The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Batavia and Williamsburg by local author Linda Smith-Walker. This pictorial history boasts more than 200 vintage images, providing readers with a unique opportunity to reconnect with the history that helped shape their community.
Just a few miles from Cincinnati’s eastern suburbs are the small towns of Batavia and Williamsburg in Clermont County, Ohio, the 7th county established in the state and the 11th oldest in the Northwest Territory. In 1793, William Lytle and his brother John came from Kentucky to the scenic area on the East Fork of the Little Miami River to do surveying work. A short distance from their camp, a tornado had leveled many trees making it easier for Lytle to clear 40 acres with the help of James Kain and his two sons, who were to become Williamsburg’s first citizens.
In 1796, a site for Williamsburg was platted by William and John Lytle and Adam Bricker. In 1801, Williamsburg was established as the county seat and it remained so until the seat of government moved to Batavia in 1824. William Lytle also played a part in Batavia’s early history having purchased a 1,000-acre tract on which the town is located and then selling it to George Ely, an early settler.
In 1814, Ely and partner David Bryan, deciding that settlers in the area “should be bound together in a more tangible manner than the bonds of brotherhood,” recorded the plat for the town of Batavia, eight miles to the west of Williamsburg.
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The book is available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.