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Johnny Appleseed Festival

October 1, 2022 @ 8:00 AM - October 2, 2022 @ 4:00 PM EDT

This is our biggest event of the year!

As fall arrives this is the last chance to revive all of your senses, to create a mental picture that will carry you through the winter. In addition to our regular activities, we’ll also be making apple cider, sorghum molasses, kettle corn and more.

As you walk through the pioneer village, you will notice the Train Depot. You can pass through the depot, purchase a $2 ticket at the window and wait on the platform for the next train! The conductor will punch your ticket and tour you around the village grounds. Wave as you pass by!

After the train you may smell the Kettle Corn! Buy a bag or two to enjoy or take home for a bedtime snack.

You may be hungry by now and want to fill up with a bowl of soup or hot sandwich at the Concession stand located in the Big Red Barn! Eat inside or out at the shelter near the Rotary Office.

If you time it right, you can take your dessert and catch a performance by Johnny Appleseed. He will be hanging out back by the Kinner Log Home. Show times are posted at his tent.

Now’s the time to keep touring and walk off all that good food! You may have already visited the front of the Village: the Sherry Schoolhouse, Doc Cameron’s Office, the Mark Center Post Office, the Minsel Barbershop, and the Arthur Telephone Office. Did you pick up a souvenir at the General Store? Outside the store, the kids can also grind corn and for a small donation, the resulting corn meal can be taken home.

The back of the Village can’t be missed! To the far south end we have two gems. These two structures were built during the Great Depression to house CCC workers. They later housed POW’s (mostly German) in the area. They have been moved to the Village and house our Military collection and our Natural Science collection. The Natural Science building has been recently renovated and climate controlled thanks to the generosity of the Justin Coressel Foundation, the Moose, and the VFW Post 3360. Don’t miss the sawmill sawing the timber into boards of various sizes and the Hale Logging Shanty, the woodshop, the still and the two story Kinner Log Home.

Making your way back up to toward the front you can see demonstrators making Sorghum Molasses and Apple Cider! All are available to take home with a suggested donation. The very front of the Village, to the south, houses our Farm Exhibits, the Diehl Brewery’s Corliss Engine, and the model railroad museum.

Saturday 8am – ? Sunday 9am – 4pm


October 1, 2022 @ 8:00 AM EDT
October 2, 2022 @ 4:00 PM EDT
Event Category:


Defiance County Historical Society
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First Day Open/Close Times:
October 1, 2022 8 am - 5 pm
Second Day Open/Close Times:
October 2, 2022 8 am - 4 pm
Event Genre
1890-1930, Roaring 20s/Prohibition Era
Available At The Event
Civilians, Food Vendors, Demos, Merchants, Entertainers
Years Portrayed at Event


Auglaize Village and Farm Museum
12296 Krouse Rd.
Defiance, OH 43512 United States
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