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Look Inside For Some of Ohio’s Best Attractions!

Darke County Flavor. Taste it. 800.504.2995 | VisitDarkeCounty.org


History comes alive at Prairie Days at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve

Welcome to Darke County Some folks think Ohio = ordinary. They believe there just can’t be anything interesting way out there in the middle of fields and farmlands. Small towns, after all, have little to offer a traveler who is search of something to light-their-fire…right?

We beg to differ. In fact, we think our little corner of the world is pretty amazing. ABOUT THIS GUIDE

The Darke County Visitors Bureau produces the bi-annual Darke County Visitors Guide. The listings found within are current as of January 2018 and all attempts have been made to verify the accuracy of the content. The Darke County Visitors Bureau assumes no liability for incorrect or outdated information. We are a primarily public founded organization and do not evaluate restaurants, attractions, accommodations or events listed in this guide. For advertising information, questions or comments about this guide, please contact our office at 800.504.2995.

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Here in Darke County, we have a mix of people, places, activities, and ideas that will satisfy the tastes of shoppers, cooks, nature lovers, race fans, oenophiles (that’s a wine lover for those who don’t know), artists, farmers, history buffs, and even a foodie or two. How do we satisfy all those tastes in one place? Over the years, we’ve developed the perfect recipe. We’re as flavorful here as grandma’s strawberry-rhubarb pie. We may be small, but we’ve always been about breaking through. Nothing ordinary about us…no siree. See for yourself. Kick back and find your flavor in this handy guide. You can also check us out online at www.visitdarkecounty.org. Matt Staugler Executive Director Darke County Visitor’s Bureau


Explore this guide to discover the wonderful experiences that await you in Darke County!

Scott Hagen, The Barn Artist, makes history more visible for travelers along U.S. 127 north of Greenville

421 S. Broadway Street Greenville, Ohio 45331 toll free: 1.800.504.2995 local: 937.548.5158 email: info@visitdarkecounty.org web: VisitDarkeCounty.org Facebook: DarkeCountyOhio Twitter: @DarkeCountyOhio Instagram: @DarkeCountyOhio

Brochure Photo Credits: Clayton Chavez, Lux Everlasting Photography Timothy Clopp, Timothy Clopp Photography Amber Garrett, Look Here Photography

4 Welcome to Darke County 7 Darke County Flavor 8 Must Sees 12 Five Fab Freebies 14 Legends & Legacies 17 Small Town Finds 18 Whiskey, Wine & Ale Trail 22 Antiques & Vintage 25 Best of Ohio 27 Downtown Greenville 30 Map 32 Lodging 35 Visit Like a Local in Versailles 38 Restaurants 45 Nature, Parks & Preserves 48 Events 52 Arts & Culture 56 City & Villages 60 Locate & Relocate

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Chef preparing a meal at the Bistro off Broadway

EntrÊe prepared by Michael Anthony’s at the Inn

Specialty pizza served by The Merchant House

Fresh-squeezed lemonade at The GREAT! Darke County Fair

Spirits aged to perfection at Indian Creek Distillery

Hometown Holiday Parade in Downtown Greenville


TASTE THE HISTORY. TASTE THE CULTURE. TASTE THE FRIENDLINESS. TASTE THE ADVENTURE. Enjoying a glass of wine at A.R. Winery in Arcanum

TASTE THE FUN.

Darke County Flavor. Taste it! In Darke County, we’re all about flavor. Come visit us and see for yourself! Barbecue ribs, fresh-squeezed lemonade, and—why not— some fluffy cotton candy. Sumptuous salads, juicy pork chops, audacious deep dish pizzas. Hand-pressed apple cider, freshbrewed espresso, carefully crafted pale ales. Fresh tomatoes and fragrant herbs, Mexican fajitas and Italian lasagna, walleye almondine and fish & chips. Sour, sweet, spicy, savory, and everything in between. Goodness, our mouths are watering just thinking about it all. You can tell a lot about a place by its flavors, by what it cultivates, harvests, cooks, brews, and shares with friends, family, and visitors. Here in Darke County, our flavors can be hard to pin down. We offer a little bit of everything, and we pass those varied flavors around our generous tables, sharing stories and jokes along with food and drink. The meals leave us full, but it’s the laughter that leaves us satisfied. What can you tell about Darke County from our flavors? That we care about tradition but we’re open to new ideas. That we know the best things in life are found at home, but you have to let the outside world in a little bit too. That we understand being healthy is important, but sometimes what your heart really needs is a little guilty pleasure. That we take the time to do things right.

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A man who knew a thing or two about farming and food once said, “the people who give you their food give you their heart.” We have a lot of both here in Darke County, and we’re proud to share them if you care to stop by. Of course, flavor is about a lot more than what’s on your plate or in your glass, and you can get a taste of what we’re all about at our festivals and fairs, our art galleries and music concerts, our charming shops, holiday parades, and mud-flingin’ auto races. But no matter what the activity, be sure to follow it up with a generous portion of something tasty from one of our restaurants, wineries, cafes, or bakeries. In fact, try a few, just for good measure. Chinese poet Yuan Mei once said:

There is a difference between dining and eating. Dining is an art. When you eat to get the most out of your meal, to please the palette, just as well as to satiate the appetite, that, my friend, is dining.

We couldn’t agree more. We know a thing or two about dining around these parts, and we’d love to share a meal with you once we’ve shown you around our towns and countryside. We’ve got a lot going on in our neck of the woods, so come on out and taste the flavor of Darke County. #DarkeCountyFlavor

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Excitement abounds for all ages at the Garst Museum Exploring unique treasures found in the Mill Store at Bear’s Mill Thousands of fans enjoying the thrill of the race at Eldora Speedway

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Must Sees

From hidden gems to legendary finds, they’re yours to discover in Darke County Bear’s Mill 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Rd., Greenville (937) 548-5112 | BearsMill.com

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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 with guided tours available by appointment. The Mill Store and Gallery offers original art, local handmade pottery, unique accessories and jewelry, Bear’s Mill stone-ground flours and private labeled food products to pamper. Groups welcome. Closed on Mondays.

Eldora Speedway 13929 St. Rt. 118, New Weston (937) 338-3815 | EldoraSpeedway.com

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Owned and operated by NASCAR legend, Tony Stewart, this 1/2 mile dirt oval is home to the World 100, The Dream, Kings Royal and NASCAR Truck Series. The Nation’s most widely recognized race cars and sanctioning groups, including All Star, World of Outlaws and USAC Sprints, Late Models, Midgets, Dirt Champ, Modifieds, Stock Cars and NASCAR trucks race at Eldora! This track is located 18 miles north of Greenville. Seasonal: April - September


Ladies enjoying an afternoon at the KitchenAid Experience® Retail Center

Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center 205 N. Broadway, Greenville (937) 548-5250 | GarstMuseum.org | AnnieOakleyCenterFoundation.com

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The Garst Museum offers over 35,000 square feet of exhibit space within six building wings. Featured is 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 Greene 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 staffed genealogy research library and a unique store. Groups welcome. Closed on Mondays.

Inn at Versailles 21 W. Main St., Versailles (937) 526-3020 | InnatVersailles.com

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This Euro-American inn and restaurant offer excellent, one-of-a-kind accommodations and delicious fare. Featuring twenty-two guest rooms and uniquely remodeled suites, this boutique inn is located in the heart of the Village of Versailles on the town square.

423 S. Broadway, Greenville 1-888-886-8318 | KitchenAid.com/experience

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The KitchenAid Experience Retail Center brings passion alive through exceptional products, cooking demonstrations (Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 10:30 am) 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. You’ll find all the special KitchenAid colors, styles and accessories you’ve been wanting as well as many innovative, new products and a complete line of gadgets, bakeware, cookware, cutlery, and textiles. Groups welcome.

