Rich in History, Warm with Hospitality
The city of Piqua began as an important Native American settlement & trade center, & developed from a community of log cabins to a canal town, to a city of many architectural styles, including 1820s Federal to 1920s Colonial Revival. Frontier settlement began after Fort Piqua was constructed in 1793. Being located on the banks of the Great Miami River gave this young community a promising future during the thriving Miami-Erie Canal era. Today, shops of yesteryear have been restored, and now specialize in antiques, clothing, art, gifts, jewelry and more. Piqua’s downtown district recently experienced a revitalization, which was so successful that it won “The Governor’s Award for Excellence”, which at that time was the only community in Ohio to receive this distinction. Present day Piqua is a blend of the tranquil small town & traditional American lifestyle, with many of the cultural advantages of a larger city.
A 23 block section of the downtown area was entered into the National Register of Historic Places & a walking tour is available, which includes the historic Fort Piqua Hotel, currently under restoration. The city celebrates its rich history at a number of historic sites, as well as the annual Piqua Heritage Festival held on Labor Day weekend, depicting pioneer life and Native American villages. Piqua was named after a clan of the Shawnee Indians who lived along the Great Miami River. Historic attractions include the Piqua Historical Area State Memorial, located at the Johnston Farm and the Piqua Historical Museum in downtown Piqua.
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