• History

    The first settler to arrive in the Milford area was the Rev. Francis McCormick, a Revolutionary War soldier with a thousand acre land grant, in 1796. He built his log cabin on the hill at the present 1000 Forest Ave. In 1797 he founded the first Methodist Class in the Northwest Territory. The Village of More Info

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  • Promont

    Promont is a Victorian mansion circa 1865 and the former home of John M. Pattison, Ohio’s 43rd Governor. It is currently owned and operated as a museum by the Greater Milford Area Historical Society. The museum features period furnishings, a reference library, changing exhibits, and a gift shop. Docent-led or self-guided tours are available on More Info

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  • Research/Library

    The Leonard L. Harding, Jr. Library serves as a limited access historical library featuring information on Clermont County and the Greater Milford area.

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  • Weddings & Events

    PROMONT Boutique Event Venue Located in beautiful historic Milford, Ohio, Promont was built circa 1865 as a lovely example of Victorian Italianate architecture in its entire splendor.  The mansion is steeped in old world elegance, period furnishings, yet modern amenities to help create the perfect backdrop for your wedding, reception, corporate meeting or special occasion More Info

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  • Gift Shop

    Shop our unique Gift Shop!

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The Greater Milford Area Historical Society

To collect, preserve, interpret, and promote the history of the Milford-Miami Township Area.

Promont, the Victorian house museum of the Greater Milford Area Historical Society

Dear Members, Friends, & Community:

Due to current COVID-19 concerns, and with input from our Board Counsel, we have made the decision to Cancel ALL activities through May 2020.
This includes Sunday tours of Promont, gift shop visits, scheduled events, membership meetings, book club, and cemetery studies.

Please be assured that any scheduled events are entitled to a full refund and/or we will make every effort to reschedule your event as soon as these health concerns are eliminated. Event coordinators will be in contact with clients directly.

We are implementing limited office hours at this time. We discourage anyone from “popping in” to say hi or make inquiries. Please email or call. You can find email addresses and the phone number at the end of this message. If no one answers, please leave a message.

You can still drive through and grab a book (or leave a book) from our Little Free Library if you are able to safely do so by wiping down books with a sanitizer wipe or paper towel and spray. Our focus is to provide historical fiction and nonfiction books and we appreciate anyone who can share the same with the community. Please be kind & safe and wipe down any books you may leave or take. (We would leave wipes in with the books, but they are hard to come by right now.)

The grounds of Promont are quiet and secluded, and are open to sit outdoors and have a picnic lunch, read, or take a walk (especially helpful for the kids!). We all need some fresh air during this extraordinary time in history. We only ask that you stay safe & respectful of the property and each other and limit your group size and distance from others.

MAKER’S MARKET ON MAIN: Scheduled for May 9th. This event is coordinated in partnership with the City of Milford and is held outdoors at the Milford Main Park space near Five Points. This event has been CANCELED. We plan to be back in May 2021.

ART AFFAIRE: this outdoor fine art and fine craft show, GMAHS’s primary annual fundraiser, is scheduled for September 26th and is Not Affected at this time. Please APPLY for Art Affaire by scrolling down and clicking on the “2020 Call for Entries”.

Please stay advised on precautions and any new developments.We will post future updates here under this same graphic/headline and on our Facebook page. If you have questions on GMAHS activities, please call Donna at 513-248-0324 or damann@milfordhistory.net. For Promont Events, you may reach Kim at 859-409-3504 or info@promontevents.com.

Thank You for understanding the need to protect our valuable volunteers, staff, and visitors from any possible exposure. Take care, friends!


Visit Our Newly Remodeled Gift Shop!

Immerse yourself in the late 1800s when Governor & Mrs. Pattison, and their young children, lived, played, and worked at Victorian Promont, then watch Milford transform from a small mill & ford Village to a big, little City as you step along Milford’s timeline of displays spanning three levels of the spiraling, tower staircase!

House Tours are offered on Sundays from 1-4 pm. Admission is $5 per adult and $1 for children age 12 and under. We offer both docent-led and self-guided tour options. Personal photography is allowed, to document your visit. Tours conclude in our beautiful, newly renovated gift shop where you will find local history books and related items, as well as an expanded inventory of unique gifts, decor, accessories, tea and tea service items, jewelry, and more! *No admission required to shop the gift shop*

GMAHS BUSINESS HOURS are Wednesday – Friday 9am – 4pm

info@milfordhistory.net or 513/248-0324

You may schedule a private tour for small groups by calling 513/248-0324 or via Email.


Membership Matters

*Next Member Meeting anticipated to be: June 4th at 6:30 pm. Speaker/presenter to be announced.

Check out the Events Page for all the details of what’s going on with GMAHS!   Member Meeting Location: Sibcy Cline offices at Mulberry Square, 1077 St. Rt. 28, Suite #111 *All are welcome to join us at meetings anytime.*


Upcoming Events


Click Here for the Art Affaire Application Page!
CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO APPLY FOR THE 15TH ANNUAL ART AFFAIRE!

GMAHS and the City of Milford have determined to CANCEL Maker’s Market for 2020, due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Refunds are being processed for all who have reserved their booth space thus far.

We anticipate being back in May 2021 and hope you will re-join us then, as well, and help us bring back Milford’s Spring Craft Show!

We have many events coming up this year and we would love for you to join us! From Brown Bag History Lunches to Book Club to Studying Cemeteries to a Premier Fine Art Fair, we have something for everyone!

Check out all of our upcoming events by clicking the button below!


Go Fund Me for Promont

We have discovered some serious water damage at our beloved Promont. The most urgent repairs are needed on the balconettes on the tower, as well as the plaster and moldings of the master bedroom, and the ceiling and walls of a third-floor servant’s quarter. Please consider visiting our Go Fund Me for more details and to assist us with these repairs, which require custom preservation work in some areas.

We have received donations of $5 to $500 and we could not be more grateful for the support our community is offering 154 yr. old Promont! Every dollar counts in this campaign and we appreciate your support! Please click the button below to add your contribution. Thank You!


Create Your Own History at Promont!

c2019 Forever Faith Photography

Rent Promont for Your Special Event! (Yes, we ARE booking summer, fall, and winter 2020 dates!)

Promont offers a unique, intimate, and personal experience when you book your wedding, shower, party, meeting, picnic, or any other event with us. For more information visit the Promont Events website, Facebook page, or contact our Certified Events Coordinator, Kim Phipps at 859/409-3504 via call or text. *Photo Credit to Forever Faith Photography


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Private event notice. Promont is often booked for private events and these engagements can overlap with regular open hours. Please check this website or the GMAHS Facebook page for closure notices. Or, call 513/248-0324 (Wednesday-Friday).


GMAHS received a matching grant from the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) to enable the expansion of its Art Affaire’s community cultural program. The OAC helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.


GMAHS is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization