327 N. Second Street - Hamilton OH 45011 - 513-896-9930

The Benninghofen House

The Benninghofen House

The structure today known as the Benninghofen House is named for the family that lived in it for nearly three quarters of a century. Interestingly, they were not the first family to live within its Italianate walls.

The house was origionally constructed for Noah McFarland during the first half of the Civil War (1861-63). Some time later, the home was sold to Major John Phillips who defaulted on his tax payments. In 1874, John Benninghofen, a Prussian immigrant, bought the house for $13,000.

John Benninghofen was a prominent Hamilton industrialist. He and fellow opportunist Asa Shuler operated the Shuler & Benninghofen Woolen Mills. The factory produced blankets and woolen felt used in the local papermaking market, and by the late 1800s, wider distribution allowed them to supply 80% of the felts use in Western paper mills.

Most architectural elements of the Benninghofen House are intact. This is because the home was continuously lived in before becoming a museum in 1949. The house and all the funishings represent the lifestyle of a family of means during the Gilded Age. Furniture dates from the mid 19th into the 20th century. Several pieces belonged to the Benninghofens.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the house was presented to the Butler County Historical Society in 1947 by Pauline Benninghofen (daughter of John Benninghofen). Through generous contributions to the 50th Anniversary Fund, extensive interior refurbishing and other Projects have been completed.

Are you interested in visiting the Benninghofen House? Please call us at (513) 896-9930 for additional information.

Latest Blog Posts

“The Road to War” Talk Kick’s Off New World War I Exhibit

Dr. George S. Vascik, Associate Professor of History and Humanities at Miami University, will present a talk on “The Road to War” as the lead-off program in the Butler County Historical Society’s year-long exhibit and series of programs focusing on World War I. Vascik’s talk will explore the European origins of the “Great War” in…

Join BCHS for discussion of “Native Americans of the Miami Valley”

Kathy Creighton, Butler County Historical Society Executive Director, will present “Native Americans of the Miami Valley,” 1  p.m., Saturday, April 1, in the Emma Ritchie Auditorium at the society’s facility at 327 North 2nd Street, Hamilton.   The talk will discuss the five Indian cultures that lived in the Butler County area dating from about…

BCHS Seeks Photos and Stories of County Residents Who Served During World War I

The Butler County Historical Society is asking area residents that had relatives who served in any of the military branches during World War I to share their family’s photos and stories for an exhibit honoring the 100-year anniversary of America’s participation in “The Great War.” The society is seeking photos of Butler County men and…

Historical Society Seeks Sponsors to Fund Acquisition of Historically Important Documents

The Board of Directors of the Butler County Historical Society has learned that a large collection of historically important documents related to the county’s early development will be sold during auctions conducted by Cowan’s Auctions in March and June. Even though the board believes the documents would be excellent additions to the society’s collection, the…