For decades, the area that would become Mt. Adams was ignored by the city because of its inaccessibility and rough terrain. Nicholas Longworth purchased this property in 1830 and set up vineyards and made wine high atop the hill and called this and the surrounding area the, “Garden of Eden”. When disease destroyed the vineyards in the 1850’s, Nicholas’ son Joseph gave some of the land over to the city to create Eden Park. In 1874, an incline railway was created to provide access to the top of the hill. Once of the first structures built on the hill was an observatory. This land on the hill was originally called Mt. Ida and after a visit from President John Quincy Adams who spoke during the dedication of the newly built observatory, the city changed the name to Mt. Adams.
Things are a lot different today. What was once considered inhabitable land is now packed with residences and businesses and is considered one of the more desirable neighborhoods to live in Cincinnati. The business district itself has a lot of options when it comes to shopping, eating, and nightlife. The business district is primarily around the area of Hatch Street, Pavilion Street, and St. Gregory.
Mt. Adams Business District