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2009 VISITORS GUIDE

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Welcome
Stop by the Visitors Center, located within Grand Lake St . Marys State Park, 900 Edgewater Drive, St . Marys, Ohio or call us for further information . We will be glad to help you plan your visit .

For more information on Ohio’s Historic West, visit www .ohioshistoricwest .com

Welcome to the Greater Grand Lake St . Marys Region, a diverse vacation destination, rich with history, hospitality and fun . From exploring man’s first step onto the Moon to enjoying water sports on Ohio’s largest inland lake, we think you’ll find it the perfect escape from the everyday, ordinary routine .

Contents
Avanti Group is proud to include The Greater Grand Lake St . Marys Region Visitors Guide in its family of publications . © 2009 by Avanti Group 8530 N . Canton Center Rd . Canton, MI 48187 800 .239 .5042 www .publishingbyavanti .com Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information, it is always advisable to call ahead before traveling . Photography provided by: Shelley Grieshop, Grand Lake Gallery, Coldwater, John Zwez, Wapakoneta and Jeff Pontsler, Grand Lake Independent-com.

Of Historic Interest . . . . . . . Museums . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marinas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Boating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fishing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lighthouses . . . . . . . . . . . Accommodations Guide . . . Parks & Recreation . . . . . . . Outdoor Recreation . . . . . . Public Golf Courses . . . . . . . Shopping . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Camping . . . . . . . . . . . . . Religious Attractions . . . . . . Points of Interest . . . . . . . . Festivals, Fairs & Celebrations Index of Advertisers . . . . . . Area Information . . . . . . . .

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Of Historic Interest
Armstrong Air & Space Museum
Named in honor of astronaut Neil Armstrong, a Wapakoneta native, the museum chronicles Ohioans’ contributions to the history of flight . See a moon rock and the Gemini VIII spacecraft . Admission charge . Open year round Tue .-Sat: 9:30am-5pm; Sun . and holidays: Noon-5pm . Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day .

Bicycle Museum of America
This museum is the largest private bicycle museum in the world dedicated to the history of cycling . The museum opened in 1997 in downtown New Bremen . Featuring over 350 bicycles and countless pieces of memorabilia, the collection includes bicycles from the former Schwinn Museum in Chicago . Admission charge . Summer hours: Mon .-Fri .: 11am-7pm, Sat .: 11am2pm . Winter hours: Mon .-Fri .: 11am-5pm, Sat .: 11am-2pm .

500 S . Apollo Drive, Wapakoneta, OH 45895 (Located at I-75 & Exit 111) 419-738-8811/ 800-860-0142 www .ohiohistory .org

7 W . Monroe St ., New Bremen, OH 45869 (Corner of SR-274 & SR-66) 419-629-9249 www .bicyclemuseum .com

Fort Recovery State Museum
Fort Recovery is the site of two of the most dramatic Indian battles in American history . Museum features Wayne soldiers, a lifelike warrior, battle descriptions and one of the largest Indian artifact collections on display in Ohio . On the grounds are two reconstructed blockhouses, a connecting stockade and the Greenville Treaty Line marker . A 103’ monument stands to remember the 900+ soldiers that died here and an oak One Fortsite St ., Fort Recovery, OH 45846 tree to remember the 419-375-4649 www .fortrecoverymuseum .com Native Americans . Other attractions are a log home, blacksmith shop, historical walkway, local walk-by museum and a state park . Admission charge . Open daily noon-5pm, June-August . Open weekends May-September .
Group tours available by appointment at all museums.

Auglaize County Courthouse
This neoclassical structure of Berea sandstone features a central gallery open to the second floor making the stained glass skylight visible from both floors . “The Copper Lady,” who once stood proudly atop the courthouse tower, now has a prominent place in the gallery . Restored for the courthouse’s 100th birthday in 1994, “The Copper Lady” once again reigns over the buildings activities . 201 Willipie St ., Wapakoneta, OH 45895 www .auglaizecounty .org Seventeen elementary schools in Auglaize County raised 453,589 pennies for her restoration .
Group tours available by appointment at all museums.

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Mercer County Courthouse
Forty-foot Ionic columns grace the four entrances to the Greek Revival, gray Bedford limestone courthouse in the heart of Celina . Its impressive interior is enhanced with large bronze doors, marble floors, walls and staircases as well as a colored glass dome .

Local History Museums
An appreciation of the local heritage can be seen in the many area history museums . Unless otherwise stated, the hours open are limited, but all can be viewed by appointment . Group tours are also available . Call for more information .

Auglaize County Historical Society - Mooney Museum
223 S . Main St ., St . Marys, OH 45885 419-394-5243

Minster Historical Society
112 W . Fourth St ., Minster, OH 45865

101 N . Main St ., Celina, OH 45822 419-586-3178 for group tour information www .mercercountyohio .org

Auglaize County Historical Society - Wapakoneta Museum
206 W . Main St ., Wapakoneta, OH 45895 419-738-9701

New Bremen Historical Museum

120 N . Main St ., PO Box 73, New Bremen, OH 45869-0073 419-629-8902 www .newbremenhistory .org

Group tours available by appointment at all museums.

