Architecture, Art & Antiques – Home.Grown.Treasures.
Located in the heart of Piqua is the town’s historic gem, the beautifully restored Fort Piqua Plaza. This is an architectural treasure that was restored to the 1914 remodeled era of the hotel. Previously known and beloved at the Fort Piqua Hotel, it was transformed into a spectacular multi-use community building, housing the Piqua Public Library, a community banquet facility and a much loved Piqua tradition – Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffees – an absolute must to visit. Visitors can enjoy the magnificent lobby with the perfectly restored stained glass windows, breathtaking skylight and an opportunity to appreciate the well-worn gray Tennessee marble grand staircase. The library boasts of a large local history collection as well as genealogical research resources and historical displays from the Piqua and the Northern Miami Valley. The second floor houses a Piqua art gallery as well as visitor friendly Local History Department, containing items from the local museum placed throughout the building among other exhibits. Reservations for this tour required. Allow an hour. Elevator available. 937-773-6753 www.TheFortPiquaPlaza.com
“A Time of Change-Downtown Piqua 1890” is a self-guided walking tour that is available at the local history department of the Piqua Public Library (116 W. High St.) or Mainstreet Piqua/Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce (326 N. Main St.). Your tour begins in the 500 block of N. Main St. Allow approximately 1-2 hours for this tour.
While touring downtown Piqua, enjoy shopping at some of our local downtown Piqua businesses.
Enjoy lunch at one of Piqua’s local restaurants. Contact Leiann Stewart, Group Sales Manager, at the Miami County Visitors & Convention Bureau at 800-348-8993 for recommendations or visit www.HomeGrownGreat.com.
Make your way to downtown Tipp City where you will enjoy some unique architecture and history and some wonderful local shopping.
The Tippecanoe Historical Society members offer walking tours of the five-block downtown historic district, including an old opera house, converted mill and dozens of historic homes. Reservations required for groups. There is a required donation to the Tippecanoe Historical Society for this tour.
Downtown Tipp City offers some fabulous specialty store shopping with an eclectic assortment of treasures. The majority of the Main Street shops and businesses are housed in many original structures from the past, lending a historic atmosphere. Some of the shops you will be visiting include The Hotel Gallery, formerly a 3-story hotel which contains beautiful pottery and batiks plus 2 additional floors of work by local artists, Urban Ava, Hapinstance, Midwest Memories and Cairns Toys. And, if your battery needs to be recharged, you can enjoy a cup of tea at The Golden Leaf Tea Room.
Board motorcoach and relax at your hotel before dinner and your evening activity.
Wine & Canvas – Just east of the Stillwater River, on the outskirts of West Milton, the Old Mason Winery & Vineyard is nestled in amongst corn fields and farmsteads. The perfect rural setting to unwind in. Relax in their unique bricked tasting room, or on the patio with a vineyard view, while sipping on their handcrafted wines. Your group will enjoy a tour of the production facility and the vineyards as well as a wine tasting. They currently offer nine varieties of wine. $5/person for 1 oz. of five different wines. $10/person for 2 oz. of five different wines. The tour and tasting can last from 1-2 hours, whatever fits the group’s schedule. After the tour and tasting, order dinner from one of Miami County’s local pizzerias or restaurants. It will be brought right in for you to enjoy at Old Mason Winery & Vineyard. Then, channel your inner artist and prepare to be inspired as you are taught step-by-step how to paint on canvas. No talent or experience is necessary. The instructor will teach you everything you need to know.
Old Mason Winery, 937-698-1122 www.OldMason.com
Wine & Canvas, 937-999-8868, www.WineAndCanvas.com
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel and then depart at 8:45 am for downtown Troy.
Your first stop for today is a tour of the Miami County Courthouse. The courthouse combines beautiful Greek and Roman architecture with five cast iron domes. This Masterpiece was designed in 1885 by Ohio native, J.W. Yost. Completed in 1888, the courthouse stands as one of the tallest structures in the county, towering 185 feet above the Great Miami River. The tip of the building is fitted with a copper statue of justice with bronze statues in attendance. Inside, the dome is guarded by a number of colorful visages representing cultures from around the world. Frescoed plaster ceilings, arches ornamented with representations of local agricultural produce, marble wainscoting, mosaic tile, and brilliant woodwork also make the inside of this structure an architectural treasure.
The historic Mayflower Theater, built in 1928 at the height of the silent movie era, is now home to the Mayflower Arts Center. The Mayflower Arts Center is a visual and performance arts center featuring gallery spaces, fine arts retail and artist studios. It also houses a large theater seating 132 people and features a 30’ movie screen and digital projection surround sound. This theater is available for lectures, art films, and meetings. The Mayflower Arts Center offers a variety of classes and workshops for people of all ages and groups of all sizes. Groups can enjoy a private tour of this historic downtown Troy theater, enjoy local art, take a class or enjoy a film. Reservations required. 937-552-5848 www.MayflowerArtsCenter.com
Before lunch, enjoy downtown Troy by visiting the many unique shops located about two blocks in any direction from the town square and beautiful fountain. Groups can visit Bakehouse Bread, Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffees, The Savvy Squirrel, The Olive Oasis, Ashley’s Boutique, Amish Country Furniture, Country Bulk Barn, David Fair on the Square, Bottle No. 121 and many more. There is something for everyone.
For more details on shopping and restaurants or information on a formal walking tour with historic information, please visit www.TroyMainStreet.org.
Have a special catered lunch in one of our well known historic locations. Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, a cultural arts center housed in a beautifully restored 1914 mansion, was donated by the Hayner family to the community of Troy to be used for cultural programming, art exhibits, and workshops. Groups may have a delicious catered meal, tour the mansion and enjoy the current art exhibits.
Next you will visit the historic Eldean Covered Bridge set amongst the backdrop of Miami County’s vast farmland and the tree-lined corridor of the Great Miami River. Built in 1860, it’s one of the only two covered bridges remaining in the county and is the longest “Long Truss” covered bridge in the nation. Today, visitors can still cross the protected barriers of this historic landmark, both on foot and by car. Either way, the design, and craftsmanship will no doubt take you back to another time in Miami County’s early history. (Doug Christian)
There are over 60 perfect backdrops across Miami County for that one or two or three special photos, the Miami County Barn Quilts. You can decide at some point during your stay in Miami County to drive the entire Barn Quilt tour or you can take brief detours to a few of them as you are traveling from destination to destination over the course of your stay. The barn quilts are 8’ x 8’ squares that are colorful, hand painted folk art renditions of traditional quilt patterns. They celebrate the unique rural and agricultural experience in Miami County. No two are alike. When you stop, feel free to get out, visit with the owners and take photos. For a Barn Quilt brochure, please call Leiann Stewart, Group Sales Manager, at the Miami County Visitors & Convention Bureau at 800-348-8993.