Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Lecture on Early Greene Ville at Library

Nathanael Greene had an unusual spelling of his name.
November 21st marks the 222nd anniversary since General Anthony Wayne established Greene Ville in 1793. To commemorate this important date local historian Richard Halley will present a talk on “Greene Ville - Prophetstown - Greenville” on Saturday the 21st at 1:00 p.m. at the Greenville Public Library. Reservations are not required but appreciated. Please call 548-3915 or join us on Facebook. Refreshments will be served.

General Anthony Wayne named his new fortified town after his good friend Nathanael Greene. Hear about Nathanael & Catharine Greene and this important friendship with Wayne during the Indian conflicts and the Revolutionary years. Greene Ville was abandoned in 1797 and the Indian settlement of Prophetstown set up in the nearby Mud Creek valley in the spring of 1805.

Shawnee warrior Tecumseh and his brother Tenskwatawa the Prophet were leading an Indian revival in an attempt to secure their lands as was designated in past treaties. Thousands of people from dozens of tribes lived in the area until the spring of 1808.

That August 14th of 1808 John Devor platted the first streets of what is now modern Greenville by utilizing the streets of the old fort. This date is the official start-date for Greenville as was celebrated at its Sesquicentennial in 1958 and Bicentennial in 2008. Then in 1817 Darke County was established when it split from Miami County.

You’ll see many original maps, document, letters, and the Treaty of Greene Ville and hear more stories than there is time for! Greenville has been the site of many significant events in our country’s history which you will come to appreciate. Richard has spent many years in meticulous research and enjoys sharing his findings.

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