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Miami County Courthouse - Completed in 1888 at a cost of $400,000, the Courthouse known as "Miami's Pride" has the reputation as one of the finest courthouses of its era. The massive three story architectural wonder made of Amherst sandstone stands 114'2" square and 185' tall with its cast iron central dome patterned after the U.S. Capitol. The exterior also features four corner cast iron domes, pavilions, and 7 copper statues representing the different areas of Miami County life. The interior decorative detailing includes a stained glass dome and skylight, Kentucky marble wainscoting, intricate tiled floors, and outstanding frescoes of local agriculture and faces from around the world.
WACO Aircraft Museum - A tribute to the WACO Aircraft Company's place in American aviation, the museum features its unique heritage and contributions. Exhibits depict the Troy company's commercial and military aircraft production from the 1920's through the Second World War era. The annual summer WACO fly-in brings restored aircraft from around the world. Each summer the skies above Troy become filled with WACO flying planes and other aircraft resembling the type used by the Red Baron during World War I, and more advanced aircraft used from 1920 through World War II. In the early history of flight, Troy played an important role in getting America off the ground. The WACO museum is a tribute to the WACO Aircraft Company’s place in American aviation history. With exhibits depicting the Troy company’s commercial and military aircraft production and vintage aircraft, the museum is a one of a kind experience for those with flight’s of fancy.
Museum of Troy History - Housed in the restored pre-Civil War John Kitchen House, the Museum of Troy History exhibits common household items used from 1850 to 1950 and specializes in short term displays embracing life-style themes such as sports, religion, industry, and healthcare. Special museum activities include the annual tour of homes in October, ice cream social in July and Christmas Open House. Also by appointment. Free Admission, donations appreciated. Housed in the restored Civil-War home of John Kitchen, the Museum of Troy History features historic household items used from 1850 to 1950. Rotating displays depict lifestyle themes such as sports, religion, industry and healthcare. Special activities include a July Ice Cream Social, an Annual Tour of Homes in October and a Christmas Open House in December.
Troy Public Square - The Troy Public Square has been a part of Troy since the original survey done by Andrew Wallace in 1807. During its illustrious history the square has been home to the 1825 courthouse and seen many early celebrations for Independence Day, the end of the Civil War, and the ground breaking for the 1888 courthouse. Today the Square provides a picturesque setting for various festivals, concerts and community activities. In the town's center stood a Liberty pole topped by an eagle in 1891, the interurban tracks in 1893, a miniature Eiffel Tower in 1898, and the first Christmas tree in 1914. The first fountain graced the square in 1924, and today's fountain was completed in 1976 in memory of Mayor Ivan Terrell. Wonderful examples of early federal architecture can be found in the buildings surrounding the square with their symmetrical windows and recessed doorways. The majority of the building surrounding the square were built between 1830 and 1850, many featuring decorative highlights of cast iron.
Troy-Hayner Cultural Center - Located in the 1913 restored Hayner family mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the community center provides cultural programming of the visual and performing arts. Changing topical exhibits, concerts, classes, workshops, and other educational opportunities abound at the Hayner. The facilities are available to the public for meetings, workshops, recitals, weddings, receptions and parties. The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center represents everything eloquent in Miami County. The former Mary Jane Harter Hayner family mansion, built in 1914, now stands as a tribute to local history with special interest given to visual and performing arts in Miami County. The hallways of this English Tudor/Renaissance structure are lined with art work unique to the county and its people. With European and Victorian furnishings set amongst delicate interior wood work, visitors to the cultural center can tour a library and museum that focuses on Miami County's rich history, or take part in a number of activities including musical concerts. Classes and workshops are also offered on a variety of topics.
Troy Historical Society - The Troy Historical Society rooms are the repository of many resource books, pamphlets, maps and photographs dealing with all periods of Troy and Miami County history. The extensive collection for genealogical research brings visitors from across the nation and world. This log cabin was constructed as a hotel in 1807 by Pennsylvania native Benjamin Overfield, but has served as a courthouse, jail, church and school. The rustic structure has lodged future presidents and stood as a testament to Troy’s early success and the spirit of growth in this community and country. The logs on the building are held together at the corners with “inverted V” or “steeple” notchings and have miraculously stood the test of time. Currently, the building houses one of the finest collections of early 19th century household furnishings, used by early pioneers in Miami County. Many activities take place at the “tavern” throughout the year, and include living history programs and craft demonstrations.
Overfield Tavern Museum - Built in 1808, Benjamin Overfield's restored log home and tavern now houses a museum of fine antique furniture and household furnishings, pioneer implements and archaeological artifacts recovered on on site. Displays in period settings are complemented by frequent living history programs and craft demonstrations.
With three large communities, in Troy, Piqua and Tipp City, and quaint villages in every other direction, Miami County has mastered a combination of small town atmosphere and big town appeal. Miami County has a charm unmatched by other communities surrounding the Dayton area, including attractions ranging from an Amish community to a vintage aircraft museum.
