Settled in 1795 by a group of families from Orange County, New York, Montgomery has quaint old-town charm, yet is just a short drive from downtown Cincinnati. Originally a mill town and coach stop on the Cincinnati-Columbus-Cleveland Highway, Montgomery is now an affluent residential community. Located 13 miles northeast of downtown Cincinnati, it offers enjoyment for both visitors and residents.
With eight sites on the National Historic Register, Montgomery takes pride in maintaining its heritage. The Montgomery Landmark Commission, created in 1976, recognizes 32 town landmarks as being historically significant. Two notable ones are the Wilder-Swaim house and the Blaire-Barker house. The Wilder-Swaim house, on the corner of Cooper and Zig-Zag Roads near Swaim Park, was originally the home of Rhode Island natives James and Susan Wilder. In 1917 it became the home of William Swaim, the principal of Montgomery School, and is now the location of the Montgomery Historical Society. The Blaire-Barker house on Remington Road is known for its unique Italianate windows and colored slate roof.
The city works to maintain an old-town feel. Red brick sidewalks line the downtown area for easy strolling through the town's unique shops and restaurants. Vintage style lamp posts add to the charm and a central fountain square with outdoor pub seating provides a place to rest and take in the town's beauty.
Matula and Ted Gregory founded The Montgomery Inn right in the heart of downtown. This famous Cincinnati eatery, described as "Home of the Worlds Greatest Ribs," features pork ribs, chicken barbecue, and walls of sports memorabilia. The Inn originally opened in 1951 just as a bar, but patrons soon wanted Matula's ribs and other cooking as well. Since then the restaurant has expanded every few years. At one time Bob Hope was a celebrity spokesperson. Still a family-run business, there are now three Cincinnati Montgomery Inn locations and one in Columbus.
Montgomery boasts some of the most pleasant parks in Cincinnati. Within walking distance from downtown is shady Swaim Park, which has a small fishing pond, walking track, and playground. Also in close proximity to downtown is Montgomery Park, which has a picnic pavilion, baseball field, and great hills for sledding. Numerous other parks, as well as a nature preserve are also within the town limits.
Montgomery is known for being a wonderful place to raise a family. The Sycamore School District is one of the best in the state. The city hosts many family friendly seasonal programs such as "Holiday in the Village", where four Montgomery locations connected by a trolley provide holiday celebrations, and the Montgomery July Fourth Festival with games for kids, food, and a parade. Bastille Day is celebrated each year to commemorate the town camaraderie with its sister city Neuilly-Plaisance, a Paris suburb. Montgomery even shares its own symphony orchestra with neighboring city Blue Ash. Montgomery is also not far from fabulous upscale shopping and the arts in Cincinnati.