Ghyslain Chocolatier 350 W. Deerfield Rd., Union City, IN (765) 964-7905 | ghyslain.com Since 1998, connoisseurs of gourmet chocolate and fine French pastries have visited Union City to enjoy tours and shopping in the chocolate boutique. Ghyslain is known for quality and creativity. The bright colors, hand-painted decorations, imaginative themes and renowned flavors of the chocolates and pastries set Ghyslain apart.

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Fresh local craft beer from Moeller Brew Barn, part of the Whiskey, Wine & Ale Trail

Must Sees

From hidden gems to legendary finds, they’re yours to discover in Darke County

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Journey through Bradford’s railroad history at the Bradford Railroad Museum

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KitchenAid Stand Mixer Factory Tour 1701 KitchenAid Way, Greenville SEE AD ON PG. (888) 886-8318 | KitchenAid.com/experience 64 Discover the only place on Earth where the famous KitchenAid stand mixer is hand-built. This backstage tour is a one-hour walking event and showcases the operations that build every KitchenAid stand mixer. Tours run Tuesday through Friday at 12:30 pm. The cost is $5 per person. Tours are for individuals age 12 and over. Closed-toe / heel shoes and safety glasses are required. Please call (937) 547-2876 to schedule your personal tour today.

Whiskey, Wine & Ale Trail

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Multiple locations The Darke County Whiskey, Wine & Ale Trail is a tribute to the American Spirit and to individuals who appreciate its taste and heritage. It is a touring destination unlike any other, consisting of three wineries, two breweries, and a distillery. Each locale offers its own distinctive experience and authentic character with locally grown and produced spirits to sip, savor, and enjoy, time and time again.


Zip lining through the orchard at Brumbaugh Fruit & Fun Farm

St. Clair Manor offers the perfect setting for social gatherings

Brumbaugh Fruit & Fun Farm

Bradford Railroad Museum

6420 Hollansburg-Arcanum Rd., Arcanum (937) 692-8084 | Brumbaughfruitfarm.com Entertainment for the entire family can be found at “Darke County’s Agricultural Playground”! Activities include hayrides, Kinda Kooky Korn maze and pumpkin patch, Monster Mountain, Storybook Forest, Grandpa’s Fun Acres, Petting zoo, playground for the kids, Willy Worm’s Wagon Express, Kid’s Korral, Ole’ Fishin’ Hole, Farmer’s Daughter Bakery and Brumbaugh’s Market. Families, groups and school groups are welcome to explore this family-owned and operated farm.

SEE AD 200 North Miami Ave., Bradford ON PG. 54 (937) 552-2196 | BradfordRRMuseum.org The railroad was a significant part of Bradford’s economy, employing many who manned the trains, worked in the switching yards and the roundhouse where steam locomotives were kept. The museum allows visitors to explore nearly 130 years of Bradford railroad history, including the restored BF Tower, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Downtown Greenville

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ON PG (937) 548-4998 | DowntownGreenville.org 26-27 This distinct district is experiencing a re-emergence of culture and artisanal craftsmanship featured in businesses specializing in handmade crafts, collectibles, jewelry, specialty clocks, embroidery, fine clothing and shoes, coffees and chocolates, musical instruments, furniture, kitchen appliances and gadgets, as well as unique eateries. Groups welcome.

Sculptural Village of Versailles (800) 504-2995 On permanent display in the quaint village of Versailles are twelve bronze, life-size sculptures plus a unique historical arch and brick wall. The sculptures depict family values, activities, careers, history and French heritage of the area.

St. Clair Manor

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SE 224 E. Third St., Greenville ON PG. 44 (937) 548-2524 Built during the Victorian Era, the St. Clair Manor offers the elegance of days gone by with today’s modern conveniences; the perfect setting for all gatherings. Situated in the historic downtown Greenville district, the Manor is within walking distance of restaurants, shops and entertainment.

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Fab Freebies Be entertained and engaged without breaking the bank. Here are some great family friendly experiences – all for free!

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KitchenAid ® Experience Retail and Heritage Center

Bring your passion alive through exceptional products, cooking demonstrations and exciting events that celebrate the spirit and pride that is KitchenAid. Explore the store. Enjoy a culinary adventure. Learn the heritage

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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 and is still in use today. Enjoy history, nature and culture at this treasured gem. Explore the grounds, tour the Mill and enjoy the “Art at The Mill” series featuring monthly gallery shows and receptions

of KitchenAid.

for local artists.

423 S. Broadway, Greenville 888.886.8318 KitchenAid.com/experience

6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road, Greenville 937.548.5112 | BearsMill.com


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First Fridays

An array of activities take place on the

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Shawnee Prairie Preserve

This 118-acre preserve is the largest

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Tecumseh Trail Multiuse Path

Enjoy over seven miles of Darke County

first Friday of the month from March

Darke County park. Enjoy a leisurely

Parks’ multi-use trail system leading you

to December in downtown Greenville.

walk through trails showcasing woodlands,

through pristine habitats. As you bike,

Downtown businesses extend their

wetlands and prairies. Take a class at the

run, walk, or ride along the path, you

hours to embrace the evening

Nature Center and enjoy a heritage

can hope to encounter a wide variety

atmosphere while people enjoy shopping,

lesson at an 18th century Log House

of wild flowers, colorful songbirds,

activities, demonstrations, food, and

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historic bridges and flawless creeks.

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music in a beautiful historic setting.

S. Broadway, Greenville MainStreetGreenville.org

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Take a ride back through history and discover Bradford’s railroad heritage at the newly renovated Bradford Railroad Museum

Altar of Peace

Legends and Legacies Peek through time to discover our adventurous and infectious spirit.

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Memorial Hill, Greenville City Park (937) 548-5250 | GarstMuseum.org This monument, located in Greenville City Park commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Greene Ville in 1795. This treaty opened the Northwest Territory to settlement. For more information on the Treaty, the Native Americans and General Wayne, visit Garst Museum.

The National Annie Oakley Center

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205 N. Broadway, Greenville (937) 548-5250 | AnnieOakleyCenterFoundation.com Annie Oakley was America’s first female superstar and a role model for today’s woman. Unlike Hollywood’s image of a western, rough and tumble tomboy, Annie was a true Victorian woman who loved lace, silver, beautiful furnishings, and elegant clothing and yet was blessed with physical athleticism. The newly updated National Annie Oakley Center at the Garst Museum features exhibits dedicated to her personal and professional life and her impact on modern popular culture. Groups welcome.

Anthony Wayne Peace Council House 151 Wilson Dr., Greenville (937) 548-0165 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.


Stone also located on the public square to denote the signing of the Treaty of Greene Ville in 1795 and the third is a monument located on the corner of West Main and Elm Streets, which denotes the location where the Treaty was signed.

Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society 123 W. George St., Arcanum | (937) 692-6462 ArcanumHistoricalSociety.org This non-profit organization is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting and disseminating the history of Southern Darke County, the Village of Arcanum and Wayne Trail, located in Southwestern Ohio.

Fort Jefferson State Memorial

Bear’s Mill SEE AD 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Rd., Greenville ON PG. 55 (937) 548-5112 | BearsMill.com 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.

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SEE A 200 N. Miami Ave., Bradford ON PG. 54 (937) 423-1795 | Bradfordrrmuseum.org The Bradford Railroad Museum is a group 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.

Darke County Courthouse 504 S. Broadway, Greenville Designed by architect Edwin May and built in 1874, the Darke County Courthouse is still used today. The courthouse features Second Empire and Renaissance architecture and is built predominantly of stone.

Fort Greene Ville (937) 548-5250 | GarstMuseum.org 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. There are three markers within the area that the fort encompassed to view. One is an historic marker located on the public square in downtown Greenville; another is The Treaty

St. Rt. 121 S., Greenville Originally General St. Clair’s outpost in 1791, this area is a state historic site located five miles south of Greenville near Wayne Lakes.

