The Betts House – Cincinnati, Ohio - Atlas Obscura

The Betts House

The oldest brick house in the state of Ohio. 

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The Betts House is a humble farmhouse built in 1804, which predates the incorporation of the City of Cincinnati. It was built using bricks, which were made at the site and was originally part of a prosperous farm spread across over 100 acres. It’s now the anchor of the Betts-Longworth Historic District, and a house museum devoted to telling the story of its inhabitants and the development of the city around it.

The Betts House is now situated within the Betts-Longworth Historic District, recognized on the National Register of Historic Places for its Federal, Italianate, Queen Anne, and Greek Revival architecture.

Know Before You Go

The house museum is open 12-5pm every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Walking tours of the historic district are offered every fourth Saturday at 1 p.m. during warmer months for $10.

 

What was once farmland is now just a few blocks from City Hall and the heart of downtown Cincinnati. This central location is perfect for a stroll through the historic areas that make Cincinnati so unique and varied.