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The Garst Museum offers over 35,000 square feet of exhibit space within six building wings. Featured are The National Annie Oakley Center and the foremost collection dedicated to the life of Annie Oakley. The museum’s major exhibits include The National Annie Oakley Center, the Treaty of Green Ville and “Mad” Anthony Wayne, Tecumseh and Native Americans, Lowell Thomas, an extensive military collection, period American furnishings, county history, and agricultural artifacts. The museum also offers a well-staffed genealogy research library and a unique store. 

205 N. Broadway St.
Greenville, OH 45331 
Phone: (937) 548-5250
Email: information@garstmuseum.org 

Built in 1849, this water powered flour mill is an authentic example of a stone grinding mill of its time. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, it is still in use today to grind a variety of local grains. Self-guided tours may be taken during normal business hours with guided tours available by appointment. Call to make arrangements: 937 548 5112. This mill is operated by a non-profit organization. Proceeds from donations and the Mill Store keep Bear’s Mill alive. The Mill Store and Gallery offers original art which changes every month, local handmade pottery, unique women’s accessories and jewelry, Bear’s Mill stoneground flours and private labeled food products to pamper you and your loved ones. Groups welcome.

6450 Arcanum-Bear's Mill Road
Greenville, OH 45331 
Phone: (937) 548-5112
Email: martigoetz@bearsmill.com 

The Bradford Railroad Museum is dedicated to the preservation of Bradford, Ohio's railroad heritage. The railroad was once a significant part of Bradford's economy, employing many who manned the trains, worked in the switching yards and in the roundhouse where steam locomotives were kept and serviced between runs.

The museum has restored Bradford's former Pennsylvania Railroad BF interlocking tower and opened a museum in the former bank building. The museum contains photos and displays that will allow the visitor to journey through Bradford's railroad history. In 2014, those dedicated to this effort will add a children’s area and an N-Scale model of the yards.

200 N. Miami Ave.
Bradford, OH 45308 
Phone: (937) 423-1795
Email: bormrr@embarqmail.com 

See an original Model H KitchenAid Stand Mixer, some are still in use today, as well as how it has been improved and refined over the years. Discover timeless craftsmanship and authentic, vintage KitchenAid artifacts, advertisements and products that will take you back in time and illustrate KitchenAid brand’s distinct heritage that is second to none.

423 South Broadway
Greenville, OH 45331 
Toll Free: (888) 886-8318 
Phone: (937) 316-4779
Email: gloria_f_brinley@kitchenaid.com 

Located in Mercer County, only 30 minutes north of Greenville, this fort is the site of two of the most dramatic Indian battles in American history. The first was the devastating defeat of General Arthur St. Clair in 1791 and the second, the successful defense of the fort by General “Mad” Anthony Wayne in 1794. An 1840 log cabin and blacksmith shop are nearby. Two reconstructed blockhouses, a connecting stockade and many exhibits depicting the Indian wars of the 1790's are housed in the museum. The museum gallery also displays one of the largest collections of Indian artifacts in the state of Ohio.

 

1 Fort Site Street
Fort Recovery, OH 45846

419-375-4649

Dedicated on August 3, 1997, the council house honors the Native American tribes who signed the Treaty of Greene Ville. Information and tours for the Council House can be obtained through the Darke County Park District at (937) 548-0165.

Wilson Drive
Greenville, OH 45331 
Phone: (937) 548-0165
Email: info@darkecountyparks.org 

Fort Greene Ville

Anthony Wayne constructed the second official settlement in Darke County, Greene Ville, in 1793 along Greenville Creek. This military headquarters was the largest log fortified structure ever built, encompassing 55+ acres of land enclosed by wooden stockades and blockhouses. The fort stood for six years and was partially rebuilt during the War of 1812.

There are three markers within the area that the fort encompassed to view. One is an historic marker located on the public square; another is The Treaty Stone also located on the public square in downtown Greenville to denote the signing of the Treaty of Greenville in 1795 and the third is a monument located on the corner of West Main and Elm which denotes the located where the Treaty was signed.

Many artifacts were uncovered by local archeologist, Tony DeRegnaucourt from Wayne and his troops from two sites in modern Greenville. For more information, contact the Garst Museum at (937) 548-5250.

Traffic Circle

Greenville, OH 
Phone: (937) 548-5250 

The Versailles Area Museum collects and interprets the history of Versailles, Ohio, founded in 1819. The museum is open Sundays from 1PM-4PM, and closed the month of January.

552 S. West St.
Versailles, OH 45380
Phone: (937) 526-4222
Email: vmuseum@centurylink.net

Originally General St. Clair's outpost in 1791, this area is now a state park with historic markers located five miles south of Greenville off St. Rt. 121 near Wayne Lakes.

 

Fort Jefferson State Memorial
Greenville, OH 45331

This structure was built in 1901 with the assistance of Andrew Carnegie and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This library features an extensive genealogy room with microfilm of Darke County's newspapers from over 100 years ago, as well as many books of historical significance.

 

520 Sycamore St.
Greenville, OH 45331 
Phone: (937) 548-3915 

The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting and disseminating the history of Southern Darke County and the Village of Arcanum located in Southwestern Ohio.

The Society was founded in March of 2004 and is comprised of members who share a common interest of "Connecting the Present, to the Past."

The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society, Inc. meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of September, November, January, March & May at 123 W. George St. Arcanum.

 

123 W. George St.
Arcanum, OH 45304
Phone: (937) 417-6462

Located in Auglaize County only 40 minutes northeast of Greenville, this museum is dedicated to the history of cycling. The Bicycle Museum of America opened in 1997 in downtown New Bremen and features over 250 vintage bicycles, which includes a collection of over 150 Schwinn Bicycles from the former Chicago Museum.

 

7 West Monroe Street
North Bremen, OH 45869 
Phone: (419) 629-9249 

Zachary Landsdowne Residence

Located on East Third Street at the corner of Locust Street, this gray shingle house is the birthplace of Lansdowne, who was the commander of the U.S.S. Shenandoah which crashed September 3, 1925 in Noble County, Ohio, killing Lansdowne and 13 of his crew. This private residence is on the National Register of Historic Sites. More information about Lansdowne can be found at the Garst Museum.

 

E 3rd St & Locust St
Greenville, OH 45331

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