The WACO Field - The WACO Museum and Aviation Learning Center’s grass flying field is a fully operational flight strip, used throughout the year by amateur pilots. In the summer, the annual WACO Fly-in brings vintage aircraft from around the country. During the festival, or by appointment, visitors take a ride in a vintage aircraft and see the county from a bird’s-eye-view. WACO also participates in Miami County's Inter-generational Elderhostel Program "Bugs, Boats & Bi-planes" where groups of grandparents and their grandchildren visit WACO, Brukner Nature Center and Piqua Historical Area in a week long educational program, coordinated by the Miami County Visitors & Convention Bureau. WACO's educational program is very popular, as you can see by the many happy faces in the program's first run July, 2002. (Jim Beisner of WACO is in the top row, red shirt, second from the left).
The Piqua Historical Area State Memorial - an Ohio Historical Society Gateway Site: On any given weekend from Memorial Day through October, visitors can watch everything from Vintage Baseball games to War of 1812 reenactments (special events are listed on this website in the Calendar section). Festivals such as The Heritage Festival, that brings more than 100,000 people to Piqua each Labor Day Weekend, provide craft demonstrations, home-cooked foods and activities and live entertainment fit for the entire family. Taking a mule-drawn canal boat ride along a restored portion of the Miami-Erie Canal is a unique experience offered by the Historical Area. A Canal Boat Captain will travel with every group to share tidbits about life along the Miami-Erie Canal. For one price, visitors can enjoy the entire spectrum of the memorial, including a tour of the farmhouse of famous Piqua Indian Agent John Johnston, a ride aboard the General Harrison, and a stroll through the Woodland Indian Museum.
The Piqua Historical Museum - Piqua played one of the most important roles in American history during the early days of the country, but is seldom recognized for such achievements. The meeting place of General, and future president, William Henry Harrison, whose army marched north to drive the British out of the Great Lakes region during the War of 1812, Piqua was the original wild west in America. Settlers and Native Americans met in this area to trade goods and with the river system, Piqua played an important role throughout the rise of the industrial age. Located in the Caldwell Historic District, the Piqua Historical Museum offers tours through a timeline of Piqua’s past. More than 20 rotating exhibits feature everything from Piqua-based archaeology to the role underwear played in Piqua’s development. Special events include an art show in spring and the Victorian Christmas in December.
Displays on Union Township history, an archive and research collection on Quaker genealogy and papers and memorabilia of Union Township native and long-term member of the Ohio House of Representatives, Robert Netzley fill the museum. Nearby, a quiet road passes by the old Quaker Cemetery, where a replica 1804 West Branch Quaker log meeting house stands as a tribute to the peoples of the township. Another Quaker church, built in 1881 and located one block from the museum, caused much controversy among early quakers throughout the world because of its towering steeple pointed heavenward, something unheard of at Quaker meeting houses.
Tippecanoe Historical Museum - The Tippecanoe Historical Museum's exhibits focus on the people and businesses that created the once thriving canal town. Exhibits on the canal era, the implementation of the railroad through Ohio and unique businesses that have called Tipp City home give visitors a perspective of how life has changed in western Ohio. Offering tours of the five block downtown historic district, Tippecanoe Historical Society members take visitors through an old opera house, a converted Mill and past dozens of historical homes.
The Rossville Museum - The Rossville Museum and Cultural Center is an archive of African-American history in the Upper Miami Valley, across the nation and in Africa from the 1700s to the 1900s. The museum is located in the 1869 home of former slave York Ryal, who, along with 382 other slaves, was set free by Virginia Plantation owner John Randolph. The museum highlights exhibits on these freed slaves and the lives they led in Ohio, as well as the earliest African-American burial ground. The museum also houses a special display that showcases the Mills Brothers, an internationally known quartet group from Piqua.
John Scott Garbry Museum - This relatively new building houses the classroom and land laboratories for Upper Valley JVS students majoring in the Environmental Occupations Program. The highlight of this student center is a hands-on museum replica of a town square featuring 19th century shops and craft demonstrations. Transportation displays include a Conestoga wagon, carriages and horse-drawn farm equipment.
A.B. Graham Memorial Center - Miami County is scattered with the historical remains of the nation’s early educational system. In various corners of the county, one-room school houses still sit among fields of corn and soybeans, reminding those who pass by of the changes education has undergone during America’s growth. A.B. Graham Memorial Center, named in honor of the founder of the 4-H Club and a nationally acclaimed educator, is housed in an early 1900s school building, making it the perfect place to honor such an individual. Graham’s life and career as an educator are highlighted in the museum that also includes displays on rural farm life, education and the history of the Lena-Conover area.
The Fort Rowdy Museum - In 1794, General “Mad Anthony” Wayne constructed a breastworks of brush and logs near the Stillwater River. This breastworks would eventually become the Village of Covington. Gen. Wayne dubbed the new place, “Fort Rowdy” immediately following a drunken carouse of his officers and men after completing the outpost. Though the outpost was later known by several different names, “Rowdy” was the name retained throughout the years. The outpost later became a school house, a mayor’s office and finally, a museum. The building was placed on the National Historic Register in 1981 and includes exhibits on the Civil War and early Miami County history. Keep an eye out for stories and photos from The Great Covington Elephant Hunt that took place not so long ago in this small community.
History flows through every town, out of every shop door. Superb shopping and dining experiences await you in Miami County. You will find shops and restaurants located conveniently near your lodging and in the historic and beautiful downtown areas. Delicious food from fine dining to great burgers and chili is served up with friendly Midwest hospitality. If shopping is your bag, we can fill yours to overflowing with antiques, collectibles, farm produce, pottery, ornaments and original art.