25 reasons to celebrate Greene County

Greene County, named for Revolutionary War hero General Nathaniel Greene, was established 214 years ago. 

A year later, Xenia became the county seat in 1804. The town name is derived from ancient Greek and signifies hospitality according to the county’s website. 

Home to Beavercreek, Cedarville, Bellbrook, Fairborn and more, there is much to enjoy in the county. Here are 25 reasons Greene County can celebrate:

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1. Taking a long walk through Glen Helen Nature Center

2. Sampling treats at the Beavercreek Popcorn Festival.

3. Hunting for treasures at Bellbrook’s city wide garage sale.

Greene County Courthouse in Xenia, OH LISA POWELL / STAFF
Photo: Lisa Powell

4. Relaxing within 500 acres of the Sugarcreek Park District. 

5. A visit to the “Three Sisters,” white oak trees estimated at 550 years old within Sugarcreek MetroPark. 

6. Cedarville is the birthplace of U.S. Senator John H. Kyle, considered the “father” of Labor Day. 

7. Flag waving at Fairborn’s Fourth of July parade. 

8. A visit to the historic Cedarville Opera House. 

9. Taking in a concert at Wright State University’s Nutter Center. 

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Bob Blumgold and Jackie Stephens pass out flags for Ron Estepp Continuous Gutter LLC during Fairborn's 4th of July parade Sunday.
Photo: Teesha McClam/Dayton Daily News

10. Spooky decorations at Foy’s in downtown Fairborn at Halloween. 

11. Feeding ducks at Shawnee Park in Xenia

12. Taking in a concert by the Central State University Chorus. 

13. Scenic drives around rural Jamestown. 

14. Popping into the shops and galleries in Yellow Springs. 

15. A matinee at the Little Art Theatre.

16. Admiring the architecture of the historic Greene County Courthouse in Xenia. 

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City of Bellbrook sign. TREMAYNE HOGUE / HOGUE

17. Hopping on a bicycle for a ride at Xenia Station, a former railroad hub. 

18. Productions at the Beavercreek Community Theatre. 

19. A paddle along the meandering Little Miami River.

20. Maple sugar season at the Narrows Reserve. 

21. Chainsaw art installations at Russ Nature Preserve. 

22. Honoring those lost at the Beavercreek 9/11 Memorial made from a three-ton piece of steel from the World Trade Center.

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The Ohio Railroad Caboose will be open for tours on Monday, June 22, during 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. programs as a part of the Greene County History Week. It is located at the Xenia Station Bike Hub, 150 N. Miami Ave. in Xenia. DIANA BLOWERS/CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Diana Blowers

23. Xenia’s 4 Paws for Ability has delivered more than 1,000 service dogs to children and veterans. 

24. Goat, hog and chicken competitions at the Greene County Fair. 

25. A visit to historic Clifton Mill, one of the largest water powered grist mills in existence and the scene of 3.5 million lights during the holiday season.

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