Cridersville Historical Museum
111 W . Sugar St ., Cridersville, OH 45806 419-645-5374

New Knoxville Historical Museum

107 E . German St ., New Knoxville, OH 45871 419-753-2721

St. Marys Memorial Covered Bridge
This bridge stands as a testament to “neighbors helping neighbors” even when those neighbors are hundreds of miles away . When a drought hit the south, Auglaize County farmers donated truckloads of hay and cash for grain to aid stricken farms in North Carolina . Since that first act of caring, the two groups have developed a unique friendship . In 1989, when Hurricane Hugo smashed into the Carolinas, it left hundreds of downed trees, including several large White Oaks . An old-fashioned shingle-cutting machine was found and 16,000 shingles later, this covered bridge had a roof . Several North Carolina residents made the trip to St . Marys for the groundbreaking ceremonies . The entire project was a community effort with many local individuals and businesses donating money, products and services .

Maria Stein Heritage Museum

Shanes Crossing Historical Museum
151 E . Columbia St ., Rockford, OH 45882 419-363-2998

2291 St . Johns Rd ., Maria Stein, OH 45860 419-925-4532 www .mariasteincenter .org Admission by donation . Open Tue .-Sun . noon-4:30pm . Closed Mondays and holidays .

Open weekdays during village office hours .

Uniopolis Historical Museum
75 E . Ohio St ., Uniopolis, OH 45888 419-568-5586

Mercer County Historical Museum
130 E . Market St ., Celina, OH 45822 419-678-2614 histalig@bright .net

Group tours available by appointment at all museums.

Auglaize Antique
Mall

Looking for that special antique furniture & glassware to spruce up your home?

(419) 738-8004
116 W. Auglaize St. • Wapakoneta, OH 45895 • www.auglaize-antique-mall.com Open Monday thru Saturday from 10am to 6pm • Sundays 12pm to 6pm

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Enjoy
has to offer

Boating

all that

Grand Lake St. Marys
Constructed as a feeder lake for the Miami-Erie Canal, Grand Lake St . Marys, at its completion in 1845, was the largest man-made lake in the world . It was formed by raising two walls of earth, from ten to twentyfive feet high, called the East and West embankments . These walls formed a high basin to retain the water . The reservoir rests on the summit between the Ohio River and Lake Erie . Now Ohio’s largest inland lake, Grand Lake St . Marys is a prime recreational area offering a variety of activities for the whole family . With over 13,500 acres of water and 52 miles of shoreline (much of it accessible to the public), Ohio’s “Other Great Lake” is a great site for picnicking, swimming, fishing, boating and camping .

Grand Lake St . Marys is open zoned for skiing and has unlimited horsepower for power boating . A 300-foot “no wake” zone provides for safety and shoreline protection . There are seven stateoperated launch ramps providing boaters access to the lake . Private launch ramps are also available at marinas along the shoreline . Sailing and jet skiing are very popular on the lake .

Fishing

Marinas
5350 Bayview Rd., Celina, OH 45822 419-268-2726 www.bayviewsunandsnow.com

Fishing is a year round affair on Grand Lake St . Marys . Since the lake is shallow (average 8-9 ft . In depth), it warms quickly in the spring activating large mouth bass and large catches of bluegills and crappies . There are professionally run and organized fishing tournaments held every year . The lake is considered one of the finest “pan fishing” areas in the state, with good populations of crappie and yellow perch . Walleye fry and fingerlings have been constructed as a feeder lake for stocked and a significant walleye population is developing with goodsized walleye reported being caught . For an up-to-date fishing report, visit www .SeeMore .org and click on “Life on the Lake .”

Bayview Sun & Snow Marina

Kozy Marina

8500 SR-703 E., Celina, OH 45822 419-394-8797 www.kozymarina.com

The Boathouse at Grand Lake

Ohio Marine, Inc.
205 Harbor Point Dr., Celina, OH 45822 419-586-3185 www.ohiomarine.com

1112 S. Main St., Celina, OH 45822 419-586-6657 www.boatgrandlake.com

D & W Marina

St. Marys East Bank Marina
215 Gordon Park Dr., St. Marys, OH 45885 419-394-9321 www.eastbankmarina.com

7001 Cottonwood Dr., Celina, OH 45822 419-268-2280

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Lighthouses . . .
You will be in awe as you view these stunning lighthouses on Grand Lake St . Marys . Although it is an oddity for an inland lake to possess a lighthouse, Grand Lake St . Marys is proud to boast of three such structures .

Northwood Lighthouse
This 1923 Eddystone lighhouse is a monument to the original English Channel beacon . In the early days, it operated under a government license from April to November . Located on the north shore between Celina and St . Marys . Viewing from lake only . Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places .

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Rotary Lighthouse Behm’s Lighthouse
This forty-foot working lighthouse welcomes visitors to Celina each evening . Built in 1986 by the Celina Rotary Club, this structure has a wrought iron observation deck encircling it for those who wish a “grander” view of the lake . It is located on US-127 and Lake Shore Dr . in Celina .

This beautiful stately structure was dedicated on April 19, 2003 in memory of Stanley Mike Grimm, who was killed in an auto accident in 1997 . The operating marine light can be seen up to seven miles . It can be viewed on the south shore of the lake at 5444 Behm Rd . at Behm’s Landing .

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West Bank Inn

1055 West Bank Rd . Celina, OH 45822 419-584-3625/866-359-8624 www .westbankinn .com 14 rooms each with private balcony and lake view, 2-person whirlpool rooms available, high speed wireless Internet, complimentary continental breakfast, in-room safes, hair dryers, iron/ironing boards, voice mail, coffee makers, microwaves & refrigerators available, fax, HBO, restaurant adjacent .