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SEE A 1 Fortsite St., Fort Recovery ON PG. 54 (419) 375-4649 | FortRecovery.org Located in Mercer County, only 30 minutes north of Greenville, this museum completes the lessons learned at Garst Museum with an authentic log cabin, blacksmith shop, two reconstructed blockhouses, a connecting stockade and many exhibits depicting the Indian Wars of the 1790’s. The museum gallery displays one of the largest collections of Indian artifacts in the state of Ohio.

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KitchenAid Heritage Center

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423 S. Broadway, Greenville ON PG. 64 (888) 886-8318 | KitchenAid.com/experience 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.

Versailles Area Historical Society 552 S. West St., Versailles | (937) 526-4222 VersaillesAreaHistoricalSociety.blogspot.com The VAHS shares the history of nine area communities and of time gone by, anchored by the theme that ‘All Roads Lead Home.’ Hours are Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. and by appointment. Find us on Facebook at ‘Versailles Area Historical Society.’

Zachary Lansdowne Residence E. 3rd St & Locust St., Greenville A simple, shingled house stands as the birthplace of Lansdowne, who commanded the U.S.S. Shenandoah which crashed in 1925 in Noble County, Ohio, killing Lansdowne. This private residence is on the National Register of Historic Sites.

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Testing out appliances at KitchenAid Experience

Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe

One of the haunting faces of the Ghost Walk

Picking the perfect apple at Brumbaugh Fruit Farm

Award-winning wines from Kennedy Vineyard

Savory craft beer from Moeller Brew Barn

Sandwich from The Merchant House

Craft beer on tap at Tailspin Brewing Co.

Delicious dinner at The Merchant House


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A collection of treasure spots are waiting to be found nestled in and around the wide-open spaces of Darke County. You’ll find a welcome mat and friendly face at each and every stop. You’ll find a little bit of everything here in Darke County, Ohio. We have rolling farmland, charming small towns, and the kind of sophisticated shops and eateries you might expect to find only in a big city. Whether you hail from the sticks or keep house in a high-rise, you’ll find something to write home about in Darke County. Our biggest town, Greenville, sits right smack in the middle of the county (hop on any county road with a number for a name and it’ll probably lead there). Greenville’s the county seat, and it has more than enough dining seats to go around, no matter what you enjoy. No trip to Greenville is complete without a visit to The Maid-Rite Sandwich Shop, home of the tastiest loose meat sandwiches in the world. Grab a shake and a few “Maid-Rites” and you’ll be chowing down on a local legend. When you’re done, be sure to carry on the tradition of sticking a piece of gum to the exterior wall. A little weird? You betcha, but sometimes weird is more fun. Just up the street (Broadway, that is), you’ll find a quaint downtown of century-old buildings and charming businesses and restaurants. Shop for haute couture at Sadie Grace or one of the other locally owned clothing shops, and grab some haute cuisine at one of several excellent eateries like The Merchant House or The Bistro Off Broadway. Sip some piping hot coffee at one of several coffee shops, or have a glass of wine with lunch (we won’t tell) at Montage Cafe.

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Want to cook up something tasty yourself? Swing by the KitchenAid Experience to grab all the utensils, cooking appliances, and fancy kitchen gadgets you’ll need (and learn a little about the history of KitchenAid while you’re at it), and then walk across to the courthouse lawn on Saturday mornings in the Summer to visit a bustling farmers market with fresh local produce ready to be sliced and diced. The rest of the county has some treats in store for you as well. There are three small wineries peppered around the county, including one with a brand-spanking-new craft brewery attached. Kennedy Vineyard and Big Rack Brewing pour their tasty libations near New Madison in the southern part of the county, while A.R. Winery sits out west near Arcanum. Up north, you can stop in at the beloved Winery at Versailles for one of their award-winning pours (or bottles, if you’ve been good all week). While you’re up around those parts, book a table at Michael Anthony’s at the Inn for a meal so good you’ll swear you’ve died and gone to Italy. Whatever your heart desires, we’ve got you covered, from fruit farms that have been in the same family for generations, to new restaurants on the cutting edge of cuisine (pun intended). Big town, small town, or no town at all, Darke County is the place to be! #DarkeCountyFlavor

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7095 Staley Rd. New Carlisle, OH 45344 937.846.1443 staleymillfarmanddistillery.com

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Join us on the trail and enjoy locally grown and produced spirits to sip, savor, and enjoy, time and time again!

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• Visit Preble County’s first and only winery located in an original 1890’s one-room brick schoolhouse

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internationally award winning wines made on-site

A.R. Winery is nestled between Greenville & Dayton, just outside of Arcanum, in the country. Enjoy a delicious wood-fired brick-oven pizza while sipping on award-winning sweet fruit wines on the farm! Visit our website for hours & upcoming events!

• Events throughout the year • Relax and enjoy Preble County’s finest winery 152 State Route 726 Eaton OH 45320 www.oshwinery.com 937-472-WINE (9463)

of spirit-making will quench your thirst for discovery. A.R. Winery | 3564 Gordon-Landis Rd. | Arcanum, OH 45304 9937.417.0565 | www.arwinery.com |

Family-owned and operated to bring you award-winning wines & craft beer in a family-friendly atmosphere.

3911 St. Rt. 722, New Madison, OH 45346 937.273.8381 | kennedyvineyard.net | bigrackbrewery.com


Antiques & Vintage Unique finds, antique treasures and vintage props are in abundance in Darke County.

Ansonia

Greenville

Union City

Red Lantern Mercantile

Ann’s Gifts & Antiques

Oak Street Antiques

Cratiques Antiques & Collectibles

Union City Antique Mall

9585 Kester Byard Rd. (937) 417-3290 Hours vary, always open by appointment

Arcanum The Iron Key

112 W. George St. (937) 430-7651 Fri - Sun: 10 am - 4 pm

The Olde Nostalgia Shoppe 104 W. George St. (937) 692-5055 Sat: 10 am - 6 pm

Staley’s Antiques

7 N. Sycamore St. (937) 692-8050 Tues, Thurs & Sat: 10 am - 5 pm Wed & Fri: 11 am - 5 pm Sun: 12 - 5 pm

426 S. Broadway (937) 548-6301 Mon - Fri: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm Sat: 9 am - 3 pm

Shelly’s Antiques & Decor 134 W. Fourth St. (937) 417-3194 Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri: 10 am - 4 pm Sat: 11 am - 3 pm

Woodmill Co. Antiques 349 W. Park Dr. (937) 547-0306 Sat & Sun: 12 - 6 pm

New Paris

The Old School House

Jamboree Antiques Mall

Brookville The Little Shop Antiques & Gardens 11716 Baltimore-Phillipsburg Rd. (937) 884-5948 Fri - Sun: 11 am - 5 pm

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201 N. Columbia St. (765) 964-3203 Mon - Thurs: 10 am - 5 pm Fri: 10 am - 7 pm Sat: 10 am - 5 pm

144 W. Fourth St. (937) 581-4545 Tues - Fri: 12 - 5 pm Sat: 10 am - 3 pm

Bradford 4045 St. Rt. 721 (937) 417-7273 www.newberrytwpschool14.com Thurs & Fri: 10 am - 5 pm Sat: 10 am - 3 pm

324 Oak St. (765) 964-0212 Fri: 4 - 8 pm Sat: 9 am - 5 pm Sun: 11 am - 5 pm

308 S. Washington St. (937) 720-4064 Thurs - Sat: 10 am - 5 pm Sun: 1 - 5 pm

New Paris Antique Mall 102 E. Main St. (937) 437-0048 Tues - Sat: 10 am - 5 pm Sun: 1 - 5 pm www.newparisantiquemall.com

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Verona Baltimore House

11632 Baltimore-Phillipsburg Rd. (937) 884-5240 Fri - Sun: 11 am - 5 pm

Country Side Antiques & Gifts 148 Verona-Pitsburg Rd. (937) 884-5931 Sun: 11 am - 5 pm Call for additional hours

