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Darke County, Ohio is home to over 52,000 people who reside in eight different villages and cities and exemplify the midwestern ideals of hard work and neighborly cooperation. Named after Lt. Col. William Darke, a Revolutionary war-officer, and birthplace of famed sharpshooter and entertainer Annie Oakley, the county is the only “Darke County” in the entire Unites States. And, at 605 square miles, it’s the eighth largest of Ohio’s 88 counties. Darke County is a family-friendly area with convenient access to some of Ohio’s largest cities, making it a unique combination of small town charm and big city amenities.

There is plenty to do in Darke County and the surrounding areas, including historical attractions, museums, outdoor activities, shopping, and plenty of recreational opportunities you won’t find in many other places, like a fully operational motor speedway. Darke County is a great place to live, learn, and work—filled with friendly people, good schools, and an innovative spirit that’s alive and well.

Please click on the links below to learn more about what Darke County has to offer.             

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Things to Do

Historical Attractions: Friends of Bear’s Mill

Built in 1849 by Gabriel Baer, Bear's Mill is one of the few operating water powered mills in Ohio today. The site of the present mill, as well as the water rights, was granted to Major George Adams by Presidential Deed by President James Monroe in 1824

Museums: Darke County Historical Society

The Darke County Historical Society is guided by strong commitment to its core values of preservation of the past, education, customer service, and a strong fiscal and governing responsibility


Auto Racing / Eldora Speedway

Recently purchased by NASCAR great, Tony Stewart,  this 1/2 mile dirt oval is home to the Historical Big One, World 100, The Dream, and Kings Royal

Outdoor Recreational Activities

Golf Course: Greenville Golf Course

Shopping Darke County

Darke County offers residents and visitors quite a diverse selection of shopping opportunities. Whether you prefer the uniqueness of locally owned shops or the familiarity of nationally known chains, you will certainly find something to meet your needs.

Darke County Chambers

Darke County Board of Commissioners

Darke County Visitors Bureau

Darke County Chamber of Commerce

Darke County Community Improvement Corporation & Darke County Economic Development