St. Marys

America’s Best Value Inn
1321 Celina Rd . St . Marys, OH 45885 419-394-2341/888-315-2378 www .bvistmarys .com

Accommodations Guide
Hotels/Motels

Westlake Village Cole’s Motel
565 E . Market St . Celina, OH 45822 419-586-3138 9 rooms, cable TV, microwaves & refrigerators available, restaurant adjacent .

Celina

America’s Best Value Inn
1421 SR-703 E . Celina, OH 45822 419-586-4656/888-315-2378 www.bvicelina.com

1101 West Bank Rd . Celina, OH 45822 419-584-1444/866-30-VILLA www .westlakevillas .com 30 two-bedroom suites which sleep 6, fully furnished kitchen, washer/dryer, sleeper sofa, outdoor pool, meeting space, pet-friendly, high speed Internet, hair dryers, iron/ironing boards, coffee makers, voice mail, fax, copier, cable TV, restaurant adjacent, charcoal grills, boat docks available, boat and trailer parking .

60 rooms, 16 suites, outdoor pool, high speed wireless Internet, complimentary continental breakfast, in-room hair dryers, iron/ironing boards, voice mail, coffee makers, microwaves & refrigerators available, fax, copier, complimentary USA Today newspaper, HBO, TV Japan, lounge on site, restaurant adjacent, playground for the kids .

42 rooms, 3 suites, complimentary breakfast, high speed Internet, in-room hair dryers, iron/ironing boards, coffee makers, guest laundry, voice mail, Business Center, microwaves & refrigerators available, fax, copier, HBO, restaurant adjacent, lake view rooms .

Holiday Inn Express

2020 Holiday Dr . Celina, OH 45822 419-586-4919/888-465-4329 www.hiexpress.com/celina 52 rooms, 2 suites, indoor pool, whirlpool, high speed wireless Internet, complimentary Express Start hot breakfast, in-room digital safes, hair dryers, iron/ ironing boards, voice mail, coffee makers, microwaves & refrigerators available, fax, copier, HBO, restaurant adjacent .

Celina Motel

225 S . Main St . Celina, OH 45822 419-586-2343 31 rooms, microwaves & refrigerators available, fax, copier, HBO, restaurant adjacent .

❖ 61 Rooms ❖ Heated indoor pool and jacuzzi ❖ Pool memberships available

❖ WiFi ❖ Complimentary continental breakfast ❖ Meeting space available

419.394.2710 www.countryhearth.com
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Country Hearth Inn & Suites
1410 Commerce Dr . (US-33 and SR-29) St Marys, OH 45885 419-394-2710/888-4HEARTH www .countryhearth .com

61 rooms, 6 suites, indoor pool, whirlpool, high speed wireless Internet, complimentary breakfast, in-room digital safes, hair dryers, iron/ironing boards, coffee makers, microwaves & refrigerators available, fax, copier, HBO, restaurant adjacent .

whirlpool, meeting room, high speed wireless Internet, complimentary Express Start hot breakfast, in-room digital safes, hair dryers, iron/ironing boards, 2-line phone, voice mail, coffee makers, microwaves & refrigerators available, fax, copier, HBO, restaurant adjacent .

Knights Inn

1659 Bellefontaine St . Wapakoneta, OH 45895 419-738-2184 38 rooms, 2 suites, high speed Internet, complimentary breakfast, in-room hair dryers, coffee makers, microwaves & refrigerators available, fax, copier, cable TV, restaurant adjacent .

Harbor Point Cottage
2507 Shore St . Celina, OH 45822 419-363-2651

Montezuma
Karafit Kottage
5305 Karafit Rd . Montezuma, OH 45866 832-381-0290

Wapakoneta
Comfort Inn
1510 Saturn Dr . Wapakoneta, OH 45895 419-738-8181 93 rooms, 15 suites, outdoor pool, meeting room, high speed wireless Internet, complimentary breakfast, hair dryers, iron/ ironing boards, coffee makers, microwaves & refrigerators available, fax, copier, HBO, restaurant adjacent, RV & truck parking .

Heck’s Place

Super 8 Motel

1011 Lunar Dr . Wapakoneta, OH 45895 419-738-8810/800-800-8000 38 rooms, high speed Internet, complimentary breakfast, hair dryers, coffee makers, microwaves & refrigerators available, fax, copier, HBO, restaurant adjacent .

On the lake at West Bank Rd . Celina, OH 45822 419-586-5309

Riverside Landing

Kurt’s Cottage at Bayview

5268 Lake Dr . Celina, OH 45822 937-439-5658 www .kurtscottageatbayview .com

82 N . Canal St . Montezuma, OH 45866 419-942-1227

St. Marys
Arbor Haven
8 Northera St . Marys, OH 45885 614-264-0620

The Jager House

Travel Inn

Holiday Inn Express

1008 Lunar Dr . Wapakoneta, OH 45895 419-738-2050/888-465-4329 www .hiexpress .com/wapakoneta 53 rooms, 2 suites, 4 handicap accessible rooms, indoor pool,

413 Apollo Dr . Wapakoneta, OH 45895 419-739-9600 50 rooms, high speed wireless Internet, complimentary continental breakfast, hair dryers, iron/ironing boards, microwaves & refrigerators available, fax, copier, HBO, restaurant adjacent .