Versailles Thobe Vintage & Antique Rental 48 N. Olive St. (937) 423-4167 Hours by appointment


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Corner Cottage Gift Shoppe

937-548-4458 Wreaths • Scented Wax Chips • Oils • Primative Accessories

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Best Entertainment at the GREAT! Darke County Fair

Delicious Entrée from Michael Anthony’s at the Inn

FINE DINING

Warm cup of joe from the Coffee Pot

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Scrumptious pizza burger from The Merchant House

HISTORICAL SITE

Enjoying a day of shopping in downtown Greenville

Getting ready to fire a cannon at the Living History Encampment during the Gathering at Garst

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Taste the “Best” Do you like festivals? Food? Wine? History? We have all those things in Darke County and they all have one thing in common… the readers of Ohio Magazine named them the “Best of Ohio” for 2017. Check out Darke County’s reader’s pick winners and enjoy the best our state has to offer, all in one place. #darkecountyflavor

“Best Fine Dining” Michael Anthony’s at the Inn

“Best Historical Site” Bear’s Mill

21 W. Main St., Versailles (937) 526-3020 InnAtVersailles.com

6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Rd., Greenville (937) 548-5112 BearsMill.com

“Best Winery” The Winery at Versailles

“Best History Museum” Garst Museum

“Best Casual Dining” The Merchant House

“Best County Fair” The GREAT! Darke County Fair

406 S. Broadway St., Greenville (937) 459-4450 TMHGreenville.com

(800) Sweitzer St., Greenville (937) 548-5044 DarkeCountyFair.com

“Best Coffee Shop/Roaster” The Coffee Pot

“Best Main Street Shopping” Main Street Greenville

205 N. Broadway St., Greenville (937) 548-5250 GarstMuseum.org

“Best Summer Festival” The Gathering at Garst

205 N. Broadway, Greenville (937) 548-5250 GarstMuseum.org

537 S. Broadway St., Greenville (937) 459-5498 OurCoffeePot.com

6572 St. Rt. 47, Versailles (937) 526-3232 WineryatVersailles.com

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Father and daughter enjoying the day in Downtown Greenville

Enjoying a day of shopping in Downtown Greenville

One of the many vendors at the annual Artisan Stroll

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Wise old owl at First Friday: Petting Zoo

Fresh produce at the Farmers’ Market

Glass blowing artist during the annual Artisan Stroll

Craftsmanship at its finest during the annual Artisan Stroll


Downtown Greenville

Painting a masterpiece during the annual Artisan Stroll

Rollin’ 50’s Classics Car Show

To learn more about Downtown Greenville, please visit: MainStreetGreenville.com

Downtown is the heart of any community and Greenville has managed to keep that spirit alive. A historic district with

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architecture, charm and a vibrant shopping atmosphere with over 50 quaint shops, stores and dining opportunities for all to enjoy. Downtown Greenville is a place where families come to spend a morning getting breakfast at one of our bakeries, share a conversation on our sidewalks or take an afternoon with friends to shop. It is a place where locals have followed their dreams to open their own businesses with character and commitment. It is a place where stories are created and memories are made. We welcome you to join us downtown, where the past, present and future combine for a place that you will want to visit again and again.

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Downtown Greenville Enjoy a sense of individuality and historic charm nestled together in the heart of Darke County.

Shopping

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Readmore’s Books & Bibles, Gifts, Cards, Music & More

533 S. Broadway Mon-Fri: 9:30 - 5:30 Saturday: 9:30 - 4 Like us on Facebook!

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Modern Farmhouse decor

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Midwest Inspired Cuisine Serving Lunch & Dinner

117 E. Fifth Street 937.316.5000 TheBistroOffBroadway.com

Pizza - Pasta - Subs Dine In - Pickup Delivery 617 S. Broadway 937-547-1113

Enjoy freshly roasted coffee from a world-class roaster...with a hometown feel! We also offer pastries and light lunches.

pizzabythedons.com

331 S. Broadway, Greenville 937-459-4590

855.548.2122

499 S. Broadway, Greenville

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Lodging Bed & Breakfast Artist Junction Bed & Breakfast 6100 Routzong Rd., Greenville (941) 780-2490 Artistjunction.weebly.com

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French House Bed & Breakfast 7660 Burns Rd., Versailles (937) 526-3100 FrenchHouseBnB.com

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Wayman’s Corner Bed & Breakfast 633 Central Ave., Greenville (937) 316-6074 WaymansCorner.com

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This renovated, 1893 country home sets on 11 acres offering bright decor, restful rooms and private baths.

This rural setting offers the lower level of the owner’s home with a private entrance, fireplace and kitchenette.

This renovated 1925 Foursquare features all the modern conveniences with private baths and outdoor porches.

This newly-renovated hotel is convenient to area attractions including Eldora Speedway, as well as restaurants and shops.

Hotels Comfort Inn 1190 E. Russ Rd., Greenville 1-800-228-5150 (937) 316-5252 ComfortInn.com

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Greenville Inn 851 Martin St., Greenville 1-800-631-5058 (937) 548-3613 GreenvilleInn-Ohio.com

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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 1195 E. Russ Rd., Greenville SEE AD 1-800-HOLIDAY (937) 548-1328 ON PG. 43 Hiexpress.com Inn at Versailles 21 W. Main St., Versailles (937) 526-3020 InnatVersailles.com

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This establishment offers an elevator to handicap-accessible rooms on all three floors, indoor pool, fitness room and a small meeting room. The Inn offer 22 rooms with unique decor and ambiance, and all the amenities of a fine European hotel. Experience world class dining at Michael Anthony’s at The Inn.

Stardust Motel 5436 St. Rt. 49 S., Greenville (937) 548-5199

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Towne House Motel 209 East Main St., Greenville (937) 548-4171

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This campground offers fishing pond, pool, playground, volleyball and basketball courts, shelter house, wagon rides and planned activities. This campground offers fishing ponds, beach area, playgrounds & large outdoor screen for family movies. This campgrounds is only open during the four major races at Eldora Speedway.

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Wildcat Woods Campground 1355 Wildcat Rd., Greenville (937) 548-7921 WildcatWoodsCampground.com Open April 15 to October 31

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Playing a round of golf at Stillwater Valley Golf Club

Sweet treats at Brown’s Sweet Shop

A hearty meal at Best Bite Grill

Concert held at BMI Indoor Speedway, a must see entertainment venue

Try our FAMOUS marinated pork chops!

GREENVILLE FARM 937-548-7513 2259 St. Rt. 502 Greenville, OH 45331

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OSGOOD STORE 419-582-2441 45 West Main St. St. Osgood, OH 45351

OSGOOD PLANT 419-582-4321 8544 St. Rt. 705

Enjoy an afternoon taking in the scenery at Heritage Park


Each room at the Inn at Versailles boasts unique decor and ambiance

Fine dining at Michael Anthony’s at the Inn

Visit Like a Local in Versailles

To learn more about Versailles, please visit: VersaillesOhio.cc Facebook.com/ VillageofVersaillesOhio

Discover the local favorites and hot spots and experience the small town generosity that set Versailles, Ohio apart.

While visiting Versailles, you can begin your morning with a hot breakfast at Brown’s Sweet Shop. As soon as you walk in the door, the aroma of eggs, bacon, hot coffee, and fresh bakery will fill your nose. Brown’s Sweet Shop is known for their delicious donuts and are a treat to anyone who is lucky to have one for themselves. After breakfast and while the morning sun is still rising, hit a round of golf at Stillwater Valley Golf Club. This specific golf course is full of hills, trees and beautiful scenery. If you do get caught under the hot afternoon sun, there is the opportunity for refreshments in the clubhouse along with golfing merchandise. When lunch rolls around, the hot spots to hit in Versailles are Sideliners or Best Bite Grill. Sideliners is a sports bar that serves anything from salads, nachos, sandwiches or wings, and Best Bite serves the “feel good” foods that will keep your stomach full all day. Sideliners is especially known for its famous Sideliner, a huge tenderloin the size of a flying saucer. Best Bite is relatively new to Versailles and is the only location in the state. They cook warm soups, hearty steaks and burgers, and have a fresh salad bar for you to fill your plate. If the weather is nice, order your meal to go and have a picnic in Heritage park. Heritage Park is surrounded by trees with plenty of shade; you can relax near the pond, under one of the multiple gazebos, or on top of the hill.

