Antwerp: The Otto Ehrhart – Paulding County Historical Society museum in Antwerp houses the collection of more than 500 mounted birds ranging from bald eagles, all kinds of ducks and song birds, to the tiniest humming bird. In addition, you can see a large collection of mounted animals. Many remains of the canal era are still visible. The county was the site of the junction where the Wabash and Erie canal left the Auglaize and headed for Fort Wayne, while the Miami and Erie canal split to the south to Cincinnati.
Archbold: Archbold, Ohio is that rarity among communities. A small town of 4,000+ residents which support over 7,000 jobs. In 1999, Archbold chose to become a “Community of Character”. The village, churches and businesses are working hard to improve and promote positive character for our youth and community. For more information visit us at
Bowling Green: Bowling Green is the energetic home of Bowling Green State University that interweaves the traditions of the past with the progress of the present. As the county seat of Wood County, the city’s Main Street and downtown area have a plentiful supply of historic buildings and shops. Nearby is the Wood County Historical Center, open April through October, with a variety of special programs and events, along with Snooks Dream Cars Automobile Museum. Bowling Green also hosts the annual National Tractor Pull as well as a great selection of cultural activities in theater, art and music.
Take a walk through historic downtown. Our shopping area is highlighted by store-fronts dating back to the 1800’s. Diverse retail businesses sell craft supplies, unique gift items, sporting goods, art, clothing, and much more. Everything is available within a four or five block area. Take your shopping break at one of Bowling Green’s restaurants or deli shops.
Bryan: One of America’s top 100 small towns, Bryan’s town square says it all. As the Willams County seat, the city today is a thriving community that prides itself in providing the best in education, recreation and the arts.For more information on the city of Bryan call 419-636-2247
Defiance: Historic Defiance, at the confluence of the Maumee, Tiffin and Auglaize rivers, has seen every wave of human activity for 12,000 years. It has been the site of villages of many Indian tribes, forts of many wars, a major canal town, and a railroad center. Today, it is a great place to live, attend college and visit.For more information call 1-800-686-4382.
Delphos: Settlement of Delphos began in the 1830s and 1840s as workers came to build the Miami and Erie Canal. By 1851 four small communities had developed, and agreed to merge as one town, taking the name Delphos. It thrived as a canal port and as a railroad center in the late 19th century. In 1913 it was included on the original route of the Lincoln Highway–America’s first coast-to-coast roadway. Today’s visitors to Delphos have access to four city parks, the Canal Days festival , and the Buckeye Trail.
Findlay: Findlay derived its name from Colonel James Findlay, Commander of the second regiment in the War of 1812. It was first laid out in the year 1821 by Joseph Vance and Elnathan Cory. Wilson Vance gave the town of Findlay its name. The early spelling of Findley was incorrect but was used until 1870 when the correct and modern spelling (Findlay) was used. The high level of civic pride and patriotism in Findlay, Ohio, has earned the community the distinction of being named “Flag City U.S.A.” During the 1960s, the Findlay community began celebrating June 14, Flag Day, by decorating virtually every home and business in the city with more than 14,000 U.S. flags. This inspiring display led to a congressional declaration in 1974, when Findlay was officially christened “Flag City U.S.A.”
Fort Wayne: Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne marks the confluence of the St. Marys and St. Joseph Rivers, forming the Maumee River. The park is a year-round center of festivals and family activities. Access to Historic Fort Wayne is available via footbridge. Several Rivergreenway trails are also accessible at the park. No visit to Fort Wayne is complete without these stops:
- The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library — Home of the world’s second largest genealogy collection, you can trace your heritage with guidance from experts who have over 500,000 documents available for research. For more information call 260-421-1225.
- Museums: Fort Wayne has outstanding historical museums, including the History Center, Firefighters Museum, African/African-American Historical Museum, Macedonian Museum, and Cathedral Museum; all offer exhibits and displays that are each unique and interesting. Art museums and galleries include Artlink, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne Visual Arts Gallery, the University of St. Francis School of Creative Arts Gallery, and more. The Allen County Courthouse, a National Historic Landmark, has been recently restored to its turn of the century magnificence.
Grand Rapids: The head of the rapids of the Maumee River had been a strategic gathering place for thousands of years. Today, thousands of people still gather for special events like the fall Apple Butter Fest. Grand Rapids has much to offer visitors– bed and breakfast accomodations, restaurants, antique stores, bookstores, and specialty shops. Visitors are able to step back in time and enjoy the natural setting of this beautifully restored canal town. The downtown area contains a perfect blend of the past and the present. Just 20 minutes from Toledo.
Lima: Lima is located in Allen County, Ohio, on Interstate-75. Lima’s Allen County Historical Museum complex at 620 West Market Street includes the MacDonell House, a log cabin, the Shay Locomotive, and a railway exhibit. Artspace Lima showcases local art, while Fort Amanda Park provides a great place to canoe on the Auglaize River. The Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District offers a wide array of recreational opportunities.