It looks so snug and warm, so like a place you could go home to, meet family and friends, enjoy festive meals or just sit and chat with a neighbor. Over the years Elk Lick house has reigned serenely as the central lady in the Village’s cluster of homes.
This mid-century country farmhouse is from the Elk Lick Valley. The east fork of the Little Miami River in Clermont County formed the valley. Several different owners lived in the home and eventually Mrs. Mary Smith built on the front portion.
The two sections of the Elk Lick House have distinctive differences.The original two-room, 1818 cottage in the back had simple lines on the outside and basic woodwork on the inside. The front section is more ornate and speaks of mild affluance.
In time the structure was to be demolished to make way for the East Fork Reservoir. The Miami Purchase Association for Historic Preservation rescued the building by purchasing it from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1969. The Association rebuilt the house on a plot near the park stream similar to its original site along the East Fork.
Today guests may tour the entire house and glimpse into what life may have been like for the 19th century home owners. The house is fully furnished in time period furniture and accessories. Recently the front portion of the house was redecorated in the fashion of middle class 1800’s life style.