Beside the Stillwater
Day One Morning
Stillwater Prairie Reserve
Enjoy 380 acres of pure nature at the Stillwater Prairie Reserve. Be sure to bring your walking shoes for miles of walking and hiking trails, and take the time to stop and observe the diverse wildlife that inhabits this area. The trails run along woodlands, hills, and meadows so you can enjoy a variety of scenery. If fishing is your kind of hobby, be sure to bring your fishing equipment and visit one of the two ponds, where no license in required.
The main entrance is located at 9750 N. St. Rt. 185. This is west of St. Rt. 48 and E. of St. Rt. 721, north of Covington.
On days with nice weather and safe water levels in the river you may also park at our Rangeline Road Access parking lot to reach the south side of Stillwater Prairie Reserve. The two areas are divided by the Scenic Stillwater River and you must wade the river to gain access to each side. The address for this location is 7790 N. Rangeline Rd., Covington. Rangeline Road is just east of the main Park entrance, east of St. Rt. 48.
Stop at the Alexander Barn to view and admire the Joseph’s Coat quilt pattern. Built in the early 1800’s this two story barn is still a fully functioning barn used to house and raise livestock, and to store straw, hay, and grain. Take some extra time to watch and enjoy the livestock.
Located south of Covington on the west side of the county. Rt. 48 runs north/south through Covington. Falknor Rd. intersects Rt. 48. Turn west on Falknor Rd. and then south on Rangeline. Property is located on the east side between Panther Creek and Sugar Grove roads.
Take time away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of Covington, Ohio. This village is home to unique specialty shops and restaurants with delicious foods and excellent hospitality. Be sure to walk around this town and enjoy its scenic surroundings.
Day One Lunch
Buffalo Jack’s Restaurant & Tavern
Open since 1983, Buffalo Jack’s offers a unique southwestern and Native American atmosphere with delicious food, and displays a wide collection of animals for your viewing pleasure. The stuffed buffalo that waits to greet you at the front entrance is a can’t miss!
137 S. High Street
After lunch be sure to stop at Landis General Store, and the Ye Olde Collectible Shoppe for antiques and collectibles to remember your trip!
Day One 2pm
Built by the owners in 1975 this barn displays the Goshen Star pattern, and has housed pleasure horses, standard bred horses, and hogs for 4H projects.
From Covington go south on St. Rt. 48, turn west on Walnut St. and continue to W. Lauver Rd., which curves to the right, and then right on N. Owens Rd. There is a gravel driveway that will take you right up to the barn.
Day One 3pm
This post and beam style barn, built in the late 1800’s, is home to the Evening Star quilt pattern, picked by the owner because it was a favorite of her Grandmother.
217 Walnut Street
Pleasant Hill, Ohio
Pleasant Hill is located on the west side of Miami County. Rt. 48 runs north and south through the middle of downtown “P-Hill” as the locals call it, where you will find the statue of a Civil War Soldier in the intersection of Rt. 48 and Rt. 718. Walnut St. is three streets north of Rt. 718 (Monument St.). Turn west and go just past Church St. – one block or so. It’s on the left side (south side) of road.
Day One 4pm
This barn, which is home to the Wood Lily quilt pattern, is over 100 years old. This property has grown tobacco, various crops, and has also been home to steers and 4H rabbits.
While on the property be sure to visit the corner of Mowry and Thomas Road and view the cement post which has the date of 1908 on it. Records show this area as being a small town called Lickskillet, and a one room school house 3/4 mile south served this area. Used as a residence for many years, fire destroyed the old school house in the late 1990s.
6035 Thomas Road
Pleasant Hill, Ohio
Located just northeast of Pleasant Hill. Take St. Route 48 north from the center of Pleasant Hill; turn right (east) onto W. Thomas Rd. Continue about 1-1/2 miles to Mowery Rd. The barn is located on the northwest corner of this intersection and the quilt square is on the side that actually faces Mowry Rd. The quilt square is best viewed looking West (coming from the East) on Thomas Rd. toward Mowry.ﾠﾠ
Day One 5pm
Hand constructed from wood in 1954, displays the Mexican Cross. This barn was originally used as a cattle barn, and also as a corn crib, along with having two grain bins.
8893 Fenner Road
Ludlow Falls, Ohio
Located Northwest of Ludlow Falls.ﾠﾠ From St. Rt. 48 north of Ludlow Falls, take Fenner Rd. west to the intersection of Rangeline Rd.ﾠﾠﾠﾠ Property is located at intersection and can be viewed from both roads.ﾠﾠ There is a lane in front of barn which faces the quilt to use for parking.
Day Two Morning
Brukner Nature Center
Brukner Nature Center is a must see for all nature enthusiasts! Privately funded, this nonprofit nature preserve is dedicated to environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation. This 165 acre preserve is surrounded by the Scenic Stillwater River. Over six miles of hiking trails run through a variety of terrains including, a pine forest, prairie, woodlands, and wetland. Brukner Nature Center is also an Ohio birding hotspot as noted in the newly published Waterford Press Pocket Guide to Ohio Birds.
Naturalists provide guided tours & presentations for groups. Call to schedule. Interpretive building, which offers a nature shop, bird vista rooms, wild-life exhibits, and hands on displays is open to public 7 days a week, Mon-Sat, 9-5, $2.50 per person or $10 per family, Sunday 12:30 – 5:00 pm., Free. Closed holidays. Trails are open sunrise to sunset.
Day Two Lunch
Bianco’s Pearson House Restaurant
This unique restaurant provides each guest with a feeling of coming home as soon as they walk through the door. It is here you are treated like family and are served with delicious, hunger satisfying food. Their desserts alone will keep you coming back!
28 South Miami Street
West Milton, Ohio
Day Two 1pm
West Milton, Ohio
While in West Milton be sure to stop by the Wertz Variety Store, Spice Rack & Bulk Foods, and the Hen’s Nest for a variety of crafts and decorations for your home.
Day Two 2pm
This Country Farm pattern was chosen for this barn because it suited the location. The barn, now used for storage, is constructed of wood and originally built in the 1800’s.
This property is located due west of West Milton. From Route 48 north of West Milton, take Markley Road west to S. Davis Road, turn left (south) and continue past Rt. 571 to Milton-Potsdam Rd., turn right (west).
OR – take Rt. 571 west from West Milton, turn left onto Milton-Potsdam Rd.; the property is just past S. Davis Rd. on the south side. It sits back off the road and there are no other buildings. If the corn is high, you may have difficulty seeing it. To view it up close, you will need to drive down the unpaved lane….and there is a little cleared area at the barn to park for one vehicle.ﾠﾠ
Day Two 3pm
1966 South Miami Street (St. Rt. 48)
West Milton, Ohio
Located south of West Milton. From Rt. 48, as you are travel south from West Milton, it is a large white hip barn on the east side of the street, near intersection of Frederick-Garland Rd.