Our Neighbors Over the Hill
But a few months since, 'Botany Hill,' now called "Forrest Hill," and but a short walk from the city, which was a mere mound, of monstrous size, and indefinite susceptibilities, is redolent with life and beauty. Under the tasteful direction of Mr. Whitley (the same gentleman who favored our citizens with a course of lectures on the social destiny of man,) it has rapidly advanced, in a most promising and picturesque manner. From the strength and peculiar fitness of the fence around Mr. W's vineyard, we should believe him to be a strong Tariff man; at any rate, he is a most decided friend of Internal Improvements.
Mr. Kidd, too, the architect of the City Hall in Covington, is making himself somewhat famous on the hill-side, by the erection of his country house and pleasant grounds.
Mr. David Griffin has, with considerable energy, effected his share of improvement, and opened a "new and better way" to the domiciles of the dwellers on the Hill-side.
We must again allude to "Forest Hill," because we believe it to be the scene of an untried experiment in out sister State. Ample preparations are being made for an extensive Vineyard, in which several varieties of Foreign Grapes will, under proper treatment, have a fair trial. It is, however, mainly devoted to the cultivation of Native Grapes, from which it is hoped, excellent wine will be made. Out Western vineyards, under the management of intelligent proprietors are becoming famous in the catalogue of domestic products, and from such samples as have on several occasions been submitted to men of taste, the most favorable augaries have been drawn. "Forrest Hill," we think, from personal knowledge of its soil and aspect, is likely to become as famous for its fruits and vines, as its owner is, in the arduous duties of his profession.
from the Licking Valley Register, November 30, 1844, which acknowledges the prior publication of the item in the Cincinnati Atlas.