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Clovernook Center History

Florence and Georgia Trader in the early 1900's.OUR HISTORY

The legacy of Clovernook Center began in 1903 with two women named Florence and Georgia Trader. Florence and her sister Georgia, who was blind, recognized the need for a home that would enable blind women to engage in activities that would bring self-respect and direction to their lives.

The Trader sisters appealed to their friend William A. Procter, a prominent Cincinnati businessman and head of The Procter & Gamble Company, who offered to purchase land along with Cary Cottage, which became first home for blind women in the state of Ohio. The land was used to establish Clovernook Center with a mission to provide a home and employment to women with visual impairments.

110 years later, Clovernook Center has evolved into a multi-faceted organization with an array of services for men and women and a skilled staff to address daily living and employment needs of people with visual impairments.

Cary Cottage is a two story white brick home with black shutters. The front of the home has three windows on the second floor and two windows, seperated by the front door, on the first floor.Cary Cottage

Today, Cary Cottage is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located on the grounds of Clovernook’s Cincinnati facility, 7000 Hamilton Avenue in North College Hill.

From 1832-50, the cottage was the home of the Cary family, early settlers to the area. The Cary family tree can be traced back to Sir Thomas Cary, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth, through John Cary who came to Plymouth in 1630. Two of the daughters who lived in Cary Cottage, Alice and Phoebe Cary, were well-known poets of their day.

The Cottage is open for tours by appointment only Monday through Friday. There is no admission charge, though donations are accepted. To arrange a tour, please contact us at 513-522-3860 and ask for a member of our development staff.

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