The history of North College Hill (NCH) and its progression from farm community to village to city has its roots in the earliest days of the United States and the beginning of the country's westward expansion across North America. The mostly urban character of 21st century NCH has evolved from a quiet, rural community first settled soon after the end of the American Revolution.

Over the decades, NCH residents have included a pair of highly acclaimed poets, a prominent national religious leader and reformer, and the founders of the first home for blind women in Ohio.

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