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THE VILLAGE OF ABERDEEN IS LOCATED ON THE NATIONAL SCENIC HIGHWAY U S 52.  IT IS ALSO POSITIONED ALONG THE OHIO RIVER WITH
FOUR MILES OF RIVER FRONTAGE WHICH AFFORDS MANY BEAUTIFUL
VIEWS.
 
ABERDEEN ALSO SERVES AS A GATEWAY TO KENTUCKY.  TWO BRIDGES:  THE SIMON KENTON MEMORIAL, COMPLETED IN 1931 AND
THE WILLIAM H. HARSHA, COMPLETED IN 2002, SPAN THE BEAUTIFUL
OHIO RIVER.
 
"THE GRETNA GREEN OF AMERICA" IS WHAT THE VILLAGE IS PERHAPS
BEST KNOWN FOR NATIONALLY --- OWING TO THE FACT THAT IN THE
MID TO LATE 1800'S TWO SQUIRES LIVED HERE.  JOHN (THOMAS) SHELTON AND MASSIE BEASLEY.  LIKE THE BLACKSMITHS OF GRETNA
GREEN, SCOTLAND  -- WHO PERFORMED MARRIAGES WITHOUT RE-
QUIRING A LICENSE, THE "SQUIRES OF OLD ABERDEEN, OHIO"  MARRIED
THOUSANDS OF COUPLES IN THE SAME MANNER.  THESE MARRIAGES
WERE LATER VALIDATED BY AN ACT OF THE LEGISLATURE.  MANY OF THE MARRIAGES WERE OF RUNAWAY SLAVES, WHO BY WAY OF THE
UNDERGROUND RAILROAD CAME ACROSS THE OHIO RIVER FROM KENTUCKY.
 
THE AREA WAS FIRST SETTLED IN 1788 BY MATTHEW CAMPBELL, A
NATIVE OF ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND.  HE WOULD LATER BE INVOLVED IN
ESTABLISHING A CINCINNATI SETTLEMENT.  IN 1795, CAMPBELL'S FRIEND
NATHAN ELLIS CAME TO THE LAND, WHICH IS THE CURRENT SITE OF
ABERDEEN, WHERE HE BUILT A HOME, TAVERN, AND OPERATED ONE OF
THE FIRST FERRIES ON THE OHIO RIVER.  HE NAMED THE LAND ELLIS'
LANDING (SOME ACCOUNTS SAY ELLIS' FERRY).  IN 1816, WHEN THE PART LYING EAST OF MAIN STREET WAS SURVEYED PROPERLY, IT WAS
GIVEN THE NAME OF ABERDEEN, IN HONOR OF THE BIRTHPLACE OF
HIS FRIEND MATTHEW CAMPBELL.. 
 
 
 

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