• 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 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 Sunday, March-December (1-4:00 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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  • Teas/Weddings/Events

    PROMONT Teas and Boutique Event Venue Located in beautiful historic Milford, 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 and modern amenities to help create the perfect backdrop for your Victorian tea luncheon, wedding, reception, corporate meeting More Info

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  • Gift Shop

    Shop and browse our unique Victorian Gift Shop, stocked with treasures for all ages and budgets

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GMAHS preserves and makes accessible a varied set of historical collections/displays that include art, furniture, china, books, textiles, antique band instruments, fans, buttons, hats, photographs, historical documents, and many more articles.

The goal of the GMAHS Collection activity is to feature items that have a documented historical connection to Milford or to Promont. In addition, GMAHS may also accept unrelated collection donations if there is an opportunity to sell them as a funding resource for the program.

Collections are displayed within Promont on a rotational basis; used in external exhibits; and, can serve as a source of historical research on specific topics.

Community displays include:

  • Miami Township – a variety of vintage items
  • City of Milford – advertising and household items
  • Promont – vintage fashion accessories

 
Collections of Specific Note
Quilts – quilts from the Gatch-Greeno family donated to GMAHS by Nora Lee Gatch. Two of the quilts also have a connection to the Leaf family, a long established Milford family.

Furniture – currently on loan are several furniture pieces from the Rev. Philip Gatch family. Of particular interest is a secretary bookcase desk, or plantation-style desk, that was made in Clermont County or Cincinnati prior to 1840. Included in the collection are two Limbert arts and crafts chairs, circa 1890-1900 that were used in the Gatch kitchen; two pictures of Mrs. Gatch; an early hickory chair and comb-back Windsor chair that traveled with the family from Virginia.

Donations
GMAHS welcomes inquiries about potential donations. To make an inquiry, email our acquisitions coordinator, Diana Kuhnell, at dimouse@fuse.net. Diana will work with you to determine if your proposed donation meets the goals of the Collections program.

Transferring Materials to GMAHS
Once the Society agrees to accept a donation, an appointment will be set to accept the delivery. GMAHS requests that you sign a ‘deed of gift’ that includes a brief description of the items and an estimated (not official) value of the donation. It is the responsibility of the donor to determine if the donation meets the guidelines for a personal tax deduction. If an official appraisal is desired, the donor will need to make arrangements with an authorized appraiser for review and documentation.