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Question by Donna Mollaun
Submitted on 12/10/2006
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Looking for musical talent for May 11 & 12, 2007 in Camp Dennison, Ohio - at the foot of Indian Hill and close to old Milford.
To Whom It May Concern:
     I am a member of Ohio State Daughters of the American Revolution. Our state chapter
owns historical property in Camp Dennison, Ohio in Hamilton County. This historical property
is located at the foot of Indian Hill & near old downtown Milford, near Cincinnati.
     We have an annual reenactment festival every year in May. The public is invited and
school children visit us by the bus loads.
     Please permit me to sell the history of this property & it's original owner.
     Christian Waldschmidt was the son of a German Immigrant to the Pennsylvania Dutch
country of Lancaster/Berks County, PA. His father was a Reformed Lutheran Minister who
was persecuted in Germany for his religious practices, so he came to America in 1750.
     Christian came to Ohio, after serving in the Revolution, on a flatboat and made his
way to what is now called Camp Dennison. He purchased land from the Symmes family &
founded New Germany, Ohio. Then he returned to Lancaster County, PA to gather his family
& 200 of his personal friends to settle New Germany, Ohio. He built a beautiful, Pennsylvania
Dutch type home & other structures on his own land.
     Christian was a very important man & a very busy one:
     1. He built the first paper mill in Ohio (his grandfather was a paper maker
     in Germany).
     2. He built a lumber ill.
     3. He built a grain Mill.
     4. He brewed his own beer & liquor (what German wouldn't love that?)
     which he sold in his own tavern - still on the property.
     5. He had a retail shop - still on the property.
     6. He was the local Reformed Lutheran Minister.
     7. He was a school master.
     8. He was an exporter.
     It is not surprising that he died at an early age considering all the he accomplished in his lifetime.
     After his death, the property eventually changed ownership, & the land, and all of the buildings were leased to the State of Ohio to be used as an enlistment camp during the Civil War. No battles were fought, but the camp then become a Civil War hospital, taking care of both Union & Confederate soldiers. It was named Camp Dennison after the Ohio governor during Civil War times.
     This year, our festival will be on the following dates:
     May 11, 2007 (Friday)
     May 12, 2007 (Saturday)
     May 13th is Mother's Day, and all of the member mothers want to be pampered by their adoring children.
   We provide tents, bathrooms, a light breakfast, lunch and beverages. Unfortunately, we are non-profit, so all of our proceeds go to the upkeep of this wonderful property and it's five historic buildings.
     Iíll look forward to hearing a positive reply.
     Sincerely,
     Donna Mollaun
     Member: John Reily Chapter, OSDAR
     Docent: Christian Waldschmidt Homestead & Civil War Museum
     Museum Web Page: http://www.ohiodar.org/cwhhome.php
     phone: 513-874-7512
     e-mail: tmollaun@aol.com



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