Dayton Lane Historic Area

 A National Register Historic District Established 1985  

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Dayton Lane Historic Area

Check the Calendar for our next big event - Dayton Lane's May Promenade and Home Tour! Sunday, May 18, 2014  1:00 to 5:00 PM.  We have many new features this year. Go to our Gallery page to see photos from previous promenades.

The May Promenade and Home Tour is a step back in time to the early 1900's when Hamilton's industrial barons built their grand homes along Dayton Street and Campbell Avenue.

Consider the May Promenade and Home Tour a journey through time. Visitors will hear the same clip-clop of horse drawn carriages as they meander their way through the neighborhood. Promenade goers will also catch glimpses of Wheelmen as they ride their high wheelers gracefully through the streets.

The Home Tour will have at least ten homes open for tours, and we will have appropriate period demonstrations of wares and artisanship in Campbell Avenue Park. Click here for more information.


The Dayton-Campbell Historic District, now known as Dayton Lane, was established in 1985 through the efforts of Sherry Corbett and Jim Boerke. Together, they set the district boundaries and wrote the proposal submitted to the Department of the Interior.

The impetus to the development of what is now Dayton Lane came with the industrialization of Hamilton, which intensified after the end of the Civil War. During the 1870's and 1880's, new industries began to appear in Hamilton, drawn by cheap land and cheap power. Many of these industries settled on the East side of Hamilton and the new owners / managers wanted to live near their factories. After a while, Dayton Street in particular came to be know as the location where the "Captains of Industry" lived. Corner properties were particularly prized because of the ease they provided to routes of transportation.

Historic Dayton Lane is located just north of High Street in Hamilton, OH. , between State Route 4 and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., and bordered by High Street and Buckeye Street.

Check our Calendar for the latest event - Dayton Lane Promenade and Home Tour.