Friday, April 14, 2017


Join us on May 6 at the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society located at 123 West George St. in Arcanum. From 9am-noon we will be open to “kick-off” our sponsored self-guided driving tour of selected old one and two room school houses of Twin and Van Buren Townships in Darke County.

Coffee will be served along with the opportunity to pick up a brochure and view the map and information posted about the tour as well as photos and other memorabilia regarding the old school houses from our research library at AWTHS. May is also National Historic Preservation Month and what better way to see preservation than to drive by and see these old historic educational buildings from the past. We will also have a display at the Arcanum Public Library about our upcoming events. Points of interest include these schools and locations: Center, old Arcanum School on East South, Nealeigh, Tar Bucket, Oakland, Poplar Ridge, Ninevah, #9, Delisle, and West Point.
As always we welcome your contributions-whether stories as a student or teacher or photos and souvenir programs.

Brochures are also available through our web site under the event tab as well as locations in Arcanum and Greenville: Arcanum Public Library, Darke County Visitor Bureau and Garst. The event is also on our FB page where you can view and post as well as contact our organization.

Please remember most of these properties and school houses are private property. The Center School on Grubbs Rex Road will be open September 10 from 2-4pm. This is the only site that will be open and only on this date. Information and updates about this future event is on the AWTHS FB event page.

Browse the old house on May 6, learn the history and view other displays. One of our latest acquisitions is the old letter sorter and post masters desk from the John Smith Co. Store where the first post office was located in Arcanum.

Spring events include: April 22 Arcanum Alumni Open House from 1-4 pm and May kick off for the driving tour of old school houses. Quality vendors are needed for the Farmers Market on Saturday mornings in the summer. Produce, antiques, crafts, fresh flowers and baked goods are examples. Simply set up prior to the market. Spaces are first come.

Summer hours at the AWTHS are open the first and second Saturday of the month (June, July and August) from 9-noon. The second Saturday’s will be our Coffee and Conversation series. The research library will also be open the first Saturday and only from 9-10am the day of the Coffee sessions. Appointments are encouraged. Visit our web site or FB page. E-mail is

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