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Hilltop Historical Society


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Hilltop Historical Society!

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



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


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.

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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






        May 20, 2015     UPDATE
Our local Girl Scout Troops once again put out American Flags on all the graves for Memorial Day as they have done for over 20 years.

News Release on putting out flags





Free Pizza thanks to the American Legion


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 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

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

The 120th Annual Memorial Service on June 14th 2015


Ginger Thrush and friends bring roses to lay on the Stone under the arch


Glenn Venner of the Military Order of the Stars and Bars and Bob Croye of the Sons of Confederate Veterans at the service


Colonel Chaplain Ed Sensenbrenner gave the Invocation and Benediction


Remembering Americans by Monty Chase

            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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