6867 SR-219 Celina, OH 45822 937-489-6201 www .geocities .com/ thejagerhouse

Grand Lake St. Marys State Park
834 Edgewater Dr . St ., Marys, OH 45885 866-644-6727

Vacation Escapes by the Lake

23 Bass Dr . Celina, OH 45822 937-232-3358 www .vacationsescapesby thelake .net

Wapakoneta

Wapakoneta/Lima South KOA
14719 Cemetery Rd . Wapakoneta, OH 45895 419-738-6016/800-562-9872 www .wapakonetakoa .com

Cottages & Cabins

Celina

Edgewater Cottage

Nichelson Dr . Celina, OH 45822 419-733-8105/419-629-3396 www .vrbo .com/104962

Grandview Cottage

West Bank Rd . Celina, 45822 419-925-4078 (M-F daytime) 419-925-4840 (PM & weekends) 16 For more information, visit www.SeeMore.org 800-860-GRAND/419-394-1294 17

Parks
& Recreation
Fort Recovery Monument Park
President William Howard Taft signed a bill in 1908 to authorize a monument in honor of those soldiers who died serving under St . Clair and Anthony Wayne . Dedicated in July 1913, the base of the 103-foot monument holds the bones of the fallen soldiers who died in the battles at Fort Recovery . The nine-foot tall statue on the west face of the monument depicts a frontiersman facing the beautiful unsettled land into which he triumphed .
SR-119 and SR-49 Fort Recovery, OH 45846

St. Marys Memorial Park

Dedicated to the WWI veterans, the park, with its clock tower and gazebo, rests beside the Miami-Erie Canal flowing through downtown St . Marys . The Belle of St . Marys, a full scale replica of a packet canal boat, measures 76 feet long and 14 feet wide and rests on the waters of the canal . The Memorial Covered Bridge spans the St . Marys River as it flows through the park .
South St ., St . Marys, OH 45885

Fort Amanda Monument & Park

Erected in 1812 under orders from General William Henry Harrison, Fort Amanda was a base of supplies for Harrison’s army during the War of 1812 . The remains of 75 soldiers, each simply marked “Unknown Soldier, War of 1812” lie beside the Auglaize River . A gray, granite shaft monument was erected in 1915 . Open dawn to dusk May-October .

SR-198, 7½ miles northwest of Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Grand Lake St. Marys State Park

The lake itself and much of its perimeter was dedicated as an Ohio state park in 1949 . The park has a large campground, two public swimming beaches as well as swimming areas for boaters . Picnic areas with tables and grills are located in scenic areas around the lake . The East Bank/ Villanova area has several shelter houses available on a reservation basis . Hunting is permitted in designated areas . There are seasonal duck blinds available by lottery through ODNR .
834 Edgewater Dr ., St . Marys, OH 45885 Park Office: 419-394-3611, Campground Office: 419-394-2774

St. Marys Heritage Park

View the three painted murals depicting the history of this canal town from the frontier era to the present . The restored art deco fountain, wrought iron fencing and sister city tribute make this small park a delightful stop .
202 E . Spring St ., St . Marys, OH 45885

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Public Golf Courses
Arrowhead Golf Club Deer Field Golf
2211 Dirksen Rd ., Minster, OH 45865 419-628-3111 • www.arrowhead-golf.com

5621 Shelley Rd ., Rockford, OH 45882 419-363-9400/800-523-6306

Mercer County Elks Club

Outdoor Recreation
Bicycling & Recreation Paths
Celina-Coldwater Path
The 4 .5-mile long, 10-foot wide path was once an old railroad bed . The path is perfect for biking, walking, running and skating . Take SR-127 south of Celina and turn right onto Schunck Rd . Path is on the left .

3242 SR-127, Celina, OH 45822 419-925-4215

Fox’s Den

1221 Irmscher Blvd ., Celina, OH 45822 419-586-3102 • www.foxsdengolf.com

Northmoor Golf Prairie View

8330 SR-703 E ., Celina, OH 45822 419-394-4896

East Bank Path

This two-mile paved stretch is along the east bank of Grand Lake St . Marys and is great for biking, walking, running, skating and has a full view of the lake .

26820 SR-67, Waynesfield, OH 45896 419-568-7888

Franklin Township Greenway Trail

This 5 .5 mile, continuous, non-motorized, paved walking trail is located on the south side of Grand Lake St . Marys . It not only meanders through a 100-acre wildlife preservation area with an observation desk overlooking two wetlands, but also traverses two covered bridges along the scenic route .

Miami Canal Path

You can hike for miles along this historic trail . The trail is accessible at 158 High St . in St . Marys . Parking is available . A great place to walk and enjoy nature’s beauty .

Mercer County Community Development Department

Route 703 Bike Path

This stretch on SR-703 between Celina and St . Marys is for the experienced rider as the rider cycles alongside sometimes heavy traffic . The path is approximately nine miles long .

Your Partner In Growth
In Mercer County, we take our companies seriously. We pride ourselves in continuing our partnership as you grow. No request for any type of assistance goes unanswered. While you’re at it, dust o that shing tackle and cast a line in the largest inland lake in the state. Tourism in the county is one of our biggest attraction tools.

