Clifton Ohio History
Clifton Ohio was platted in 1840 and named for the nearby cliffs on the Little Miami River. As early as 1827, the area was referred to as Patterson's Mills. A post office called Clifton has been in operation since 1832. Clifton’s early growth was tied to industrialists harnessing the power of the Little Miami River.
One of Clifton’s earliest millers was Col. Robert Patterson. History records him as operating a wool mill in Clifton and supplying the American Army with his product during the War of 1812. This website carries a monument dedicated to his memory. He later moved on to South Dayton and bought acreage in what has become Oakwood, Ohio. My website also features a sculpture to his grandson, Jamies H. Patterson, the founder of NCR. The village of Clifton also shares Davis Mill was established in 1812 on grounds that today hold the Historic Clifton Mill.
Clifton Oho Landmarks
- Clifton Mill: One of the largest powered Grist mills in existence and a significant Clifton Ohio landmark.
- The Great Christmas Light Fight: At Christmas, the mill owners decorate the mill in Christmas Lights and in 2019, won ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight” in the show’s sixth season making it a favorite point of interest.
- Clifton Opera House: Built in 1893, it was designed by Springfield architect Charles Cregar.
- Clifton Gorge: I’ve captured so many images of the geologic wonder, that I’ve created a separate webpage (see below).
Clifton Ohio Fine Art Prints
Art consultants and art buyers are always seeking classic images of historic Ohio. These art prints capture the nostalgia of local iconic locations. If you want to capture the essence of Greene County Ohio, these art prints of Clifton Grist Mill. But its hard to understand the heart of Green County without viewing these pages from adjacent parks and quaint villages: