Johnston Farm open for 2023 season


PIQUA — The Johnston Farm & Indian Agency in Piqua is open for the 2023 season in the months of April through October.

Located at 9845 N. Hardin Road, Johnston Farm & Indian Agency is named after one of Piqua’s earliest settlers, John Johnston. Visitors to the farm can learn details of Johnston’s life while experiencing the rich history of the farm and Indian Agency that’s been preserved for generations.

During the months of April, May, September and October, Johnston Farm & Indian Agency is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for school groups; the public is welcome when a school or other group is there. Otherwise, it is open in June, July and August, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Regular site admission is $10 per adult; $9/seniors, AAA and military; $5/students 6-12; and free for Johnston Farm Friends, Ohio History Connection members, and children 5 and under. The Farm is closed on holidays.

The Johnston Farm & Indian Agency 2023 program calendar includes the following:

• History Alive at Fort Piqua — Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Over 60 of the very best, carefully selected re-enactors will gather at the Johnston Farm & Indian Agency to present a historical timeline of the years 1748 through 1862, years which mark the period of the greatest historical significance for this land. Friday evening will include a lantern tour of the site’s camps to give visitors a different look at life during these times.

• Evening on the Canal — Saturday, Aug. 5 at 6:30 p.m.: This is a reservation event and begins in the museum with a picnic-style meal, after which guests will board the General Harrison of Piqua for a twilight journey on the canal that is always full of surprises for each passenger. This year, canal-era musician Russ Franzen will be along for the ride as he presents a program featuring his compositions entitled, “Songs of the Miami and Erie Canal.” The cost is $35 for adults and $30 for children ages 6 through 12.

• Fall Celebration at the Johnston Farm — Saturday, Oct. 14 noon to 5 p.m.: This special day of activities will include two canal boat rides to give passengers and idea of what canawlers saw in 1845 as they moved across western Ohio by canal boat, tours of the Johnston home, and more demonstrations and activities.

• Christmas at the Johnston Farm — Saturday, Dec. 2, a reservation event. Visitors enjoy the opportunity to “peal back” the cover of history, and gain some insight into Christmases past and learn a bit more about where many current traditions that are a part of current celebrations have come from, and what they mean.

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