On Founder's Day June 19, 2010, The Reily Historical
Society opened it's doors of the new museum at 6207 Main
Street Reily, Ohio from 2:00-4:00 to the public. Everyone
was impressed by the great renovation and the things
inside that we have already accumulated. We need many
more things to share with the community. If you have any
Reily antiques, pictures, household items, furniture etc. that
you would like to donate, or loan, for display, please let us
We post requests from people who email the website for
information on their family history. It will be useful to
obtain any pictures, and information that our members
or the community may have for these people. Anyone
wanting to post a request email us
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At our September 1, 2015 meeting, retired teacher, Floyd Hann, of
Hamilton, presented “Reily Township Remembers When”. He
reminisced about the players, coaches, opposing teams, and the
games leading up the Butler County Basketball Championship in
1956, which was won by Reily HS.
Mr. Hann was a member of the Reily HS teaching staff from
September 1955 to June 1959. During that time he taught Social
Studies, was the school’s Athletic Director, and coached
baseball and basketball. He retired from teaching in 1982.
Some members of the Butler County 1956
Championship basketball team.
Another successful Founder's Day in Reily on
June 18th. Great community participation, good
food, and lots of fun.
The Reily Township Historical Society met on Tuesday, March 7,
2017, at the Reily Twp. Community Center. Mr. Carl Ruther
presented “Niles Tool Works, a Butler County Manufacturing
Giant.” Niles Tool Works began operations in the mid-1800’s in
Hamilton and continued operations into the mid-1900’s. Niles
Tool made steam engines, steam locomotives and later lathes
for other manufacturing companies. Mr. Ruther gave a very
interesting program about early Hamilton, which at one time had
17 foundaries. He touched on encouraging young people to
become interested in the manufacturing of industrial tools and
robotics, so that the US. can compete and bring back our
patents. and manufacturing.
Mr. Ruther is a Butler County native and a retired industrial
operations manager. His interests are primarily the history of
local industry. We have asked him to return with his many
illustrations and videos.
On Tuesday April 4th, The Reily Historical Society met at The
Reily Community Center at 7:00 PM. This meeting was our
"Show and Tell " meeting, always very interesting, members
and non members brought in artifacts of all kinds to show and
discuss. We had very old ledgers and books, an old chair with a
200 year plus family history a unique wood stove pipe and more.
We had a native American stone grinder found on a Reily farm
by one of our members.
The Reily Township Historical Society met on Tuesday,
May 2, 2017 at the Reily Twp. Community Center.
The program presented by Ms.Sarah Hill, was “Reily in
the Late 1800’s, the Prosperous Years”. Ms. Hill had
been researching this topic for the last 12 months,
using a grant from the W.E. Smith Family Charitable
Trust Fund. Her research was drawn from a variety of
sources including the Butler County Historical Society,
the Butler County Archives, and The Smith Library of
Sarah Hill is a graduate of Miami University, BS in
History, and has her Masters Degree from Central
Connecticut State U. in Public History.
Ms. Hill gave a very interesting program with many
pictures and old business directories etc. from Reily,
where she grew up. Some of the information was
fascinating about early inhabitants and business
owners in Reily during the early years of properity. One
of the first beekeepers had a business in Reily and the
beautiful Indian Creek made the perfect area for grist
mills. Hogs were transported through Reily mostly via
Layheigh Road to Cincinnati. Reily Pizza was a
blacksmith shop and Indian Creek Tavern still stands as
a tavern. It also was a popular hotel in those days.