Written by Cynthia Vogel, Submitted by The Versailles Area Historical Society
The Versailles Area Historical Society October Road Trip was to Arcanum in southern Darke County. Nine people enjoyed this trip, which included several stops in Arcanum as well as a stop at Bear's Mill on the way home.
Fred Troutwine of the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society was our guide at the Historical Society building and a walking tour. The walking tour included several old and interesting buildings, the deserted area where a railroad track once went through Arcanum, the lot where the log cabin owned by the town founder, Bill Gunder, was located, and the public library. At the Arcanum Public Library, library Director Marilyn Walden was our tour guide.
The Arcanum Public Library was once the home of the Ivester family. The Ivester House was built in 1874 by George Ivester. The Arcanum Public Library moved into this location in 1963 and has since experienced renovations and additions. Quite impressively, the original home of the Ivesters is well maintained and cared for. Director Marilyn Walden and members of the Arcanum library have left areas of this beautiful home intact for visitors to enjoy.
After lunch at the Old Arcana Restaurant we visited the All-American Clothing Company on Pop Rite Drive. (So named because the warehouse once was a pop corn plant.) Lawson Nickol was the tour guide in this facility. We visited a Show Room and the warehouse. This company supervises the manufacture and the distribution of clothing products that are 100% Made in the USA. The motivation for the sale of All-American Clothing is to provide an outstanding product and provide jobs for people in the United States. Very interesting and inspiring part of the trip. Check the label of the clothes you are wearing. Was it made in the USA? Probably not.
After a brief stop at Brumbaugh Fruit Farm, where several bought some goodies, we headed home. We stopped at Bear's Mill, located on Arcanum-Bear's Mill Road. We visited the Vietnam Memorial, the water falls on Greenville Creek, and toured the old Mill.
Several people in the group had never been to any of the stops we made on this trip. Amazing to me since it is only a short trip from Versailles to Arcanum.
Special thanks to the tour guides. They made this road trip very special!