Terrace Park’s Landmarks: Railroad Station

Terrace Park, as you may have learned before in my recent posts, is not just a small suburban community on the outskirts of Cincinnati. Oh no, it is much more than that. It has a rich history that has been passed down from generation to generation. Within this history are tales, tales of the many buildings and landmarks that make up Terrace Park, Ohio.

The Railroad Station of Terrace Park is an old but very historic place. Although this exact railway station is not still standing, the place where it was is still perfectly intact. It’s also a lot closer to home than I ever knew before.

About 3 weeks ago, as we were sitting around the dinner table discussing any topic that popped into someone’s head, my aunt brought up something that I had never heard before. It was that Terrace Park used to have a railroad station that ran through it to bring goods and people into Ohio. Not only did it exist, she told us, but her house where she resides today was the old railroad station back in the day.

The fact that I had never heard anything about this before truly baffled me because this is the kind of stuff I like to know.

My aunt’s house, located just down the hill from St. Thomas Church, was the perfect place for this station to be placed. It’s surrounded by woods, a river, and is right along the area of what is now Wooster Pike. I’ll never look at that little house the same again.

Now there’s a fun fact for you.

The Terrace Park Historical Society

The Terrace Park Historical Society, founded on September 14, 2001, is an important part of the village as a whole. This society’s main goal is to educate both children and adults on the subjects of the history and preservation of Terrace Park. All in efforts to help people, in and around the village, understand and appreciate the rich history of the area.

But how did this group come to be?home-tours-2012

On the night of November 15, 2001, in the St. Thomas Church, the first meeting of what is now known as the Terrace Park Historical Society took place. This gathering consisted of the forty-eight founders, eager to make a big difference in their little community. The original Board of Trustees that was established that night was as follows: Carol Cole, president; Betsy Holloway, vice president; Kay Pope, secretary; Bill Holloway, treasurer.

The Society has many archives consisting of documents and artifacts prevalent to the village itself. These documents are important to keeping the history of Terrace Park in one place as well as making it easy to relay this information to the many members of this historical group. Not only does the Historical Society save its own history, but it also encourages everyone around the community to write and share their own memories of the village. Whether it’s memories of adults or children, the Society continues to gather diverse perspectives of the town that encompasses them all.

The Historical Society is made up of approximately 250 people, but that number continues to grow as it has over the past 11 years. It is a non profit organization that receives many generous donations from its members. This society publishes a quarterly newspaper, as well as hosting four meeting every year.

They are not only about keeping important documents that relate to the village, but they also want to preserve all of the historic buildings around the neighborhood. These historic buildings, some of which date back to the early 19th century, are extremely important to the society. So because of this rich history, the Historical Society has set up laws, along with Cincinnati, that disallow the destruction of these village landmarks.

The Terrace Park Historical Society continues to achieve its goal every day, and no matter what, always keeps the deep history of the village safe.

What is Terrace Park

Terrace Park is a small suburban village located in Hamilton County, OH. According to the 2010 census, Terrace Park’s population totaled 2,251 people. Of these 2,251 people, there are 615 families and a total of 758 households.

The village takes up a total of 1.22 square miles, 1.17 square miles of which is land. Terrace Park Elementary, the town’s K-6 elementary school, feeds into the Mariemont City School District.

But this place is more than just a village, it is a community brought together by every individual looking out for his or her neighbor. It is about keeping each other, as well as the community, safe.

Not many other places can say this about their town. So how did this loving and caring community come to be?

In the month of January 1789, Abraham Covalt established Covalt Station in the area now known as Terrace Park, OH. Covalt Station was a small fortified settlement that was surrounded by various Shawnee settlements, and the Shawnee were very hostile to the white settlers who were claiming their land.

Finally in 1792, they ran the white settlers out of Covalt Station due to the continuous attacks by the Shawnee on the fort. It wasn’t until after General “Mad Anthony” Wayne defeated the Shawnee and a treaty was made that the white settlers were able to return to the area.

Upon their return to Southwest Ohio, which was now part of the United States, the settlers became subsistence farmers, raising both cattle and chickens in order to feed the family.

As time went on, and more roads and railroads were established, Terrace Park began to expand due to its new found easy access routes. The community then began to slowly move away from an agriculture based economy into a more industrialized way of life. As the Native Americans became a distant memory, so did farming.

Finally, after the evolution of this former “Covalt Station”, Terrace Park is what it is today.