridgewater Falls, Cincinnati Mills, Tri-County Shopping Center and Northgate Mall are within 30-minutes driving time.
There are five Butler County parks within 15 miles of Hamilton offering picnic and play facilities comprising 1,100 plus acres supervised by the park department. The City of Hamilton has four outdoor and one indoor swimming pool, one private swim and tennis club. There are two municipal 18-hole golf courses (Twin Run Golf Course and Potters Golf Course). The city has 31 tennis courts, indoor-outdoor tennis club, and an outdoor sports arena. There are many supervised city playgrounds. Boating and water skiing are available on the Great Miami River. Sixteen miles northwest of Hamilton lies Hueston Woods State Park, with 600-acre Acton Lake, offering complete recreation, camping facilities, lodge and cabins. The Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park offers a unique outdoor display of 30 pieces of sculpture in a natural setting. Recreational sports include Little League, Youth Football, Soccer, and Softball. The RiversEdge Amphitheater is located on the riverfront between downtown and the German Village Historic District. The development includes a park, trail and the amphitheater and is a popular place for summer concerts. The Booker T. Washington Community Center has 13 acres of parkland with a baseball field, basketball court, tennis, playground and shelter house. Inside the center, residents enjoy using the meeting rooms, game room, gym and indoor swimming pool. Those who enjoy music can listen to the Hamilton Fairfield Symphony Orchestra.