Columbia Baptist Cemetery / Columbia

Columbia Baptist Cemetery / Columbia (HM2HL9)

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N 39° 6.368', W 84° 25.728'

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First Settlement in Hamilton County

Columbia Baptist Cemetery
On the higher ground at the end of this lane
is Columbia Baptist Cemetery, the last
resting place of many of the pioneers who
came with Major Benjamin Stites and founded
Columbia, November 18, 1788, the first settlement
in Hamilton County and the second in the "Old
Northwest". Here in 1792 was built the meeting
house for the Columbia Baptist Church, organized
in 1790. the first Protestant Church in the Northwest Territory. Land for the cemetery was
part of Major Stites' purchase and was deeded
by him to the Baptists of Columbia Township.Columbia
In this vicinity Major Benjamin Stites and
26 men and women from New Jersey founded
the town of Columbia, November 18, 1788. Major
Stites, intending to establish a great city, had
purchased in the previous year, 20,000 acres
of land at the mouth of the Little Miami River.
Columbia was typical of many of the early
wilderness settlements. It consisted of a cluster
of log houses protected from Indian attack by
a stockade and strategically placed block-
houses. Beyond the town to the east, the
pioneers planted their crops on the fertile
river bottoms of the Little Miami, still known
as Turkey Bottom.
HM NumberHM2HL9
Year Placed1953
Placed BySesquicentennial Year of Ohio Statehood by The Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio Sponsored by Albert P. Strietmann
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Date Added Friday, June 7th, 2019 at 11:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 722327 N 4331702
Decimal Degrees39.10613333, -84.42880000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 6.368', W 84° 25.728'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 6' 22.08" N, 84° 25' 43.68" W
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