Formed out of Columbia and Sycamore townships, Silverton had its beginnings in the post-Revolutionary War land grants. In 1809 David Mosner opened a general store at the crossroads of Plainfield Pike and Montgomery Road. For the next several decades the surrounding town was known alternately as “Mosner” or “Enterprise”. The Mosner name was formalized in 1861 when a post office opened under that designation. Silverton today is a community of rich diversity in the heart of a major metropolitan area. Its location northeast of Cincinnati along Interstate 71 and Montgomery Road (U.S. Route 22) provides residents with easy access to a wealth of recreational and cultural amenities. Homeowners enjoy living in stable, established neighborhoods of historic homes with tree canopies served by a mix of retail and service businesses. The spirit of volunteerism is alive and well as demonstrated by a number of community organizations, including the Silverton Business Association, the Silverton Block Watch Association(Ohio’s largest), the Play Field Mother’s Club, and the Silverton Sweet Pea Society.
Residents of Silverton enjoy two parks: Ralph Ficke Memorial Park and Silverton Park.
Ficke Park was the larger of the two at 12 acres (49,000 m2). It offered a playground, baseball diamonds, a regulation size soccer field, full court basketball, hard court tennis and a batting cage. Two shelters were available for rental. Park events include an annual Easter egg hunt and a summer concert series.
Silverton Park is located in the center of town in a “village green” setting. The Kuhnell Museum, a replica of the village’s original train depot, is located in the park. The museum is a source of great pride for Silverton residents. Johnny Kuhnell, the village’s Chief of Police from 1946 to 1969, envisioned a replicated station as a focal point of the community, so he organized an effort to reconstruct the station. His goal was realized in 1974 when construction of the replica was completed. The museum was rededicated in honor and memory of Chief Kuhnell in 2001.
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