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Regardless of your interest, there is much to do in Darke County! From the many city, village and county parks to shopping and even dirt track racing, there is something for everyone!
ALTAR OF PEACE
Commemorating the signing of the Treaty of GreeneVille with the Native Americans on August 3, 1795, this monument is located on Memorial Drive in the Greenville City Park.
GREENVILLE CITY PARK
This park is the site of world, state and local horseshoe tournaments, has acres of picnic grounds, and a children’s playground. Other activity areas include tennis and shuffleboard courts, a skate park, swimming pool, fishing ponds, band shell, swinging bridge, peacocks, swans, and much more. The main entrance is located on East Main Street.
SITE OF THE SIGNING OF THE TREATY OF GREENEVILLE
A granite monument engraved with Howard Christy Chandler’s painting of the signing of the Treaty is located on West Main Street at Elm Street, marking the approximate place where General “Mad” Anthony Wayne signed the Treaty.
The area where the Mud Creek and Greenville Creek meet, this point is where Shawnee Chief Tecumseh burned symbolic fires to protest the signing of the Treaty of GreeneVille. The entrance to Tecumseh Point Walkway is from the Walnut Street foot bridge.
ANTHONY WAYNE PEACE COUNCIL HOUSE
A re-created Native American tribes Peace Council House is located near Garst Museum in Greenville.
BRADFORD RAILROAD MUSEUM
The museum located at 200 North Miami Avenue, Bradford, Ohio, has restored the switching tower. The BF Tower was put in service in 1925 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. The museum houses a collection of photos and artifacts from the rail operation in Bradford, Ohio, from 1855-1985 featuring the Pennsylvania Railroad, Penn Central, and Conrail.
Originally General St. Clair’s outpost in 1791, this state historic park is located five miles south of Greenville off State Route 121.
BIRTHPLACE OF LOWELL THOMAS
The house where Lowell Thomas was born has been moved from its original location in Woodington to the grounds of the Garst Museum. The home has been refurbished to the time period of his youth.
BIRTHPLACE OF ANNIE OAKLEY
A monument located on U.S. 127, just south of North Star, marks the location of Annie Oakley’s birthplace near Willowdell, on Spencer Road in Patterson Township.
GRAVESITE OF ANNIE OAKLEY
Brock Cemetery, the site of the graves of Annie Oakley and her husband Frank Butler, is located on Beamsville-St. Marys Road, just off U.S. 127 northeast of Greenville.
ANNIE OAKLEY MEMORIAL PARK
This landscaped area at the intersection of Broadway, Martin Street, and Washington Avenue features a heroic-size statue honoring Annie Oakley. Surrounding the base of the statue are personalized engraved bricks purchased by individuals and businesses in support of this project.
Built in 1849 by Gabriel Baer, Bear’s Mill is one of the few operating water-powered mills in Ohio today. The site of the present mill, as well as the water rights, were granted to Major George Adams through a Presidential deed by President James Monroe in 1824.
Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, Bear’s Mill is a working museum; still utilizing the water from the Greenville Creek to power the equipment for stone-grinding flour and meal.
Visitors are encouraged to tour the mill and the beautiful natural area surrounding it, as well as shop the Mill Market Store where flour, homemade breads and sweets, along with gourmet kitchen accessories can be found. Art exhibits in the gallery at the Mill offer visitors the opportunity to see and shop regional art including paintings, photography, pottery, blown glass, jewelry and sculpture.
Bear’s Mill is operated by The Friends of Bear’s Mill, Inc. nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of the Friends is to provide a rich cultural experience and community-oriented events including educational tours, demonstrations and nature walks while preserving the Mill’s historical significance and natural beauty. For more information call 937-548-5112 or visit bearsmill.com.
This 55-acre wooded nature preserve is located on Routzong Road east of Greenville on State Route 571. This beechmaple forest is interesting during every season and features 1-1/2 miles of trails to explore.
THE TREATY STONE
A monument located on the public square in front of the Greenville Municipal Building, this marks the approximate place where General “Mad” Anthony Wayne signed the famous Treaty of GreeneVille in 1795.
HENRY ST. CLAIR MEMORIAL HALL
Built in 1910, Memorial Hall is located on West Fourth Street in Greenville and is the artistic center of the county. This grand building is site of the Anna Bier Gallery and Civic Room. Memorial Hall features a large auditorium and a main entrance foyer featuring Tiffany style leaded glass windows.
ZACHARY LANSDOWNE RESIDENCE
Located at the corner of East Third and Locust Streets, this gray shingle house is the birthplace of Zachary Lansdowne, commander of the U.S.S. Shenandoah. The residence is on the National Register of Historic Sites.
Located at 205 North Broadway in Greenville, Garst Museum contains Darke County memorabilia dating back to the Native Americans and early settlers. Featured collections include Annie Oakley, Lowell Thomas, and Zachary Lansdowne.
SHAWNEE NATURE CENTER AND PRAIRIE PRESERVE
This building is a 6,800-square-foot nature center amidst the Darke County Park District’s 118- acre Shawnee Prairie Preserve just west of Greenville on State Route 502. The Nature Center includes a nature library, exhibit and observation areas, a gift shop, and a science lab available to students, teachers, and visitors. Two main trails guide visitors through the woodlands, prairies and wetlands that make up the preserve. Also found at Shawnee Prairie Preserve is a Sugar Shack, 18th Century Log House, and Blacksmith Shop.
COPPESS NATURE SANCTUARY
Located near Union City, this 32-acre woodland features a gravel trail to guide visitors through towering oak, hickory, beech, and maple woodland.
Close to Tecumseh Point and the Anthony Wayne Peace Council House, this re-created prairie contains over 100 varieties of grasses and flowering plants native to Darke County.