To commemorate Confederate General John Hunt Morgan’s 13-day raid of Ohio, and the role of the Union pursuers, in the historic clash 150 years ago this July, the Ohio Historical Society has established the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail.
The trail is a 561 mile self-guided driving tour tracing Morgan’s route through 17 Ohio counties.
The tour includes more than 600 directional signs leading travelers along the route and 56 interpretive signs presenting historical information and stories.
Three interpretive signs are located in Clermont County. Sign # 9, “Derailment of the Locomotive Kilgour” and Sign # 10 “Fighting at the Miamiville Little Miami Railroad Bridge” are located on the Bike Trail in Miamiville near the old railroad bridge across the Little Miami River.
The third sign, #11 “Morgan’s First Ohio Campsite,” is located in Williamsburg on Main Street across from the Croswell Bus Company.
On July 14, the Williamsburg sign will be dedicated. The ceremony will take place near the old baseball backstop behind the church at Main and 8th Street at 2 p.m. Parking is available in the church parking lot on 8th Street. Williamsburg Mayor Mary Ann Lefker will open the ceremony followed by Michael Craft of the Ohio Historical Society.
Historian Rick Crawford will tell the story of Morgan’s activities in Williamsburg.
Following the dedication, a reception will be held at Harmony Hill, Third and Willow Street. The program will begin with the raising of the flag by Boy Scout Troop # 84 and the singing of the Star Spangled Banner.
Several speakers will follow with information of the Civil War and Morgan’s Raid.
Musical presentation will be made and the program completed by Abraham Lincoln reciting his Gettysburg Address.
Refreshments will be served and the Harmony Hill and Clermont County Historical Society museums will be open.
The dedication and reception are open to the public free of charge.