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Welcome to Darke County
Darke County was named for Lt. Col. William Darke, a Revolutionary war officer who fought many battles with Native Americans resisting the encroachment of settlers on their lands in this area.
Greenville was the site of Fort Greene Ville, constructed in 1793 by the army of General Anthony Wayne. It was one of a series of ten "Indian Wars" forts, extending from Fort Washington at Cincinnati in the south to Fort Wayne, Indiana, in the north. It was named in honor of General Wayne’s Revolutionary War co-patriot, General Nathanael Greene. Fort Greene Ville was a 50-acre tract of ground enclosed by a wooden stockade and blockhouses. It had a parade ground large enough for the drilling of 2,000 men. History says it was the largest log structure ever built in North America. It stood for six years.
Darke County is home to some of the most historic events and personalities in America. In 1795 General Anthony Wayne signed the Treaty of Greene Ville, opening much of the West to settlement.
Annie Oakley, one of America’s most famous women, was one of the best shots in the world. "Little Miss Sure Shot" was known around the world, yet called Darke County her home.
You can experience much of what makes Darke County unique on your visit here. Whether you’re studying artifacts about Annie Oakley or Lowell Thomas housed in the Garst Museum or traipsing through the streets of Arcanum in search of antique treasures in one of six antique stores, Darke County will make you feel at home.
Darke County is Ohio’s top agricultural county and visitors can experience what its like on a farm by visiting working farms. Octagonal barns are vanishing quickly, but Darke County has two beautiful examples of the large storage barns. You can take a self-guided tour through Darke County and see these barns and other beautiful country landmarks as you enjoy the quiet relaxation Darke County affords.
If you choose to visit during one of the many community festivals held throughout the spring and summer months you can be sure you’re welcome. The Great Darke County Fair is known as the world’s greatest county fair and one visit there will convince you.
Altar of Peace – This monument in Greenville’s City Park commemorates the signing of the treaty of Greene Ville in 1795. This treaty with the Indians opened up the Northwest Territory to settlement.
Annie Oakley Memorial Park – Located at the intersection of Martin, Broadway and Washington streets in Greenville, this park features a life-size bronze statue of Annie Oakley.
Bear’s Mill – 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road, Greenville, Ohio 45331 – (937) 548-5112 An operating grist mill which features handmade pottery and other items for sale.
Chapel of the Wind – A quaint chapel located in a small wooded area on St. Route 36 south of Greenville.
Coppess Nature Preserve – a 32-acre park located between Ansonia and Union City on Young Road south of State Route 47 featuring a half-mile walkway.
Fort Jefferson – 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 of State Route 121.
Garst Museum – 205 North Broadway, Greenville, Ohio 45331 – (937) 548-5250 The Lowell Thomas house is also located on the museum grounds. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 1-4:30 p.m. The museum is closed the month of January.
Greenville City Park – Many shelter houses, championship horseshoe pitching and shuffleboard courts, swimming pool, basketball courts, fishing and wildlife make this park a gathering place for families and friends.
Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall – Built in 1910 this grand building is the center for the arts in Darke County. Also housed in this building are the Anna Bier Gallery and the Civic Room. Located on West Fourth Street in Greenville.
Routzong Preserve – A 51-acre wooded preserve located on Routzong Road five miles southeast of Greenville off State Route 571 featuring several trails on level ground and many spring woodland wildflowers beginning in late April.
Shawnee Prairie – Location of the Darke County Park District office, this park is on the site of Prophetstown, a Shawnee village formed by Tecumseh’s brother.
Tecumseh Point – The "Point" is formed by the confluence of Mud and Greenville Creeks where the Shawnee Chief Tecumseh burned symbolic fires from 1804 to 1809 to protest the 1795 Treaty of Greenville. This park features a paved walkway with historical markers and is on land called Prophetstown. Located just across the North Broadway Bridge in Greenville.
The Treaty Stone – A monument located on the public square in downtown Greenville marks the approximate spot where General Anthony Wayne signed the Treaty of GreeneVille in 1795.
Zachary Lansdowne 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, a helium-filled dirigible, 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.
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