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. Summer Hours: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm - every day of the week Winter Hours: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm - Thursday - SundayMerri Niekamp
6450 Arcanum-Bear's Mill Road
Greenville, OH 45331
Phone: (937) 548-5112
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Historic Downtown Greenville features more than 50 businesses specializing in handmade crafts, collectibles, jewelry, specialty clocks, photography, embroidery, quilt supplies, children's and ladies fine clothing, coffees & chocolates, musical instruments, furniture and kitchen appliances & gadgets. Many unique eateries are located downtown, as well. Shop until you drop or rest for a spell to view the architecture of the area. Historic Downtown Greenville boasts more than 80 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.Amber Garrett
537 S. Broadway, Suite 203
Greenville, OH 45331
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Greenville Public Library
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
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DARKE COUNTY TO OPEN ITS DOORS DURING STATEWIDE CELEBRATION EVENTSeptember 2, 2016
By Susan Hartley, The Early Bird
DARKE COUNTY – The state’s first-ever Ohio Open Doors event is coming to Darke County Sept. 9-18.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, several local historical sites will be open for tours during the 10-day event.
Ohio Open Doors is a statewide effort, where building and landmark hosts open their doors to the public for special tours and programs.
“We wanted to make a big presence,” said Matt Staugler, executive director of Darke County Visitors Bureau.
Staugler is hoping locals as well as visitors to Darke County will take advantage of the opportunities to visit the 10 historical sites representing Darke County during Ohio Open Doors.
Staugler said the opportunity to participate in the statewide celebration came about following this summer’s painting of the Annie Oakley Barn, north of Greenville.
“That got the ball rolling,” he explained.
Open during their regular business hours and admission, if applicable, will be the Garst Museum & National Annie Oakley Center, Historic Bear’s Mill and the Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum.
Darke County also will be well-represented by seven other sites, some not normally open for public use, including:
Versailles Area Museum (“Treasures of the Past”): 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11
Darke County Courthouse: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16 (self-guided tour)
Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall: 12-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17
Greenville Public Library: Saturday, 12-2 p.m. Sept. 17
Studabaker Schoolhouse: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17
Greenville Union Cemetery: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 (self-guided tour)
Versailles Area Museum (“St. Peter’s Homecoming”): 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18
Across Ohio, sites are participating in the open door celebration with special, behind-the-scenes tours and talks at buildings and historic places. The event is being sponsored by the Ohio History Connection.
Visitors will be able to learn interesting facts about each site, Staugler noted. For example, the Darke County Courthouse was designed by Edwin May, who also designed the Indiana State Capitol building in Indianapolis. Also, visitors to the Greenville Union Cemetery will be able to view the Egyptian Mausoleum that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
And, rarely open to the public is the first brick school in Darke County, the Studabaker Schoolhouse, built around 1840 and located right off South State Route 49, south of Greenville. The site is managed by the Fort Greene Ville chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
The Darke County participating sites are being advertised all over the state, with hopes of attracting visitors from out of the area.
“It should be a really neat opportunity for locals as well as visitors,” Staugler said. “This is a perfect opportunity to experience our historical sites here in Darke County.”
For more information on each site throughout the state participating in Ohio Open Doors, visitwww.ohiohistory.org/ood, or call the Darke County Visitors Bureau at 937-548-5158. The Darke County Visitors Bureau is a non-profit destination marketing organization, whose mission is to share and enrich the stories and destinations that make this county unique.
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Harvest Happenings Weekend - September 27 & 28September 22, 2014
Bring along your sense of discovery to experience Harvest Happenings Weekend in Darke County! Our urban-country spirit will be in full swing with farmers' markets, hayrides, pumpkin patches, fresh-pressed cider and other apple treats, small town charm, rich frontier heritage and fine wine.
Download this 2-page flyer here: Harvest Happenings Event Listing
Saturday 10-5 & Sunday 12-5. Enjoy a weekend celebrating the pioneer way of life and the beauty of the natural prairies. See apple butter being made over the fire, play children’s pioneer games, take a horse and wagon ride, compete in foot races and seed-spitting contests, view local artists’ works, enjoy live music and entertainment.
The Darke County Civic Theatre will perform on Saturday at 11 am and 3 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. Enjoy music from the Thien Snipps, Robert DeMange, Silver Grass and more. Between performances, sit-a-spell with the pioneer volunteers in the 200-year-old Log House as they demonstrate many skills such as spinning, leather work and making butter. Try your hand at candle-dipping, tinsmithing or take a wagon ride around the prairie. Take a stroll through the 18th century encampment and watch a tomahawk and knife throwing competition. Visit the Blacksmith Shop to see the master blacksmith working around the forge. Enjoy fresh produce from Downing’s Fruit Farm or visit one of the many non-profit vendors. Participate in a pie-baking contest, try your luck at the annual basket raffle, and so much more. New this year, vendors from the regional Gourd Society will have their artwork on display. The Greenville Art Guild will also offering their 39th annual show and sale.
