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“Museum of quality and variety!”
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Garst Museum
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Greenville, Ohio
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16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Museum of quality and variety!”
Reviewed 31 July 2013

The Garst Museum in Greenville, OH has various exhibits back to the settlement of Greenville, signing of NorthWest Territory with actual miniature display, Annie Oakley, Lowell Thomas, Zachary Lansdowne, and Iddings Indy racing car to name a few of the extensive exhibits. Also an old town setting with bank, dentist and various other businesses that made up the downtown of years ago. You will be amazed at what all you can see and reflect upon in each of the rooms. Then you will have to come back to re-visit and still not see it all.

Visited June 2013
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Greenville, Ohio
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89 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Annie Oakley, Indian Treaty & Lowell Thomas showcase”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

I've been to Deadwood and seen some information on Annie Oakley at that location, but Garst Museum is the place to go to really see who Annie was. She was born and died in Darke County, Ohio and their exhibit is wonderful. The museum also has a section on newscaster Lowell Thomas as well as exhibits on the Indian Treaty. Plan on spending a whole day at this location and be sure to eat at the famous Maid-rite just around the corner. Just please don't come on Mondays when the museum is closed. Annie Oakley days are always the third weekend in July. That is when they have reinactments at the museum yard as well as the Peace house across the street. It's also when KitchenAid has their big sale downtown greenville.

Visited July 2013
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Greenville, Ohio
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24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Great little museum. Treaty of Greenville, Annie Oakley, Lowell Thomas artifacts. Well worth a visit

Visited June 2013
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Fort Wayne, IN
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25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A Surprise Worth Finding”
Reviewed 29 May 2013

Traveling through Greenville with friends, we allowed an hour or so to check out the Garst Museum. We stayed 3 hours and enjoyed it very much. We had 1 person in our group with a walker and the museum accomodated it well (except for the 2nd floor). All the exhibits were enjoyable. Glad we made time to see this. Historical info on Fort Greenville wa especially interesting. It was worth the time.

Visited May 2013
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Evanston, Il
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225 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Brilliant Regional Museum -- Full of Surprises”
Reviewed 21 April 2013

My wife is expert in finding really interesting attractions to visit in slightly out of the way places. We were heading back to Chicago from Nashville and Columbus, and the Garst Museum popped up at her out of our road atlas. What a good find!

Greenville was the home of both travel writer Lowell Thomas and sharpshooter Annie Oakley, and two of the principal exhibits in the museum surround these famous natives. In addition, Greenville was the site of the Treaty of Green Ville, a major treaty that disenfranchised the Indian people of the area (the one that Tecumseh refused to sign). There is a major exhibit on the history of relations with the Indians, including the main personalities on both sides.

All of these exhibitions are astonishingly well done, and very well laid out along a walking tour of the museum through the original Garst house and the later add-on buildings. There are a whole series of life-size period rooms from the late 19th century through mid-20th.

The museum, as many regional museums do, also serves as the local attic for residents who are downsizing. There is a big room full of old farm equipment, miscellaneous belongings, and even a pair of millstones. However, the Garst Museum has managed to arrange even these odds and ends into an interesting, well-curated collection.

The Garst Museum is worth going out of your way to see.

Visited April 2013
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