West Bank Trail

This 7,000-foot paved trail is accessible on the west bank of Grand Lake St Marys south of the State Boat Docks on West Bank Rd . in Celina . This trail meanders along the lake and into a wooded area . The non-motorized trail is great for walking, biking and skating .

So come for the fun, stay for the future. Mercer County Community Development Department

101 N. Main Street County Courthouse Celina, OH 45822

419-586-4209
www.mercercountyed.com

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Shopping
the Greater Grand Lake St. Marys Region
If you are looking for the unique and unusual, you will find an interesting mix of small and specialty shops throughout the Greater Grand Lake St . Marys Region . We have listed just a few for your treasure hunting pleasure .

New Bremen Coffee and Books
107 W . Monroe St ., New Bremen 419-629-8009

Famous Old Time Music Company

Cottage Bookstore

20322 US-33, Wapakoneta 419-568-1220 • www.fotmc.com

WSULC 7600 Lake Campus Dr ., Celina 419-586-0345

Niekamp Farm & Flea Market
6133 Olding Rd ., St . Henry 419-925-5208 • www.niekamp.com

Clothing and Accessories
Intuition Boutique
909 E . Wayne St ., Celina 419-584-1221

Topsy Turvy Toys

464 S . Washington St ., New Bremen 419-629-0000

My Scrapbook Paradise

202 S. Main St., Celina • 419-584-1393

St. Marys Hobby Center
111 W . Spring St ., St . Marys 419-394-5909

Jones Jewelers

108 W . Market St ., Celina 419-586-3270

Lois Beauty Shop/ Merle Norman Cosmetics
201 N . Front St ., St . Marys 419-394-4903

Home Goods
Francis Furniture Fowlers TV

Bob’s TV & Appliances

910 S. Sugar St., Celina • 419-586-2297 5495 SR-29, Celina • 419-586-3511 1301 E . Spring St ., St . Marys 419-394-5316

Wilson Shoe Store Emmy’s Bridal

106 S. Main St., Celina • 419-586-2275 336 N. Main St., Minster • 419-628-7555

Island Dress Shop

132 Spring St., St. Marys • 419-394-5116

Moran Refrigeration

Antiques, Gifts & Collectables
116 W . Auglaize St ., Wapakoneta 419-738-8004 www .auglaize-antique-mall .com

Flowers, Plants and Gifts
Flower & Plant Barn

820 S . Wayne St ., St . Marys 419-394-2351

Outdoor Supplies
6101 SR-219, Montezuma 419-268-2025 www .RVSupplyWarehouse .com

Card Mart & Flowers Original Calico Cow & Cranberry Barn
11262 SR-29, New Knoxville 419-753-2131

Abloom Flowers & Gifts,

Brock’s RV Supply Warehouse

814 N. Main St., Celina • 419-586-7111

New Bremen, Coldwater, St . Marys, Celina • 419-394-3321/419-586-9977 2420 Celina Rd., St. Marys • 419-394-8668

Auglaize Antique Mall

D & W Golf Cart Sales
230 Northway, St . Marys 419-394-3824

Ben’s Place

Village Green Garden Center
902 S . Blackhoof St ., Wapakoneta 419-738-2424

Etcetera

105 S. Main St., Celina • 419-586-2495

840 E . Main St ., Coldwater 419-678-2321

Windy Point Sportsman’s Shop
5255 Windy Point Rd ., Montezuma 419-268-2417

The Potter House Pilgrim Gift Shop

108 S. Main St., Celina • 419-584-1705 2219 St . Johns Rd ., Maria Stein 419-925-4532

Books

Canalside Book Shop

115 W . Spring St ., St . Marys 419-300-BOOK (2665)

Gourmet Food & Beverages
The Winery at Versailles
6572 SR-47, Versailles • 937-526-3232 www .wineryatversailles .com

The Outdoorsman

172 E. Bank Rd., St. Marys • 419-394-5769

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Miscellaneous Shopping
Cozy Cabin Quilts
20331 SR-116, St. Marys • 419-394-6762

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New Bremen Minister

1 . Auglaize County Courthouse 2 . Auglaize County Mooney Museum 3 . The Belle of St . Marys 4 . Bicycle Museum of America 5 . Celina-Coldwater Bike Path 6 . Convention & Visitors Bureau 7 . Cridersville Historical Museum 8 . Fort Amanda Monument & Park 9 . Fort Recovery Monument & Park 10 . Fort Recovery State Museum 11 . Fort Recovery Visitors Center 12 . Grand Lake St . Marys State Park 13 . Maria Stein Heritage Museum 14 . Memorial Covered Bridge 15 . Mercer County Courthouse 16 . Mercer County Historical Society Museum 17 . Miami-Erie Canal Towpath 18 . National Marian Shrine of the Holy Relics 19 . Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum 20 . New Bremen Historical Museum 21 . New Knoxville Historical Museum 22 . Niekamp’s Farm & Flea Market 23 . Northwood Lighthouse

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Golf Courses Campgrounds Airports Cross Tipped Church State Scenic Byway

Historic Churches Motel/Hotels Hospitals Bed & Breakfasts e Miami-Erie Canal Scenic Byway
Michigan

Mileage from the Greater Grand Lake St. Marys Region
Buffalo, NY ...........................386 miles Chicago, IL ...........................237 miles Charleston, WV ....................258 miles Cincinnati, OH ...................... 119 miles Cleveland, OH ......................199 miles Columbus, OH ......................103 miles Dayton, OH .............................66 miles Detroit, MI .............................164 miles Erie, PA.................................298 miles Ft. Wayne, IN ..........................60 miles Indianapolis, IN .....................120 miles Pittsburgh, PA .......................282 miles Toledo, OH............................105 miles Wheeling, WV .......................224 miles Youngstown, PA.................... 311 miles 24
Indiana

Pennsylvania

Lake Erie

West Virginia Kentucky

24 . Rotary Lighthouse 25 . Route 703 Bike Path 26 . St . Charles Center 27 . St . Marys Memorial Park 28 . State Fish Hatchery 29 . Wright State Lake Campus

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Celina

Hecht’s Landing

Camping
Grand Lake St. Marys State Park
834 Edgewater Dr . St . Marys, OH 45885 866-644-6727 www .ohiodnr .com/parks/ parks/ grndlake .htm

The Preferred Choice For Healthcare In The Grand Lake Region.

8583 SR-219 Celina, OH 45822 419-394-6433 www .hechtslanding .com

Kozy Kamp Ground
5134 It’s It Rd . Celina, OH 45822 419-268-2275

Rustic Haven

Mercer County Fairgrounds
1001 W . Market St . Celina, OH 45822 419-586-3239

935 Koehn Rd . St . Marys, OH 45885 419-394-8089

Wapakoneta

AT THE WAPAKONETA MEDICAL CENTER

AT THE CELINA MEDICAL CENTER

Mendon

Glacier Hill Lakes

River Trail Campground
7712 Deep Cut Rd . Mendon, OH 45862 419-795-1400

11675 Wapak-Freyburg Rd . Wapakoneta, OH 45895 419-738-3005

Wapakoneta/Lima South KOA
14719 Cemetery Rd . Wapakoneta, OH 45895 419-738-6016/800-562-9872
AT ST. MARYS

St. Marys

Easy Campground

14338 Townline-Kossuth Rd . St . Marys, OH 45885 419-394-3836

200 St. Clair Street | St. maryS, OhiO 45885 | 419-394-3335 www.gRANDLAkEHEALTH.ORg

More Of The Care You Need. Less Of The Hassle You Don’t.
An after-hours medical service that treats minor illnesses and injuries which can’t wait for a doctor’s appointment but do not require a hospital emergency room. Located at the Emergency Center of Joint Township Hospital. — HOURS — MONDAY through FRIDAY 5 pm to 10 pm SATURDAY and SUNDAY 10 am to 10 pm
200 St. Clair Street | St. maryS, OhiO 45885 www.gRANDLAkEHEALTH.ORg/URgENTCARE

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Religious Attractions
Land of the Cross Tipped Churches
This scenic byway consists of sixty buildings representing the German Catholic settlements of southern Auglaize and Mercer counties, as well as portions of northern Darke and Shelby counties, which were placed on the National Register of Historic Places . Consisting of churches, schools, rectories and convents, this grouping is symbolic of the cultural and historical uniqueness of the region .

Call 800-860-4726 for group tours or self-guided tour maps www .grandlake .net/lctc

Spiritual Center of Maria Stein
The Spiritual Center Retreat House is a unique place to experience God’s peace and guidance . Arrangements can be made for group or private retreats . A chapel, meeting rooms, dining rooms and recreation hall are available . Mysteries of the Rosary along gravel paths and a Respect Life Memorial are added attractions in the lovely wooded setting .
2365 St. Johns Rd., Maria Stein, OH 45860 • 419-925-7625 • www.spiritualcenter.net

National Marian Shrine of the Holy Relics
The shrine contains approximately 1000 relics of the saints and is the second largest collection of its type in the United States . Built in 1890, the shrine and the adjacent former convent were placed on the National Register of Historic Places . Donations accepted . Open Tues-Sun: noon-4:30pm . Closed Mondays and holidays .

St. Charles Center

2291 St . Johns Rd ., Maria Stein, OH 45860 419-925-4532 • www.mariasteincenter.org

This magnificent former seminary rests on 500 acres . Begun in 1861 by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, the current structure is a late gothic revival building . The awesome facility features a 370-foot frontage and is topped by a five story octagonal dome .
2860 US-127 S ., Celina, OH 45822 419-925-4516 • www.st-charles-cpps.org

A portion of the building now serves as a senior living community . Group tours by appointment .
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Points of Interest
Famous Old Time Music Company
A Mecca for the bluegrass enthusiast with an amazing selection of vintage and new instruments, lively jam sessions, entertaining indoor concerts, the annual outdoor Festival in the Cornfields and a friendly down-home atmosphere .
20322 US-33, Wapakoneta, OH 45895 • 419-568-1220 • www.fotmc.com

Waynesfield Motorsports Park
Go kart racing on Friday, stock car, E-mods, mini sprints, sprint cars, bomber trucks & compacts on Saturday . Great racing action .
15595 Waynesfield Rd., Waynesfield, OH 45896 • 419-568-2893 www .waynesfieldmotorsportspark .com
Photo courtesy of the Grand Lake Independent .com photo contest winner Lee Miller .

The Langdon Gem & Mineral Collection
Rock hounds take note of this fabulous gem and mineral collection which features 661 samples on display from all around the world . Each sample is labeled with the mineral type and place of origin . Examples of minerals on display are apophyllite, stibnite, pyrite, galena and purple amethyst . Displayed in brighly lit cases, the minerals sparkle and gleam with a life of their own .

