Ohio March 16, 2017
The One Ohio Town That’s So Perfectly Midwestern
There are some Ohio towns that are almost stereotypically Midwestern.
With the perfect blend of small city life and rural scenery, a deep pride in its local history and a heavily involved community, the town of Greenville, Ohio is almost the picture perfect definition of a Midwest town—and we love it. Here’s why Greenville is arguably Ohio’s most Midwestern town:
With a population of just a little more than 13,000, the mid-size town of Greenville, Ohio is a charming place to call home.
It's the historic location of Fort Greene Ville and the site on which the Treaty of Greenville was signed in 1795, which brought peace to the area and opened up the Northwest Territory for settlement.
And even though Annie Oakley was born in the small town of Brock, Ohio, Greenville proudly celebrates her with a bronze statue in Annie Oakley Memorial Plaza and a yearly town festival.
The 2017 Annie Oakley Festival will take place on July 28 - 30 at York Woods.
You can learn more about the history of the area, Annie Oakley and other historical figures at the town's very own Garst Museum.
You'll find the museum at 205 N Broadway St., Greenville, OH 45331.
While you're in town, be sure to stop at the Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe. It's a a modest joint that some might call a "hole-in-the-wall" visitors come from miles away to experience.
The unsuspecting sandwich shop has been family owned and operated since 1934. It's the place you come home to after you've been away or gone to college far away. Known for their mouthwatering loose meat sandwiches, milkshakes and Coca-Colas, (because they just taste better here), this unassuming sandwich shop is an Ohio classic all Ohioans need to visit at least once. (And don't forget to leave your chewing gum on the outside of the building!)
At the city park, there's always something going on. It's often the hub of community activities.
The park's bridge is a local landmark that spans Greenville Creek on the edge of downtown.
Each year, the town hosts Prairie Days in September to celebrate the local history and heritage of the area.
It's a free, fun-filled family event that takes place at Shawnee Prairie Preserve.
Historical demonstrations, apple butter cooking over the fire, volunteers dressed as pioneers and much more take place during Prairie Days.
It's a fun way to temporarily step back in time and experience the prairie way of life in the late 1700s and early 1800s.
So the next time you're in the area, be sure to stop at this iconically Midwestern town, where you'll find "Little Sure Shot" keeping watch over the comings and goings.
(And don't forget to try a Maid-Rite sandwich!)
Have you ever been to Greenville, Ohio? Do you think it’s the perfect example of a Midwest town? Let us know your thoughts!