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After you’re finished relaxing, head over to the Versailles Area Museum to escape the heat with air conditioning. If you’re lucky, the museum will be having a free ice cream social to enjoy while you view the historical facts about Versailles and the memorabilia hanging in the exhibits. Among the memorabilia hangs photographs of the town before the fire, and old Varsity jackets and sports items. As the day continues, head over to BMI Karts on Main Street. BMI Karts has an indoor go kart track for the whole family to enjoy. There are kart products and tires for sale, and buyers can look at multiple karts and bikes. Along with racing merchandise, multiple concerts are held on Saturday nights. To wrap up your day, spend the evening at The Inn at Versailles. The fine cuisine at Michael Anthony’s at the Inn provides a great place to sit back and have a glass of wine while you fill your stomach. The beauty of this restaurant is that if you’re too full to commute back home, you can always check into a room upstairs. However, no matter how you spend your time in Versailles, Ohio, it is certain that you’ll never want to leave.

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Book a tour Shop our boutique www.ghyslain.com/factory-tour 765.964.7905 Open M-F 9-5 350 W Deerfield Rd, Union City, IN 47390

EXPLORE. DINE. SHOP.

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New Bremen 7 W Monroe St. www.bicyclemuseum.com

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22 N. Center St., Versailles, Ohio • 937-827-0011 www.bestbitegrill.com

*Fro-Yo *Bubble Tea *Food 331 S. Broadway, Greenville | 937-459-4590

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Grilled Chicken Salad from The Bistro off Broadway

Shrimp Dinner from Danny’s Place

Local Restaurants Defining the art of casual and fine dining. Enjoy the local cuisine and specialties that put Darke County on the culinary map. You’ll be surprised by what the chefs in our down-home diners and fine-dining hot spots are dishing up!

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Arcanum

M ‘n M Petro & Deli 201 S. Main St., Ansonia (937) 337-0000 Lunch. Credit cards accepted.

Farmer Brown Restaurant 6363 Hollansburg-Sampson Rd. Arcanum | (937) 692-8774 Lunch & Dinner. Credit cards accepted.

Thwaits Bar & Grill 200 Covington St., Ansonia (937) 337-9995 Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Cash only. Whistle Stop (The) 200 S. Main St., Ansonia (937) 337-4101 Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Credit cards accepted. Wooden Spoon (The) 9690 US Rt. 127, Ansonia (937) 548-9770 Breakfast & Lunch. Credit cards accepted.

Huston’s Restaurant 9 E. Water St., Arcanum (937) 692-8576 Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Cash or check only. SEE AD ON PG. 37

Miller’s Tavern 15 N. High St., Arcanum (937) 692-5359 Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Cash only. Picnic’s Pizza & Grill, LLC. 3 E. Woodside Dr., Arcanum (937) 692-6112 Lunch & Dinner. Credit cards accepted.


Dagwood Sandwich from The Merchant House

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China Garden 1303 Wagner Ave., Greenville (937) 548-4705 Lunch & Dinner. Credit cards accepted.

A & B Coffee & Cake Co. 501 S. Broadway, Greenville (937) 459-5720 Breakfast. Credit cards accepted.

Coffee Pot (The) 537 S. Broadway, Suite 101 Greenville | (937) 459-5498 Breakfast & Lunch. Credit cards accepted.

Asian Buffet 521 Wagner Ave,, Greenville (937) 316-6110 Lunch & Dinner. Credit cards accepted. Back in Time Cafe 1249 Sweitzer St., Greenville (937) 548-1763 Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Credit cards accepted. Beanery on Broadway (The) 410 S. Broadway, Greenville SEE AD (937) 548-2326 ON PG. 29 Breakfast & Lunch. Credit cards accepted. Bistro Off Broadway (The) 117 E. Fifth St., Greenville (937) 316-5000 Lunch & Dinner. Credit cards accepted. Bob Evans Restaurant 1366 Wagner Ave. Greenville (937) 547-9193 Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Credit cards accepted.

Elegant presentation of the anti-pasta plate from Michael Anthony’s at The Inn

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Don’s Pizza (The) 617 S. Broadway, Greenville (937) 548-1113 Lunch & Dinner. Credit cards accepted. SEE AD ON PG. 36

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Double M Diner 537 S. Broadway, Suite 104 Greenville | (937) 547-3031 Breakfast & Lunch. Cash only.

Coles’ Front Street Inn Restaurant 812 Front St., Greenville (937) 548-8727 Breakfast & Lunch.

El Camino Real Restaurante 401 Wagner Ave., Greenville (937) 548-1997 Lunch & Dinner. Credit cards accepted.

Dairy Barn (The) (seasonal) 1271 Sweitzer St., Greenville (937) 548-3555 Lunch & Dinner. Cash only.

Fairlawn Steak House 925 Sweitzer St., Greenville (937) 548-2262 Lunch & Dinner. Credit cards accepted.

D’Alessio’s Restaurant 537 S. Broadway, Suite 102 Greenville | (937) 316-8070 Lunch & Dinner. Credit cards accepted.

Hot Head Burritos 1324 Wagner Ave. Greenville | (937) 548-1060 Lunch & Dinner. Credit card accepted.

Danny’s Place 308 S. Broadway, Greenville (937) 548-2127 Lunch & Dinner. Breakfast on Fridays. Credit cards accepted.

JT’s Brew & Grill 1475 Wagner Ave., Greenville (937) 548-1400 Lunch & Dinner. Breakfast on Sundays. Credit cards accepted.

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Local Restaurants Defining the art of casual and fine dining. Greenville

Thirsty Turtle Lounge 6545 US Rt. 36, Greenville (937) 548-9805 Lunch & Dinner. Credit cards accepted.

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Kathy’s Restaurant 416 Martin St., Greenville (937) 547-1651 Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Credit cards accepted. Las Margaritas Mexican Grill 1160 E. Russ Rd., Greenville (937) 316-8484 Lunch & Dinner. Credit cards accepted. Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe 125 N. Broadway, Greenville SEE AD (937) 548-9340 ON PG. 37 Lunch & Dinner. Cash only. Merchant House (The) 406 S. Broadway, Greenville (937) 459-4450 Lunch & Dinner. Credit cards accepted. Montage Cafe 527 S. Broadway, Greenville (937) 548-1950 Breakfast & Lunch. Credit cards accepted. Sloopy’s 1240 E. Russ Rd., Greenville (937) 548-0019 Lunch & Dinner. Credit cards accepted.

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Vint’s Family Restaurant 1226 Sweitzer St., Greenville (937) 548-1803 Lunch & Dinner. Cash only.

New Madison Firpo’s Bar & Grill 113 E. Washington, New Madison (937) 996-0742 Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Credit cards accepted.

Union City Neil’s A&W Drive-In (seasonal) 800 E. Elm St., Union City (937) 968-5424 Lunch & Dinner. Woodcrest Lanes 100 N. Grand St., Union City (937) 968-3151 Lunch & Dinner.

Versailles Alice’s Dairy Bar (seasonal) 892 E. Main St., Versailles (937) 526-9950 Lunch & Dinner.

Schlechty’s Sports Bar & Grill 124 W. Washington, New Madison (937) 775-4005 Lunch & Dinner. Credit cards accepted.

Best Bite Grill 22 N. Center St., Versailles (937) 827-0011 Lunch & Dinner. Credit cards accepted.