Eldora Speedway

The Mercer County District Library • 303 N. Main St., Celina, OH 45822 419-586-4442 www .mercer .lib .oh .us/ minerals .htm

Owned by NASCAR great Tony Stewart, this nationally-known
speedway is located on SR-118 just south of the Mercer County line . The fastest ½ mile dirt track in the nation annually hosts sprint, midget, modified and stock races including the famous All Star Outlaw Sprints, the Annual Kings Royal Race and the U .S .A .C . Four Crown Nationals .
13929 SR-118, New Weston, OH 45348 • 937-338-3815 • www.eldoraspeedway.com

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Grand Lake Mariner’s Collegiate Baseball
Throughout June and July, the Mariner’s participate in a top-notch college league where future professional players hone their skills .

The Winery at Versaillies
A small family winery with all wine made on premise . They offer tours and sampling, wine by the glass or bottle, chilled wine, gifts and wine accessories . Special events are held throughout the year . They can accommodate small private parties in the winery or patio . Open 12 months a year, six days a week .
6572 SR-47, Versailles, OH 45380 • 937-526-3232 www .wineryatversailles .com

Westview Park, Fairground Rd . Celina, OH 45822

Games are played on weekday evenings and weekend afternoons . Admission charge . Call 800-860-GRAND for a complete game schedule .

Putters Lane Fun Center
36-hole mini golf course, water wars arcade with redemption prizes, homemade ice cream, pizza and snacks . Group and birthday parties are welcome .
04331 SR-66, Minster, OH 45865 • 419-628-1814

Niekamp Farm & Flea Market
Niekamp’s has over 55,000 square feet of shopping pleasure . From Amish meats & cheeses to hand-dipped ice cream to handmade quilts, Amish Oak furniture and sporting goods, it is a fun stop for the whole family .
2484 SR-127, (eight miles south of Celina) St. Henry, OH 45883 • 419-925-5208/866-535-1416 www .niekamp .com

Lost Weekend II
Lunch, dinner and sightseeing cruises of Grand Lake St . Marys are available seven days a week from May-October . Private charters are available for bus tour groups, class reunions, wedding receptions, corporate seminars and other group functions .
800-519-9220/419-268-9336 • www.thelostweekend.com

Every journey begins with a step.
From the early days of space flight to our historic first step on the moon, explore Ohio’s contributions to space exploration at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum.
Hours: Closed Monday Tues. – Sat.: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays, Memorial Day & Labor Day noon - 5p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day Admission: Adults: $8, Children: $4 OHS members and children under 6: FREE Call for information on group discounts and tours.

ARMSTRONG AIR & SPACE MUSEUM 500 Apollo Dr., Wapakoneta, OH 45895 p: 800.860.0142 www.ohiohistory.org

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Miami-Erie Canal
Irish, French and German immigrants labored for 31 cents a day and a jigger of whiskey to manually move trees, rocks and soil to create the “big ditch” through the wilderness to improve transportation and commerce . Traversing 249 miles from Cincinnati to Toledo, the canal was begun in 1825, built in sections and completed in 1845 . Much of the canal is still intact, with many historic structures, bridges and aqueducts along the way . The towpath along SR-66 from Minster to Lock 14 north of St . Marys is a great place to walk and enjoy nature’s beauty . Designated a State Scenic Byway .

St. Marys, Ohio
Experience what we have to o er!
Beautiful Memorial Park Heritage Park
Memorial Park St. Marys, OH

Miami & Erie Canal Grand Lake St. Marys

St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce
301 E. Spring St., St. Marys, OH 45885 Tel: 419-300-4611 smchambe@bright.net Fax: 419-300-6202 www.stmarysohio.org

State Fish Hatchery
One of only six hatcheries in the state of Ohio, the St . Marys site raises yellow perch, largemouth bass, channel catfish, fathead minnows, walleye and saugeye . Free tours are available by appointment .
East Bank Rd., St. Marys, OH 45885 • 419-394-5170

Wapakoneta Antique and Specialty Shops
Specialty and antique shops in the midst of historic downtown buildings makes shopping Wapakoneta a delight . Hunt for unique treasures and gifts and enjoy downtown events that occur throughout the year .
101 S . Blackhoof St . Wapakoneta, OH 45895 419-738-4494 www .wapakant-spsh .com

6572 SR-47 • Versailles, OH 45380

937-526-3232
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Wine tasting and sales Gifts and handcrafted gift baskets Wine making supplies and equipment Tours available most days Reservations needed for groups of 10 or more

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Pla-Mor Adventure Golf
Bring the entire family to play this adventurous course consisting of boulders, waterfalls and fountains . Snack shop . Admission charge .
225 E . Hardin, Coldwater, OH 45828 419-678-4767 www .plamoradventuregolf .net

Windy Meadow Farm
Featuring Suri alpacas, Angora goats and Great Pyrenees dogs . Call ahead to make sure someone is available to show you around this lovely operation . Enjoyable for kids of all ages . No admission charge .

