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Bear's Mill

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 - Sunday

Merri Niekamp
6450 Arcanum-Bear's Mill Road
Greenville, OH 45331
Phone: (937) 548-5112
Email: merri@bearsmill.com
Website: www.bearsmill.com
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Downtown Greenville

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
Phone: (937) 548-4998
Fax: (937) 548-2385
Email: info@downtowngreenville.org
Website: www.downtowngreenville.org
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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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Harvest Happenings Weekend - September 27 & 28

September 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

Prairie Days

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

Bear's Mill

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,
(937) 548-5112www.BearsMill.com

Garst Museum

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.

Harvest Extravaganza

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 Year

July 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)

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