Snack Shop 395 N. Main St., New Madison (937) 996-5591 Lunch & Dinner. Credit cards accepted.

Brown’s Sweet Shop 40 E. Main St., Versailles (937) 526-3722 Breakfast & Lunch.

Palestine Sharp’s Tavern 101 S. Main St., Palestine (937) 548-7454 Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Cash only.

Creekside Bar & Grill 176 N. Center St., Versailles (937) 526-4038 Lunch & Dinner. Credit and debit accepted. Gathering Place (The) 263 Marker Rd., Versailles (937) 526-3665 Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Cash only.

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Friends dining at Best Bite Grill in Versailles

Gus’s Coffee, Creamery & Cafe 16 Marker Rd., Versailles (937) 526-4445 Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Credit cards accepted.

Sideliner’s Sports Bar & Grill 17 E. Main St., Versailles (937) 526-9055 Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Credit cards accepted. Stillwater Valley Golf Club 9235 Seibt Rd., Versailles (937) 526-3041 Lunch & Dinner. Credit cards accepted.

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Winery at Versailles (The) 6572 S.R. 47, Versailles (937) 526-3232 Lunch & Dinner. Credit cards accepted.

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Z’s 39 E. Main St., Versailles (937) 526-4471 Dinner. Credit cards accepted.

Couple enjoying a meal at Montage Cafe

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Ready to enjoy a loose meat sandwich at Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe

Michael Anthony’s at The Inn 21 W. Main St., Versailles (937) 526-3020 Lunch & Dinner. Credit cards accepted.

Chef preparing a meal at Michael Anthony’s at The Inn

McBo’s Lanes 498 W. Main St., Versailles (937) 526-4938 Lunch & Dinner. Credit cards accepted.

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The Bistro off Broadway is an upscale-yet-casual restaurant nestled in the heart of historic downtown Greenville. Our guests can expect superior Midwest inspired cuisine and outstanding service in a unique jazz-themed environment brimming with 20th century memorabilia. To enhance your dining experience, we coordinate special events and entertainment such as gallery exhibits, jazz bands, acoustic guitarists and pianists to name a few. We also offer a wine program and invite you to enjoy a glass with your meal or purchase a bottle from our retail wine room to take home with you. The Bistro makes a brilliant venue for any special event, celebration or business function. The restaurant boasts two banquet rooms to accommodate private parties of up to 70 people. Custom menus can be tailored to perfectly compliment any occasion and our experienced staff and attention to every detail is sure to make your event unique and memorable.

Join us for an unforgettable night of comfortable sophistication!

For event planning or reservations:

937-316-5000

www.TheBistrooffBroadway.com 117 East Fifth Street – Greenville, Ohio 45331


1195 Russ Rd, Greenville, Ohio, 45331 1-800-315-2621 www.hiexpress.com

You and your family are invited to enjoy a pleasant, relaxing stay in Greenville.

Enjoy our heated indoor pool, fitness center, elevator and hearty breakfast. Guests take advantage of the easy access to nearby Eldora Speedway, The National Annie Oakley Center at Garst Museum, Bear’s Mill and KitchenAid Experience in historic downtown Greenville. Greet each day with a hearty meal from the complimentary, hot Express Start Breakfast Bar, and enjoy free high-speed Internet access, as well as our 24-hour business center.

NEW OVEN BAKED PASTA!

ITALIAN MEAT PASTA Marinara Sauce, Cheese, Pepperoni, Italian Sausage, Regular Sausage, Green Peppers, Onions, & Mushrooms

ITALIAN VEGGIE PASTA Marinara Sauce, Cheese, Green Peppers, Onions, Mushrooms, & Black Olives 2 sizes: Little Italy (Serves 1-3) / Big Italian (Serves 4-6)

Make it a FAMILY FESTA: includes a Big Italian, 4 Breadsticks, and a 12" 1-Topping Pizza for ONE LOW PRICE!

617 S. Broadway, Greenville, OH | 937.547.1113

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St. Clair Manor

Events • Weddings • Baby Showers • Birthdays • & More!

224 E 3rd St, Greenville, OH • 937.548.2424

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Darke County can please any outdoor enthusiast, naturalist or adventurer. When the first European immigrants explored the western Ohio frontier, they found thick forests and endless swamps. Over the years a lot of the trees were used to build sturdy pioneer houses and barns, and most of the swamps were filled in to make the rich farmland we take so much pride in today. While Darke County might not look how it did a few hundred years ago, we still have some of the most beautiful wild spaces in this country, if we do say so ourselves, and you can explore them through our excellent system of parks, pathways, and preserves. The crown jewel of Darke County’s parks is Shawnee Prairie Preserve & Nature Center just outside Greenville. With forest paths, meadow overlooks, and a nature center with educational displays and creepy crawlies in aquariums, Shawnee is a great destination for families looking to learn more about our wild heritage. In September, Prairie Days takes over Shawnee Preserve, with historical reenactments and more fun activities than you can shake a caramel apple at.

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The folks at Darke County Parks maintain numerous other parks and preserves around the county as well, including Routzong Preserve, Turkeyfoot Preserve, and Winterrowd Wetlands. Our towns have some lovely green spaces too, whether you want to have a picnic, throw a frisbee, or just go for a walk to enjoy the outdoors. Looking to get some exercise? Consider taking a run or a bike ride on our seven mile Tecumseh Trail path—which is being expanded every year and will eventually stretch all the way across our beautiful county,—or put a canoe on the water and paddle down scenic Greenville Creek.

Between our small towns stretch miles of beautiful countryside and wild woodlands. Step outdoors and enjoy the natural wonder of Darke County. Breathtaking scenery at Prairie Ridge Meadow

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Learn about the area’s history along the Tecumseh Point Trail

Parks and Preserves Be an adventurer; Discover the Darke County Parks

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Birding area and grassland on the Turkeyfoot Preserve

Alice Bish Park & Canoe Launch This 5-acre park is accessible from Ohio and Fourth Streets, and mirrors the course of Greenville Creek with sightings of wildflowers, waterfowl, songbirds and colorful leaves. Public canoe launch access is available from this area. The Greenville Creek Trail starts from this park.

Anthony Wayne Peace Council House Located across from Garst Museum in Greenville, this building honors the Native American tribes who signed the Treaty of Greene Ville with General Wayne.

Coppess Nature Sanctuary Located between Ansonia and Union City, this 32-acre area is typical Darke County woodland with a mix of hickory, oak, beech and maple.

Donna May Campbell Preserve Located along the head-waters of the Stillwater River, this preserve is a fine example of riparian habitat. This 5-acre park is home to beaver, raccoon, fox, deer, woodpecker and other wildlife.


Hands-on experience at Prairie Days on the Shawnee Prairie Preserve

Enjoy a kayaking adventure on the beautiful waters of Greenville Creek

Eidson Woods Preserve

Tecumseh Trail Multiuse Path

Eidson Woods Preserve consists of 55 acres of maturing woodland and 15 acres of intermediate succession savannah. Providing an excellent range of habitats and species, this preserve gives visitors a look at what a maturing woodlands in Darke County can offer.

From the Tecumseh Trail Hub, located on Bridge Street in Gettysburg, enjoy over nine miles of Darke County Parks’ multi-use trail system leading you through pristine Darke County habitats. As you bike, run, walk, or ride along the path, you can hope to encounter a wide variety of wild flowers, colorful songbirds, historic bridges and pristine creek corridors. Stay tuned as this “Darke to Miami Connector” is growing each year!

Prairie Ridge Meadow \ Tecumseh Point Containing more than 100 species of grasses and flowering plants native to Darke County, this site has both natural and historic significance.

Routzong Preserve This beech-maple forest is an area of interest during every season. More than 1 1⁄ 2 miles of trails are here to explore in these 55 acres located off State Route 571 East.

