Friday, April 20, 2012

French Park

Herbert Greer French willed this 275-acre park to the city of Cincinnati in 1943.  The land once was a Native American trail. John Cleves Symmes purchased the land from the United States Congress.  Located in the park is the French House, which was built in 1805.  The home has a large outdoor terrace with beautiful flower gardens surrounding it.  The home can be rented for private events.  Near the home is a caretaker’s cottage, which is used by the Cincinnati Art Academy for teaching.

The park contains hiking trails that wind through the hilly and wooded terrain.  There are meadows and creeks in the park as well as a distant view of Cincinnati.  A playground and picnic shelter can be found here as well.

French Park
3012 Section Road, Amberley Village

3 comments:

brunosmom said...

In the 50s & 60s attended Girl Scout events there. Even had a sleep over in the big house as I remember. Fossil hunting in the stream.

gail robbins Schwettman said...

I have wonderful memories of French Park. My family lived on Crestview Avenue in Kennedy heights. Our property overlooked a magnificent woods going down to Amberley Road. We loved to spend time in these woods, hiking and exploring the creek at the bottom and the many wildflowers in the spring. Then we often crossed Amberley Road and onto the French Estate property. I don't know whether it was private or community property at that time, but we hiked on it anyway Our destination was the ancient-seeming caretaker's house, probably not known by many to exist. It was far away from the big house. It was a 2-story stone house with a basement. It was locked but we peeked into the windows and into the basement from a trap door outside. We always imagined it as haunted, a rather mysterious place. I have a photo from the 1940's showing us (my dad, sister, our dog at the time, and usually some neighborhood kids) seated on the porch. A truly beautiful and peaceful place. I also remember staying overnight in the main house when I was a Girl Scout.

gail robbins Schwettman said...

Guess the road was really Section Road.