Johnston Farm and Indian Agency
The focal point of this peaceful 200-acre park is John Johnston –farmer, public official, and United States Indian Agent for western Ohio from 1812 to 1829. Here Johnston’s numerous contributions to the growth of early Ohio and settlement of frontier America are presented in a truly unique and beautiful setting.
Today, visitors enjoy the home and farm of this most extraordinary man much as it appeared in 1829. Preserved and furnished structures include Johnston’s two-story mixed Dutch Colonial/Georgian style farmhouse, a unique two-story spring house, and a cider house. Costumed interpreters and craft demonstrators provide farm tours and display activities in the summer kitchen and fruit kiln areas. A mammoth double-penned log barn, constructed in 1808, is reputed to be the oldest and largest of its type in Ohio, and is still in use on the grounds. Nearby a ring-shaped mound earthwork discovered and preserved by Johnston was constructed by people of the Adena culture over 2,000 years ago.
Afterwards, guests may enjoy a ride aboard the General Harrison, a replica 70 foot-long mixed cargo canal boat often used for transportation of passengers and cargo in the 19th century. Costumed guides direct the mule-drawn boat to provide an authentic and memorable experience for all.
The Piqua Historical Area State Memorial was established as Ohio’s 47th state historic site in 1965. The Johnston farm and Miami & Erie Canal areas were formally opened on 3 September 1972, with the dedication of the museum facility following on 20 May 1973. Today the site is administered through the Ohio Historical Society’s Site Operations Department.
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