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Edgeton

Edgeton, 575 Harrison Ave., Hamilton, also known as the Jacob Shaffer House, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. The web site of the Ohio Historic Preservation Office of the Ohio Historical Society says "this building is a good example of a 19th Century vernacular house. It was built by Jacob Shaffer in the 1860s.

Shaffer was a banker in Hamilton, and his office was located directly opposite the Courthouse on Court Street. He was also a partner in a flour mill and was an original stockholder and later a member of the board of directors of the Hamilton Street Railway Co., founded in 1875. In 1883 Shaffer sold the house and property to Harrison Leib who named the house Edgeton.

Leib was a merchandise broker from Cincinnati. He commuted daily to Cincinnati, where for a time he had his office in the Mercantile Library Building. He was also a sugar cane broker and represented the Franklin Sugar Refining Co. in addition to operating the Edgeton Farm Dairy. Due to its architectural style and park-like grounds, Edgeton serves as an important focal point in a neighborhood near the western edge of Hamilton." It was used multi-family residence for several years before being acquired by an indirect descendant of Harrison Leib.


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