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Fitz Randolph-Rogers House

Fitz Randolph-Rogers House, 5467 Liberty-Fairfield Road, Fairfield Twp., was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. It is located several yards north of the northwest intersection of Hamilton-Middletown Road (Ohio 4) and Liberty-Fairfield Road, an area also known as Flenner's Corner (see entry). The web site of the Ohio Historic Preservation Office of the Ohio Historical Society says "the Fitz Randolph-Rogers home was the scene of the writing of the diary of Sarah Elizabeth Rogers, an important portrayal of political and social life in southwestern Ohio during the Civil War. The building is also an unusual example of the Greek revival style, built into a hillside. The home was constructed over a four-year period for Benjamin Fitz Randolph. He was a farmer of Liberty Twp. and operated a tannery. In 1860 the farm was sold to the widow Lydia Rogers. Her daughter, Sarah Elizabeth, kept a diary which was published in part by Edward N. Clopper under the title, 'Country Life During the Civil War,' in the Bulletin of the Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio [later the Cincinnati Historical Society]. The diary provides some insight into the thinking of an Ohio 'Peace Democrat' or 'Copperhead' who supported Clement L. Vallandigham. It also has value for the social historian with illustrations of the cultural, educational, and social life of rural Ohioans in the 1860s." The OHPO says "the home was owned by the Rogers family until 1931 when the prosperous Hamilton physician, Henry Lee Good, bought it. Under his direction the wooden side porch was removed and the stone wine cellar, veranda and garage were added."

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