What is the best part of a TrailFest?
The people, seeing old friends, making new friends, people coming from all over to celebrate the Buckeye Trail.
What is the second best part of TrailFest?
The locations! Each year we travel to a different portion of Ohio to show off what makes the trail special in that area. Of course it is what the people of today have accomplished, but what about the people of yesterday. So much, so little time.
- Bones of Mastodons were located three times in Auglaize County before 1880.
- Great Chieftains such as Blue Jacket, James Blue Jacket, Black Hoof, Tecumseh, The Prophet, Peter Cornstalk, Little Turtle, Little Snake, Captain Logan, and others assembled in the area.
- Forts were built, Fort Amanda, 1812; Fort Loramie, 1794; Fort Recovery, 1793; Fort St. Marys, 1783; Fort Auglaize, 1748.
- St. Mary’s was originally called “Kettletown”, a Native American Village. Also known as “Fort Barbee” and “Girty Town”.
- New Breman in 1832, formed by a group called the City of Breman Society, a Protestant town.
- Piqua - Settled by European-American colonists and two separatist communities in 1780, known as Upper and Lower Piqua. United in 1800. “Piqua” is believed to be Shawnee for Othath-He-Waugh-Pe-Qua. Translated “he has risen from the ashes”, relation to the legend of the people.
- Maria Stein - German for “Mary of The Rock”, nicknamed “Land of the Cross-Tipped Churches”. Settled in early 19th century by immigrants from Germany.
- Miami and Erie Canal - Construction started July 25, 1825 in Middletown. Canal total cost $8,062,680.00. 248.8 miles long, rose to 512’ at Ohio River at Loramie. Revenue in 1852, $351,897.00.
- Flood of 1913 damaged many facilities, stopped most operation.
- Canal lands ceded to the Village of New Breman in 1967 to create a park and recreation area.
- Miami and Erie Canal Corridor Association in New Breman works to preserve and enhance the canal corridor.
- Wilderness Trail Museum in Ft. Loramie.
- Mad Anthony Wayne.
- Lockington Reserve Park, Bornhorst Woods, Gross Memorial Woods State Nature Preserve, Lockington Locks, Deep Cut Historical Park, Baker Woods Nature Preserve.
- Canal boat rides.
- And then there is what is at the TrailFest!