Epworth Heights


   Epworth Heights began, in 1874, as the Cincinnati Camp Meeting Grounds. Consisting of 40 acres it was started by the Methodist Church and operated by the Cincinnati Camp Meeting Grounds Association. Camp meetings lasted a week or more and consisted of religious preaching and soul saving. Thousands of people attended these meetings. Many arrived using the Little Miami River and the Baltimore and Ohio Southwestern railroads. The grounds contained two auditoriums one of which was large enough to hold 1,500 people at a time. There was a large open-sided Tabernacle, tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, a corral for horseback riding, canoe launches, a reservoir, hotels, gazebos, tents for those just there for the events. There were 700+ lots, the average size being 20' by 40'. The streets were named after prominent people in Methodist history. The map below is a very ragged 1891 layout of Epworth Heights proclaiming one of these meetings. I have tried to clean it up a little so you can get an idea of what this area looked like.

1891 Epworth Heights Map.jpg (523566 bytes)
1891 Camp Meeting

   WWI was the start of Epworth Heights decline, automobiles changed recreation habits, and of course the depression brought financial problems. In the 1950s legal disputes ended the association's control of the land. Clermont County won a court decision that ordered the association to pay taxes on everything except the land on which the chapel sat. The association sold it's holding and went out of business in 1972.

Epworth Entrance.jpg (236772 bytes)                                        Epworth Heights Cemetary.jpg (284433 bytes)
Early                  Entrance to Epworth Heights                  Later


Symmes & Branch Hill Suspension Bridge.jpg (138616 bytes)                        Branch Hill multiview.jpg (144430 bytes)
Symmes & Branch Hill Bridge                Branch Hill multi-view       

   I believe this road is going across the Little Miami River and is now called Hopewell Road which connects to the Loveland Madeira Road (in distance) to the Branch Hill Loveland Road (behind camera). The camera is positioned on what is now a block long street called Bridge Street. The Branch Hill Loveland Road changes to County Highway 19 and was used to get to the Epworth Heights entrance above (I think). I have added the Branch Hill multi-view card because I wanted to keep the Branch Hill cards together (for now).



Epworth Riverside 2.jpg (218858 bytes)        Epworth Riverside 1.jpg (224388 bytes)        Epworth Heights 4.jpg (128964 bytes)        Epworth Heights 3.jpg (101504 bytes)


Riverside Hotel-Ep Hg.jpg (186784 bytes)        Riverside Epworth.jpg (458061 bytes)        Epworth Hts. n1.jpg (67202 bytes)        Epworth Heights-Riverside Hotel-7.jpg (199282 bytes)


Epworth Heights swimmers.jpg (316065 bytes)        Epworth Riverside Hotel-8.jpg (250070 bytes)        Epworth Riverside Hotel-7.jpg (266267 bytes)        Epworth Miami from Hotel.jpg (297639 bytes)
                                                                                                                                   View from Riverside Hotel


Riverside Hotel Epworth.jpg (211429 bytes)                    Epworth Heights Riverside Hotel.jpg (425309 bytes)
                                                                 Hotel's Refreshment Stand



Epworth Hotel.jpg (218043 bytes)        Epworth Hoteln1.jpg (191105 bytes)        Epworth Hotel-Epworth Heights.jpg (127293 bytes)        Hotel Epworth-w.jpg (116074 bytes)


Epworth Hotel-6.jpg (378050 bytes)



Hubbard Inn-Epworth Heights.jpg (223409 bytes)    Hubbard Inn-3 Epworth Heights.jpg (387223 bytes)    Epworth Heights-Hubbard Inn.jpg (217777 bytes)



Epworth Heights-gt Little Miami.jpg (124514 bytes)        Epworth Heights 1.jpg (121294 bytes)        Epworth Boating.jpg (311051 bytes)        Little Miami-Epworth Hts.jpg (112704 bytes)
Same image


Riverview-Epworth Heights.jpg (107990 bytes)        Epworth Drifting on Miami.jpg (242235 bytes)        Epworth Vacation.jpg (327530 bytes)        Epworth On the Miami.jpg (822498 bytes)


Epworth Miami Scene.jpg (311420 bytes)        Epworth Heights Little Miami.jpg (325899 bytes)        View from Epworth Hts Briidge.jpg (179228 bytes)        Epworth river.jpg (150704 bytes)



Epworth Heights 2.jpg (142961 bytes)        Epworth footbridge.jpg (133581 bytes)        Footbridge Epworth Heights.jpg (288498 bytes)        Epworth Heights-Foot Bridge.jpg (225910 bytes)


Epworth Bridge 2.jpg (380659 bytes)        Epworth On the Bridge.jpg (303169 bytes)        Epworth Hts. Bridge.jpg (362108 bytes)



Epworth Heights-Among the Oaks.jpg (360241 bytes)        Epworth Cottages 1.jpg (279872 bytes)        Epworth Among the Oaks.jpg (850154 bytes)


Epworth Heights Cottages.jpg (777970 bytes)            Epworth Cottage Life.jpg (336984 bytes)                Epworth Hights scenes.jpg (92766 bytes)
                                                                                                         Cottages / River


Epworth Auditors Camp.jpg (401814 bytes)        Epworth Peruvian Camp.jpg (895904 bytes)
Auditors Camp                         Peruvian Camp 


Epworth Childrens Chapel.jpg (352141 bytes)        Epworth Deaconess Home.jpg (287984 bytes)
Children's Chapel                      Deaconess Home  


Epworth Vacation Cotage.jpg (663990 bytes)        YWCA-Epworth Hts.jpg (68613 bytes)        YWCA Cottage, Epworth Hts.jpg (274878 bytes)        YWCA Cottage-Epworth Hts..jpg (136789 bytes)
YWCA Vacation Cottage


Epworth Auditorium.jpg (129889 bytes)        Epworth Hts-Lovers Lane.jpg (286949 bytes)        Epworth Heights RPPC 9.jpg (833728 bytes)
Auditorium                             Lovers Lane                                                    


Epworth Ave..jpg (380023 bytes)        Epworth Parting Ways.jpg (287155 bytes)
Epworth Avenue                        Various  Roads   


Epworth BEV.jpg (268356 bytes)
Little Miami Valley from Epworth



Epworth Heights Penn RR.jpg (116433 bytes)            Epworth Heights depot.jpg (99150 bytes)              Epworth Heights RR Flyer.jpg (78312 bytes)
                   Penn. Depot                                                                   Penn Flier