Thursday, August 6, 2009

College Hill's oldest brick house for sale

The College Hill eNewsletter is reporting that the oldest brick house in College Hill, located at 6268 Savannah Avenue, is up for sale.

The house was built in 1812 by Captain Ephraim Brown on what was then a 267-acre tract, where he farmed in addition to his work as a surveyor.

Brown also had a still on site that used peaches, cider, corn and rye to make whiskey and brandy.

Savannah Avenue was once the private lane leading up to the house, and the small circle of grass that remains at Savannah and Meis avenues was once the lane's carriage turn-around.

Several additions have been made to the house over the years, and it now boasts nearly 4,000 square feet and 11 rooms.

The house is listed at $249,900 by John W. Galbraith, Galbraith Realtors.

Brown is a notable figure in local history, having raised and outfitted his own cavalry to fight in the War of 1812.

He later served as a Justice of the Peace, a trustee of Colerain Township, and as a member of the Ohio House and Senate.

Photo courtesy of the Greater Cincinnati Multiple Listing Service.