Transportation from the main parking areas will be provided by Greenville Transit System (GTS). Parking areas will be well marked with plenty of signage. Handicap parking will be held in the paved lot at the Nature Center. Admission and parking are free. Call (937) 548-0165 for more information. www.DarkeCountyParks.org
Brumbaugh Fruit and Fun Farm
Saturday 11-7 & Sunday 12-7. Entertainment for the entire family can be found at "Darke County's Agricultural Playground"! Activities include... hayrides to the Kinda Kooky Korn maze and pumpkin patch, as well as Monster Mountain, Storybook Forest, Grandpa's Fun Acres (petting zoo and playground for the kids, young and old), Willy Worm's Wagon Express, Kid's Korral, Ole' Fishin' Hole (complete with pond and campfire sites), Farmer's Daughter Bakery and Brumbaugh's Market can be explored on this family-owned and operated farm in Arcanum. Admission is $8 for those over 3 years of age and under 65. Call for information, (937) 692-8480 www.BrumbaughFruitFarm.com
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11-5. 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. The Mill Store and Gallery offers original art, local handmade pottery, unique accessories and jewelry, Bears Mill stoneground flours and private labeled food products to pamper. Admission is free. Call for information,
Friday & Saturday 10-4; Sunday 1-4.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 museums major exhibits include The 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. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for Seniors 60+, $5 for youth (6-17) and ages 5 and under are free.
Enjoy free admission for two to The Garst Museum and National Annie Oakley Center as they participate in The Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live!, a national celebration of our country's heritage. Download a coupon at www.Smithsonian.com/museumday. Call for information, (937) 548-5250 www.GarstMuseum.org
A Day of Harvest
Saturday 9-1. Enjoy the fruits of local farmers' labor at the Farmers' Market in downtown Greenville! www.downtowngreenville.org
KitchenAid Experience Retail Center
Friday & Saturday 9-6. The KitchenAid Experience Retail Center 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. You’ll find all the special KitchenAid colors, styles and accessories you’ve been wanting as well as any innovative, new products KitchenAid is constantly developing. Call for information (888) 886-8318.
Thrill of the Grill at The Winery at Versailles
Friday, 6:00 to 7:30 & Saturday 5:00 to 7:30. Enjoy The Winery's most popular and longest running event, Thrill of the Grill! Call today for reservations. Meal includes warm bread, salad, baked potato, dessert, bottle of wine and your choice of meat for $60/couple (plus tax and gratuity). Call for reservations, (937) 526-3232.
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. There will be more than 40 vendors bringing antiques, primitives, country, handmade goodes and ole rusty junk for your shopping pleasure. Music will be provided both days by Berachah Valley, gospel/bluegrass. Enjoy blacksmith demonstrations, and more. Event at Country Lane Treasures, 4790 Grubbs-Rex Rd., Arcanum, (937) 475-5971.
Darke County United Way Tractor Cruise
Saturday at 10 am. The Tractor Cruise will parade through Greenville beginning at the Fairgrounds traveling from Martz Street down Fair Street to Washington, from Washington onto Broadway, around the traffic circle, onto Main Street, and traveling back to the fairgrounds via Chestnut St/Fort Jefferson Ave. In past years, forty tractors participated in the event. (937) 547-1272.
Terry & Julie Clark of Bear's Mill are Darke County Visitors Bureau's 2013 Tourism Citizens of the YearJuly 8, 2013
The Darke County Visitors Bureau Tourism Citizen of the Year award was presented to Julie and Terry Clark. Tourism Board Member and Director of Darke County Park District, Roger Van Frank, presented the award.
The Clarks own Historic Bear’s Mill, having purchased it in 1978 shortly after it had been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1848, Bears Mill is the oldest water-powered mill still operating in Ohio. Thousands of visitors a year explore the 4-story building. It is surrounded by walking trails and provides its own power through a water-powered generator.
Julie Clark is a talented pottery artist while Terry is a retired truck driver. Operation of the mill was turned over to a 501c3 group, Friends of Bears Mill, in 1999.
Caption: Julie Clark accepts the 2013 Darke County Visitors Bureau Tourism Citizen of the Year award from Tourism Board Member Roger Van Frank (Center) as her husband and joint recipient Terry Clark looks on. (Bob Robinson photo)