New Greene County state park to honor Tecumseh, Shawnee history

ODNR to transform motel site into Ohio’s 76th state park

A new state park Greene County will honor Shawnee military and political leader Tecumseh.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday announced the creation of the state’s 76th park at Oldtown — now the site of the Tecumseh Motel at 1575 U.S. 68 in Xenia — that is one of the largest known Shawnee settlements in Ohio and cited by historians as Tecumseh’s birthplace.

“Preserving this site gives us a unique opportunity to connect today’s generation of Ohioans with the past,” DeWine stated. “By protecting this property, we are preserving Tecumseh’s legacy and Ohio’s long, rich history.”

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The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will purchase the motel for $260,000 and transform the half-acre property, DeWine and ODNR Director Mary Mertz said in a release.

ODNR plans to work with the three sovereign and federally recognized Shawnee tribes — the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, the Shawnee Tribe and the Absentee Shawnee — to preserve and highlight this important historical site, according to the release. The park will include an interpretive center and several markers noting historical events at Oldtown.

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