Shawnee Prairie Preserve Located west of Greenville, this 118-acre preserve is the largest Darke County park. Enjoy a leisurely walk through trails showcasing the three habitats of this park: woodlands, wetlands and prairies. Also found at Shawnee Prairie is the Nature Center, park offices, sugar shack, a natural play area for children, and an 18th century Log House and blacksmith shop.

Turkeyfoot Preserve This Preserve boasts 60 acres of reestablished prairie and managed wetlands accessible from State Route 121 South of Greenville. This significant birding area hosts a wide variety of grassland species, including Turkeyfoot grass for which the park is named.

Winterrowd Wetlands Located west of Ansonia on State Route 47, this diverse 60-acre preserve is a model of wetland conservation and provides a glimpse of Ohio as it was prior to settlement. The combination of quality habitats makes this area a premiere birding location.

Worth Family Nature Preserve This 35-acre preserve borders the pristine head waters of The State Scenic River, Greenville Creek with a mixture of floodplain, hardwood forests, upland meadows and thickets.

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Entertainment at Versailles Poultry Days

Thrill of the Grill at the Winery at Versailles

Events For a full list of events in Darke County, please visit our website. Year ‘ Round Cooking Classes KitchenAid Experience 423 S. Broadway, Greenville (888) 886-8318 KitchenAid.com/experience Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 am First Fridays Downtown Greenville S. Broadway, Greenville MainStreetGreenville.org Lectures, Classes and Special Events – Darke County Parks 4267 St. Rt. 502, Greenville DarkeCountyParks.org

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January Taste of Wine & Jazz 527 S. Broadway, Downtown Greenville CenterForArts.net

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March Maple Sugarin’ at the Prairie 4267 St. Rt. 502, Greenville DarkeCountyParks.org Friends of Bear’s Mill Soup ‘n Bowl 6450 Arcanum Bears Mill Rd., Greenville | BearsMill.com

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Taste of Wine & Jazz 527 S. Broadway, Downtown Greenville CenterForArts.net

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June Versailles Poultry Days Heritage Park, Versailles VersaillesPoultryDays.com

July

Darke County Sheriff’s Home & Sport Expo 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville DarkeCountyFair.com

Steam Threshers Reunion York Woods, US 127 N., Greenville DarkeCountySteam.com

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April - Dec. Art at The Mill 6450 Arcanum Bears Mill Rd., Greenville | BearsMill.com

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Arcanum Old Fashioned Days George St., Arcanum

April

Thrill of the Grill 6572 St. Rt. 47, Versailles WineryatVersailles.com

Spring Open House at Bear’s Mill 6450 Arcanum Bears Mill Rd., Greenville | BearsMill.com

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Ringer Classic Horseshoe Tournament Greenville City Park HorseshoePitching.com Farm Power of the Past 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville GreenvilleFarmPower.org Barbeque & Blues Greenville CenterForArts.net

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Fresh squeezed lemonade at the GREAT! Darke County Fair

Blacksmith at work at Shawnee Prairie Preserve during Walking in a Winter Wonderland

September

Kings Royal 13929 St. Rt. 118, New Weston EldoraSpeedway.com

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NASCAR Truck Series 13929 St. Rt. 118, New Weston EldoraSpeedway.com

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Rollin’ 50’s Classics Car Show S. Broadway, Downtown Greenville

Gathering at Garst 205 N. Broadway, Greenville GatheringatGarst.com

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Autumn Farm Fest 6420 Hollansburg-Arcanum Rd., Arcanum BrumbaughFruitFarm.com Illumination Festival 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville IlluminationFestival.org

August World’s Longest Yard Sale (800) 504-2995 VisitDarkeCounty.org Great! Darke County Fair 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville DarkeCountyFair.com

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Versailles FareFest 21 W. Main St., Versailles (937) 526-3020

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Apache Troop Gauntlet 5K Adventure Race 440 Greenville-Nashville Rd., Greenville TheGauntletTrailRun.com

Prairie Days 4267 St. Rt. 502, Greenville DarkeCountyParks.org

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Farm-to-Table 6572 St. Rt. 47, Versailles WineryatVersailles.com

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October Bradford Pumpkin Show BradfordPumpkinShow.org

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Ghost Walk Downtown Greenville CenterForArts.net

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November Christmas Preview at Bear’s Mill 6450 Arcanum Bears Mill Rd., Greenville | BearsMill.com

Tour de Donut George St., Arcanum TheTourdeDonut.com

Annie Oakley Festival 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville AnnieOakleyFestival.org Sips and Sounds 6572 St. Rt. 47, Versailles WineryatVersailles.com

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Beggars Night Downtown Greenville MainStreetGreenville.org

Candlelight Dinners on the Prairie 4267 St. Rt. 502, Greenville DarkeCountyParks.org Hometown Holiday Horse Parade Downtown Greenville MainStreetGreenville.org

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December Candlelight Walk 6450 Arcanum Bears Mill Rd., Greenville | BearsMill.com Walking in a Winter Wonderland 4267 St. Rt. 502, Greenville DarkeCountyParks.org

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Harvest of Quilts 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville (937) 548-7084

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Nine fun-filled days & nights starting the 3rd Friday in August

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Since carved from a Darke County cornfield in the natural amphitheater that existed between the Eldora Ballroom and the Wabash River by bandleader Earl Baltes in 1954, Eldora Speedway has grown to become one of the world’s most famous speedways. Owned by motorsports entrepreneur and NASCAR, IndyCar and USAC driving champion Tony Stewart since 2004, Eldora continues to be the home of the biggest events in short-track racing. Holding special events from April through October, Eldora’s annual marquee events include: the $100,000-to-win Dirt Late Model Dream Weekend (June); the $50,000-to-win Kings Royal Weekend for the World of Outlaws (July); The Eldora Dirt Derby - the only NASCAR race on dirt; the World 100 Weekend - The Biggest Dirt Race In The World® (September); and the historic 4-Crown Nationals (September).

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Musical talent performing in the Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall Discarded silverware re-purposed into a beautiful work of art

Arts & Culture The arts in Darke County are a fusion of creativity, innovation and rich, authentic local flavor.

Anna Bier Gallery / Greenville Art Guild Located in Memorial Hall, 215 W. Fourth St., Greenville (937) 547-1467 Named after a local artist and art teacher, this gallery has fulfilled Ms. Bier’s wish for a place in Greenville where people of all colors, all creeds and all walks of life can work for development of artistic skills and higher cultural standards for our community. Call for hours and exhibits.

Life-size bronze painter in the sculptural village of Versailles

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115 N. Howard St., Union City (765) 964-7227 | ArtsDepot.org Located in an historic train depot, this association offers events ranging from jazz to bluegrass concerts, drama to dance, art classes to art shows and poetry readings to photography. Call for hours and exhibits.

Bear’s Mill SEE AD 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Rd., Greenville ON PG. 55 (937) 548-5112 | BearsMill.com Art, history and culture are combined at historic Bear’s Mill with stimulating results. The Gallery at Bear’s Mill showcases art exhibits which rotate on a monthly basis, with receptions for the artists on the final Friday of each month. Closed on Mondays.


Artistic passion crows from this colorful masterpiece

Darke County Center for the Arts 520 Sycamore St., Greenville (937) 547-0908 | CenterForArts.net This arts council promotes all forms of art within the county, and strives to expand opportunities for cultural enrichment by attracting high-quality performing artists. DCCA is also committed to the preservation of the Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall as an important cultural center.

Sculptural Village of Versailles Located throughout the Village of Versailles Discover the Sculptural Village of Ohio located in Versailles. Twelve life-size bronzed sculptures blend delightfully into this charming community. Most of the art is lit for viewing at night, and all but one piece is publicly accessible. Call the Darke County Visitors Bureau at (800) 504-2995 for a detailed brochure and map.

