About Darke County, Ohio
Discover a land where the legends are as rich as the soil: Darke County, Ohio, situated on the Ohio/Indiana border. The folks of Darke County are proud of their legends including Annie Oakley, KitchenAid Stand Mixer and Eldora Speedway, and want to share their stories.
Famous Sharp-shooter, Annie Oakley was born and raised in rural Darke County, near Willowdell in 1860. Phoebe Ann Moses supported her family by shooting and selling game to restaurants and grocers in Greenville and neighboring towns. The game she sold was highly desirable in that it had little damage because her aim was so precise. She adopted the stage name of “Annie Oakley” after she met and married sharpshooter, Frank Butler. Annie traveled the world but always returned home to Darke County. The community is fortunate to have the largest collection of memorabilia on-hand at the National Annie Oakley Center at Garst Museum in Greenville.
The highly recognized KitchenAid Stand Mixer is made in the county seat of Darke County, Greenville. Visitors can tour the KitchenAid stand mixer factory to see the craftsmanship and quality of KitchenAid products and the people who build them. Doors are open to give behind-the-scenes view of the entire manufacturing process and what it takes to bring a legend to life. Every KitchenAid Stand Mixer in the world is assembled with pride in this factory. The tour adds a whole new dimension to the product, and leaves visitors with a new appreciation for the way KitchenAid products are made. The next stop to fully experience the Kitchen product is a stop in downtown Greenville at The KitchenAid Experience® Retail Center, which brings passion alive through exceptional products, cooking demonstrations and exciting events that celebrate the spirit and pride that is KitchenAid. Explore the store to find the most complete collection of first-quality countertop and culinary products made by KitchenAid. Vistors will find all the special KitchenAid colors, styles and accessories you’ve been wanting as well as any innovative, new products KitchenAid is constantly developing.
Another legend in Darke County and across the racing world is Eldora Speedway. This 1/2 mile dirt track was the first of its kind, and was planted in the middle of a Darke County cornfield in 1954 by Earl Baltes. Now a must-see destination for every grassroots race fan, Eldora Speedway is owned and operated by NASCAR legend, Tony Stewart. This legendary track is home to the World 100, The Dream and Kings Royal. The nation’s most widely recognized sanctioning groups, including All-Star Sprints, WoO, Late Models, Midgets, Dirt Champ, Modifieds and Stock Cars race at Eldora.
Whether coming for business or pleasure, a long or short stay, family vacations or weekend stop over... visitors will be pleasantly surprised by the broad spectrum of history & heritage, parks & preserves, energy & excitement alive in Darke County, Ohio. It's contagious!