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Western Ohio's Frontier Trail

The story of America has deep roots in western Ohio. Pioneers longed to settle this fertile area, while native tribes fought to maintain hold of their ancestral lands. Several famous Americans had their lives shaped by events that took place here, including "Mad" Anthony Wayne, Blue Jacket, Lewis & Clark, Tecumseh and future President of the United States William Henry Harrison. Discover their stories along Western Ohio's Frontier Trail.

Over 900 acres of battlefield serve as the backdrop for the Fort Recovery sites. The museum's three floors of displays/dioramas depict two of the largest and most significant Indian/Army battles in the U.S. Adjoining is the partial reconstruction of the fort, two blockhouses and connecting stockade, as well as the Greenville Treaty Line Marker. The Fort Recovery Monument, a 101 foot tall obelisk, is the country's largest tomb of unknown soldiers. Visitors can pursue two log cabins, the Walk-By Museum, Franke Historic Walkway, Battlefield Walkway, Prehistoric Exhibition, Pioneer Cemetery, Shawnee Burial Site, Eagle Point, Van Trees Park, etc. and several large murals depicting the era.

1 Fort Site Street

Fort Recovery, Ohio

Fort St. Marys was first established in 1794 by General "Mad" Anthony Wayne during the Northwest Territory Indian War and abandoned in 1796. Rebuilt in 1813 during the War of 1812 and abandoned in 1818.

381 West Spring Street

St. Mary's, Ohio

The Garst Museum, a historical museum with roots in the American experience, houses over 300,000 artifacts on display in 35,000 square feet of exhibit space within six major and two minor venues. The Garst House, which earlier served as an inn, has six building wing additions since the house was donated to the Darke County Historical Society in 1946.

205 North Broadway

Greenville, Ohio 

Take a step back in time and explore the meaning behind Greenville being the Treaty City. The recreated Native American Peace Council House, located at Prairie Ridge meadow across from the Garst Museum, is a modern day reconstruction of the Council House built by General Anthony Wayne during the Treaty of Greene Ville talks in 1795. Its construction was made possible through the efforts of the Treaty of Greene Ville Bicentennial Committee. Open on scheduled weekends from spring through fall.

441 Wilson Drive

Greenville, Ohio

A walk along this paved interpretive trail will lead visitors to the historically significant confluence of Greenville and Mud Creeks called Tecumseh Point. Here Chief Tecumseh burned fires from 1805-1808 in peaceful protest of the Treaty of Greene Ville which opened the Northwest Territory to settlement.

104 North Broadway

Greenville, Ohio

The Altar of Peace is an eternal flame that commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Greene Ville in 1795.

206 Memorial Drive 

Greenville, Ohio

Public Square

Greenville, Ohio

Find the stone memorial recalling that this small park was the site of Fort Jefferson from 1791 to 1796. A confederacy of American Indians defeated Gen. Arthur St. Clair’s army in a 1791 battle that became known as “St. Clair’s Defeat,” and the army retreated to Fort Jefferson. 

121 Weaver-Fort Jefferson Road

Greenville, Ohio

Darke County's largest park that encompasses 118 acres of prairie, forest and wetland habitats.  The Nature Center is home to a variety of displays, houses our animal ambassadors and is the site of many natural and cultural programming.  The 18th century Log House and Blacksmith Shop are open to the public on most Saturday's May through September.

4267 State Route 502 West

Greenville, Ohio

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