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The Hilltop Historical Society was founded in 1986 to promote the history of the Hilltop Area of Columbus, Ohio

The 122nd Annual Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery Memorial Service was held on June 12th 2017 at 3 PM


Dave Dobos, President of the Hilltop Historical Society opens the service.


COL (Chaplain) Edward Sensenbrenner


The historical replica wreath arrives.


Ginger Thursh of the Hilltop Historical Society brings flowers to lay on the so=tone under the arch


Steve and Lisa Ball provided period music to the crowd


The 73rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regimental Band provides period music using instruments that were made during the 1860's (except the drum)


Sid Drumhouser of the Sons of Union Veterans delivers the story of COL George Washington Neff who was the Commander of the 88th OVI, who were the Camp Chase Prison Guards.


Dick Hoffman of the Hilltop Historical Society delivers the story about CSA PVY Eli Knipe.


The Color Guard from Don Gentile Post American Legion provided the firing salute.


Joe Briggs, the great-great grandson of Lousiana Briggs (The Gray lady of Camp Chase) closed the service playing Taps.

Remembering one of our Founders: Lois Neff April 30th at 3 PM in the West High School Library


2nd Annual Hilltop Veterans Program was held on

Sunday November  13 at 3 PM at Don Gentile American Legion Post  532 at 1571 Demorest Rd, Columbus OH.


Pictured here are(From left) Dave Dobos, President of the Hilltop Historical Society and Earl (Wimpy) Potts the HHS honoree. Next is Joe Mellenbaugh, the American Legion honoree with Bernie Brogan the Post Commander of Don Gentile American Legion Post 532.

Wreaths Across American wreath laying at Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery was held at noon on December 17th
Thanks to all those who came out in the ice and rain to lay wreaths.





Columbus Hall of Fame inducts West High Graduate

West High School graduate (1948) Donn F.Eisele was inducted into the Columbus Hall of Fame on October 25, 2016 along with 3 other community members. Pictured here are the West High School Graduates and the West HS Jr ROTC Color Guard who were present for the ceremony. Highlighted in red are the names of the class mates of Donn Eisele and the names in blue are relatives of Fellow hall of Fame inductee Carl Brown Sr.


We had 16 WHS graduates and the WHS Jr ROTC Color Guard present for the ceremony.  4 of the graduates were also relatives of Carl Brown Sr. who was also inducted in the Hall of Fame.  Attending were left to right

Cayla Wright ’19, Matthew Wolford ’19, Ken Mahan ’48, Dick DeRoberts ’48, Dave Dobos ‘73,Monty Chase ’66, Pat Mahan ’48, Ginger Thrush ’79, Sandy Chase Doutt ’64, Stanton Prior ‘46. ora Yank ’83, Chad Brown ’71, Chanell Brown-Sanchez ‘93’ Linda Hessinger Hoffman ‘65, Sandra Beatty Gentry ’69, Jim Lawrence Davidson ’41, Kevin Wolford ’17, Rita Elliott Stethem ‘53, Gabe Pritchett ’19, Cristopher Santos ‘18

Highlighted in red are the names of the class mates of Donn Eisele and the names in blue are relatives of Fellow hall of Fame inductee Carl Brown Sr.




We have lost one of the founders of the Hilltop Historical Society. She was the historian of the Hilltop

Lois Ann Neff

Born: April 22, 1938
Died: March 16, 2016

121st Annual Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery Memorial Service


Hilltop Historical Society President Dave Dobos addresses the crowd


Our wonderful crowd


Chaplain COL (Ret) Edward Sensenbrenner served once again as our Chaplain


Special flowers were laid at a number of graves by family members present

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The Hilltop Historical Society in partnership with the Civil Air Patrol laid wreaths at Camp Chase confederate Cemetery as part of the National wreaths Across America Program






50 year old 1ST Day Cover from April 1965

          Lincoln Funeral Train Presentation:
Thanks to John Ward for his excellent presentation on the Lincoln FUneral Train and other Lincoln history


Lincoln Funeral Train in Columbus on April 29, 1865



John's ancestor who blew Taps at the burial service in Springfield IL


The VA has installed a interpretive marker at Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery at the base of the flag pole.


                                     Special Event


The Ohio National Road Association unveiled a Camp Chase Interpretive sign in front of the Westgate Masonic Temple at 2925 West Broad Street on September 6th. This is the site of the main entrance to Camp Chase.



Columbus Dispatch video about Camp Chase and Wreath Laying. Learn how we respect and remember those who are buried there.


The Hilltop Historical Society's own Monty Chase and his wife Margaret as they appeared as Salmon Portland Chase and his daughter, Kate Chase Sprague at the opening of the Association of Lincoln Presenters Convention here in Columbus, April 11, 2013.


Links to Hilltop Groups

Brig. Gen. Roswell S. Ripley Camp 1535 Sons of Confederate Veterans Columbus, Ohio

Friends of Camp Chase Trail

Personal Memorires Web Site

Hilltop Business Association

Westgate Neighbors Association

Wilshire Heights Neighborhood Association

Greater Hilltop Area Commission

Homes on the Hill

Friends of the Hilltop

West High School Alumni Association

Friends of Westgate Park E-Mail address

Highland West Neighbors Association

Grove City Area Visitors Bureau

Jeff Linn our faithful bagpiper


173rd Ohio Volunter Infantry Regimental Band

Hague Ave Upgrades

The City of Columbus has begun the process of updating Hague Ave between West Broad Street and Sullivant Ave. The old Interurban  railroad ties have been long buried under several layers of bricks and asphalt are being removed along with the paving bricks and other bricks that made up the roadway.




John Ward displays his historical artifacts related to President William McKinley. John had just made a presentation to the Hilltop Historical Society about the life of President William McKinley. He traced his life from being a Private with the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry at Camp Chase till his assassination.

            National Road Marker Replaced


At long last, the 6 Mile Marker on the National Road has returned to it’s original location (this is not a replica.) It is located just to the west of the on ramp to I-270 north on West Broad St. The Hilltop Historical Society was given the Mile Marker over 10 years ago and had it in safe storage at Modlich Monument Company until it went to the Country Engineer for restoration and to be put back in place. We thank both the Modlich Monument Company and Dean Ringle the Franklin Country Engineer for maintaining this part of the Hilltop History.


Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery May 2010




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