9660 CR-66A, New Bremen, OH 45869 419-394-3880 • www.windymeadow.com

Woodland Rollerdome
This renovated rollerdome includes a 3,000watt sound system and the area’s only laser-light show webbing across the skate floor . Other amenities include an arcade, the Tiki Bar snack shop and souvenir shop .
2600 Celina Rd., St. Marys, OH 45885 • 419-394-4246

Cridersville Speedway
Exciting go kart racing action .
19140 S . Dixie Hwy ., Cridersville, OH 45806 www .cridersvillespeedway .com

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Celina Rotary Dog Park
Located on the west bank of Grand Lake St . Marys, this 3 .8-acre fenced park offers a wonderful opportunity for unleashed fun for you and your dog . The grassy, wooded area is divided for large and small dogs and includes a water fountain and benches .

Mack Arena
Every Saturday night from October-May, see professional bull riding at its best . Watch the thrilling action or try it yourself . Heated arena, concessions . Admission charge .
SR-29 (10 miles west of Celina) • 419-942-1720

Visiting the Greater Grand Lake St . Marys Region provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy the peaceful rural countryside . Pick your own apples, buy some fresh honey or pet an alpaca; whatever you choose, you’ll enjoy the slower pace and quality family time as you shake off the hustle and bustle of everyday living .

Our Country Roads Await You...

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2009 Festivals, Fairs & Celebrations
May 8-9 June 19-21 June 26-28 July 2-5 July 3-4 Mercer County Ribfest
Celina

22nd Annual

Maria Stein Country Fest
www.mscountryfest.com

June 26–28, 2009

Harvest Jubilee
Fort Recovery Maria Stein Celina

Totally free entertainment including the nationally known Country Fest Tractor Square Dancers. Games, rides and music for all ages throughout the weekend. Plenty of food to satisfy everyone’s palate.

Country Fest Freedom Days Independence Day Celebration
New Knoxville Wapakoneta Celina

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Celina SR-274 Chickasaw St. Johns Road New Bremen
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To Toledo & Detroit SR-274 Exit 102

July 16-18 July 24-26 Aug. 2-8 Aug. 6-9

Summer Moon Festival
SR-127 SR-716

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Lake Festival Auglaize County Fair
Wapakoneta

SR-119

Maria Stein

Minster SR-119 Exit 99 Sidney

Greenville

Maria Stein Country Fest 2291 St. Johns Road Maria Stein, OH 45860

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Antique tractor pulls, mini-Indy race, chainsaw woodcarving, punt-pass-kick competition, volleyball, beanbag and three-on-three basketball tournaments, diaper derby and 5k run.
Handicap accessible, including restrooms

Fun For All Ages!

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To Dayton & Cincinnati

World’s Longest Yardsale
US-127

Aug. 7-9 Aug. 7-13

Summerfest
St . Marys

Mercer County Banner Fair
Celina

Aug. 14-16 Aug. 21-22 Aug. 22-23 Sept. 4-5 Sept. 5 Oct. 2-4 Oct. 18

Bremenfest
New Bremen

NTPA Tractor Pulls
Fort Recovery Celina

Governor’s Cup Regatta Fall Festival

New Knoxville St . Marys Minster

Riverside Bluesfest Oktoberfest Walk with Nature Along the Miami-Erie Canal
St . Marys
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America’s Best Value Inns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Armstrong Air & Space Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . Arrowhead Golf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Auglaize Antique Mall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bella’s Italian Grille . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bike Museum of America . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brock’s RV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Celina-Mercer Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . Celina Wine Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Century 21 Master Key Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . City of Celina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . City of St . Marys Development Office . . . . . . . . . Citizens National Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Country Hearth Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Cove . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Famous Old Time Music Company . . . . . . . . . . . Fishers Flea Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grand Lake Health System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Heck’s Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Holiday Inn Express - Celina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Holiday Inn Express - Wapakoneta . . . . . . . . . . . Kozy Kampground . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kuck Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lock One Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maria Stein Country Fest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mercer County Community Development . . . . . . Mercer Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mercer Savings Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Niekamp Flea Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Otterbein St . Marys Retirement Living Community Owen Hall Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pla-Mor Adventure Golf & Bowling Center . . . . . . St . Marys Area Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . St . Marys East Bank Marina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wapakoneta Antique & Specialty Shops . . . . . . . Wapakoneta/South Lima KOA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . West Bank Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Westlake Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Winery at Versailles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Information
Hospitals
Grand Lake Health System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 419-394-3335 200 St. Clair St., St. Marys, OH 45885 • www.grandlakehealth.org Mercer Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 419-586-1611 950 S. Main St., Celina, OH 45822 • www.mercer-health.com

Important Area

CHambers of CommerCe

Celina-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . 419-586-2219 226 N. Main St., Celina, OH 45822 • www.celinamercer.com Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce . . . . 419-629-0313 107 W . Monroe St ., PO Box 3, New Bremen, OH 45869 www .auglaize .org St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce. . . . . . . . . . . . . 419-300-4611 301 E. Spring St., St. Marys, OH 45885 • www.stmarysohio.org Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . 419-738-2911 30 E. Auglaize St., Wapakoneta, OH 45895 • www.wapakoneta.com

Visitor information radio stations
WCSM 1350AM, 96.7FM WKKI 94.3FM

Auglaize-Mercer Counties Convention & Visitors Bureau . . 800-860-GRAND 900 Edgewater Dr., St. Marys, OH 45885 • www.SeeMore.org

daily newspapers

The Daily Standard, Celina The Evening Leader, St. Marys Wapakoneta Daily News

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