On a peaceful hill near the back of the Goshen Cemetery, this cannon commemorates Goshen's Civil War veterans. The cannon is a Parrott 30-pounder with a 4.20 bore and a maximum range of 4,400 yards - that’s 2.5 miles, which means from its current position, the cannon could hit targets on most of Shiloh Road, or Woodville Pike, or even most of SR 48! It was forged in 1865. Inscribed on its base are the words: “Erected by Kilpatrick Post No. 189 GAR, September 23, 1897.”
The GAR stands for the Grand Army of the Republic. a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army (United States Army), Union Navy (U.S. Navy), Marines and the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service who served in the American Civil War for the Northern/Federal forces. Founded in 1866 in Decatur, Illinois, and growing to include hundreds of posts (local community units) across the nation, it was dissolved in 1956 when its last member, Albert Woolson (1850–1956) of Duluth, Minnesota, died. Linking men through their experience of the war, the G.A.R. became among the first organized advocacy groups in American politics, supporting voting rights for black veterans, promoting patriotic education, helping to make Memorial Day a national holiday, lobbying the United States Congress to establish regular veterans' pensions, and supporting Republican political candidates. Its peak membership, at more than 490,000, was in 1890, a high point of various Civil War commemorative and monument dedication ceremonies. The local Goshen unit was called Kilpatrick Post, which used the old town hall on Main Street as its lodge. The Kilpatrick Post's original ledgers and other fascinating documents dating from the 1870s, are now in the Goshen Twp. Historical Society museum.
Believed to be the first house built in Goshen, Clermont County, known as Jackson's Tavern. In 1815, it was the home of Jonathen Jackson, who was related to Andrew Jackson. Rumor has it that President Andrew Jackson stayed one night here as he traveled to the White House.
Now private property, the current owners intend to restore the house. They have experience: they previously restored the Samuel Meek house (birthplace of Katherine Marr) at the corner of Goshen Road and Main Street.