Two Story Mural Versailles The life size mural that spans the entire west side of “La Pharmacie Versailles” depicts a sampling of establishments along a French village avenue. Painted by local artist Pam Sommer, the mural is dominated by the two story “Le

Restaurant” and adjacent “L’Hôtel de Versailles” which are connected to the single story “Pharmacie” after passing by a stoned arched intersecting avenue.

Versailles Performing Arts Center 280 Marker Rd., Versailles (937) 507-1513 This space with seating for 450 is equipped for state-of-the-art sound and lighting with a fully rigged stage for performances and events. It contains a small orchestra pit for musical accompaniment and a second-level control room that can synchronize the electronic equipment. On display outside the auditorium is a custom-made display case showcasing historical artifacts from the Versailles Exempted Village School District dating back to the 1800s. Custom-designed floor patterns with tiger paw prints and tiger striping in the terrazzo line the surrounding hallways. Classrooms for vocal and instrumental instruction are adjacent to the center. This layout was designed to create a flow of use for the performance area.

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City and Villages Discover a land where the legends are as rich as the soil, filled with frontier heritage and urban-country spirit ‌ discover Darke County.

Ansonia The Village of Ansonia is a small, rural community located in northern Darke County at the intersection of State Routes 47 and 118.

Arcanum Located in the southwest corner of Darke County, Arcanum is approximately 35 miles northwest of Dayton, Ohio and 15 miles east from the Indiana border.

Bradford The Village of Bradford is situated in both Miami and Darke Counties. The village dates back to 1857, when the first train reached the end of the railhead at the Miami/Darke County line.

Burkettsville Burkettsville was founded after the construction of a railroad line through northern Darke County in 1883. It was one of the last communities to be established in northern Darke / southern Mercer Counties.

Castine This village is located on the Darke / Preble County line between Greenville and Eaton.

Gettysburg Gettysburg was founded by natives of Adams County, Pennsylvania in the late 1820s. When the settlement was platted in 1842, the community was named for the county seat of Adams County.

Gordon Gordon was platted in 1849 and named for one of its first settlers. It was located at the intersection of the Dayton and Union and Ohio Electric railroads.

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Greenville

Palestine

Greenville is the historic location of Fort Greene Ville, a pioneer fort built under General Anthony Wayne’s command. At over 55 acres, this was the largest wooden fortification ever built. It was here that the Treaty of Greenville was signed on August 3, 1795, bringing peace to the area and opening up the Northwest Territory for settlement. Greenville is the only city in Darke County and is the county seat.

Palestine was platted by Samuel Loring in 1833.

Hollansburg The Village of Hollansburg is situated on the Ohio / Indiana border.

Ithaca John Colville platted the village of Ithaca in 1832 and gave it the name of “Twinsborough.” Its location on an established highway and along the Ohio Electric Railway caused the community to grow rapidly.

New Madison New Madison was platted by Zadock Smith in 1817 for purposes of land speculation.

New Weston New Weston was founded in the 1880s during the construction of a railroad line through Allen Township. It was one of the last communities to be founded in Darke County.

Pitsburg Pitsburg was founded under the name of “Arnettsville” in the 19th century.

Rossburg Rossburg was platted by John G. Ross in 1868. The village was very small until a period of growth began circa 1883, when a railroad line was built through Rossburg.

Union City The village of Union City sprawls across the state line and into Indiana. The community shares some public services, civic organizations and a chamber of commerce, as well as similar goals of growth and quality of life for its people.

Versailles Founded in 1819, the village is named after the city of Versailles in France. This community is known for its dedication and hard work to community and its labor force, school system, and way of life. Manufacturing, meat, pasta, eggs, retail and trucking, as well as a variety of service industries provide its citizens with diverse occupational opportunities.

Wayne Lakes

North Star was platted in 1852 along the road between Greenville and Celina, approximately midway between the two cities. Its name was derived from its location on the edge of the Great Black Swamp, as it was the northernmost point in Darke County that was not wetland.

Although most of west central Ohio is a flat landscape intersected with shallow river valleys, Wayne Lakes is located among a series of southwest trending gravel hills over a thick base of limestone. In the early days of the county, this spot of land was known as the Hills of Judea - named by a famous traveler because the area’s beauty reminded him of the Hills of Judea of biblical fame.

Osgood

Yorkshire

Osgood was founded in the 1880s. While its earliest settlers were primarily Protestants, a Roman Catholic parish was erected in the village in 1906 Today, St. Nicholas’ Catholic Church has been recognized as a historic site.

The smallest village in Darke County, Yorkshire was incorporated in 1901.

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Friends enjoying a sunny afternoon downtown Historic architecture lining the streets of downtown Greenville Spending the day with family enjoying nature at Greenville City Park

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Locate & Relocate

Darke County’s hometown atmosphere offers simple, family living.

Darke County is a great place to live, work, play, and raise a family. We have scenic, wide-open spaces if country living is your cup of tea, and numerous charming small towns. Greenville has a population of about 13,000 people and a thriving downtown district that is easily walkable and full of great shops, eateries, and cultural opportunities. Over 50,000 people live in this county, and we’d love to add you to that number. Situated in west central Ohio’s fertile farm country, Darke County is just a two hour drive from Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio, and Indianapolis, Indiana. In under an hour, you can drive from Greenville to downtown Dayton, a city with a metro population of nearly a million folks and all the cultural and culinary adventures you could wish for. Living in Darke County truly offers the best of both worlds—the simplicity and beauty of rural life, with the excitement and diversity of the big city just a hop, skip, and a jump away. Many of our small towns feature lovely historic architecture in their downtown districts, with brick buildings dating to the 1800s. Downtown Greenville has been recognized as a National Historic District, and while the storefronts are fully occupied, the district appears much as it might have in the memories of our town’s older storytellers. The storefronts in Greenville and neighboring towns feature an eclectic mix of clothing boutiques, antique stores, home decor


Amber waves of grain at Shawnee Prairie Preserve

shops, and more, and that’s before we get to the coffee shops, cafes, and restaurants that offer everything from country cooking to ethnic cuisine. Darke County offers a low cost of living and affordable housing, with a real estate market that can find you the perfect home to lay out your welcome mat. Our excellent employment market encompasses retail, healthcare, manufacturing, and a wide array of other opportunities. Moving with kiddos? Darke County has eight public school districts with over 10,000 students, and also has a few private religious schools and a Montessori school. If your kids (or you!) are college bound, there are several community and vocational colleges in and around Darke County that offer affordable education options. Adults and little ones alike will love our green parks and preserves. Our towns feature parks with playgrounds and space to walk, run, bike, or just sit and enjoy the scenery. Nature preserves around the county let you get away from all the bustle of town and enjoy Ohio’s wild beauty. These spaces provide a great way to watch the seasons change as well, whether it’s with gorgeous Fall foliage signaling the arrival of sweater weather and baked goodies, or the first buds of Spring promising warmer, sunnier days ahead.

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We love a good excuse for a party in these parts, and festivals and parades take place all around the county throughout the year. Carve a jack o’ lantern at Bradford’s Pumpkin Show, celebrate local history at Arcanum Old Fashioned Days, chow down on a chicken dinner at Versailles Poultry Days, or help make apple butter at Prairie Days at Shawnee Prairie. Downtown Greenville hosts several parades, including the legendary Hometown Holiday Horse Parade each November, which was recently voted the best parade in Ohio by the readers of Ohio Magazine. And, of course, you won’t want to miss The Great Darke County Fair, the best county fair in the state! If you’re looking for a little bit of culture, we aren’t all hay bales and hoedowns out here in the country. Darke County Center for the Arts curates a diverse slate of concerts, plays, and other cultural events throughout the year, many of which take place in the gorgeously restored St. Clair Memorial Hall performing arts center. Take in an art show at Historic Bear’s Mill, or grab a drink and listen to a talented musician at one of our coffee shops or bars. We offer a little something for everyone in Darke County, and we’d love to show you what we’re all about. We serve a big table, and there’s room for everyone. We’ll save you a seat.

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