• 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

    Nestled amongst the trees on top of a hill overlooking Milford, Promont is an ideal location for weddings, bridal showers, afternoon teas, corporate meetings, and more. Promont’s Italianate architecture acts as a beautiful backdrop, adding a touch of old-world elegance to any event. Inside, the vaulted ceilings and intricate woodwork create an intimate ambiance for More Info

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  • Gift Shop

    Shop our unique Gift Shop!

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The Leonard L. Harding, Jr. Library, located within Promont and administered by GMAHS, is a great starting point for Milford area historical research. The Library is available by appointment by calling 513/248-0324; or, you may email the GMAHS Librarian at library@milfordhistory.net to schedule a visit.


GMAHS offers assisted-research services conducted by knowledgeable volunteers. This service includes up to two hours of research and a written report of results.

To quickly check to see if your research request is feasible, you may send an email to library@milfordhistory.net to the Librarian with your inquiry. If we think your request is possible (or not), we will let you know within 7-10 business days. If it’s practical to proceed, then you must formally initiate the using the GMAHS Research Request Form.

Fees and Expectations

  • The fee to initiate a formal request is $20 per ancestor/topic.
  • The $20 initiation fee includes up to two hours of research and a brief summary of results.
  • If the GMAHS Librarian feels additional time is required to satisfy the inquiry, the GMAHS Administrator will contact you with a quote prior to proceeding.

Getting Started

  • You can access the GMAHS Research Request Form online [Download not found]. Or, you can request a paper copy of the form by email to library@milfordhistory.net.
  • This form should be completed with as much pertinent information as possible on the individual and/or topic of interest. Feel free to attach additional documentation, as appropriate.
  • Mail your form, along with a check payable to Library/GMAHS for $20, and mail it to:

Library, GMAHS, 906 Main Street, Milford, OH 45150


If you have questions about the research process, please contact the GMAHS Librarian at library@milfordhistory.net. Please note that we cannot accept research requests, or questions, by phone.

Note:  The Greater Milford Area Historical Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and charitable contributions are welcome. We are also currently accepting documented family histories to add to our collection.