Village of Danville–Ohio's Hidden Jewel
Known as the "Gateway to Amish Country," Danville, Ohio is one of those rare small towns that is desirable in every way for individuals of all ages who enjoy life's simple pleasures. Although it has a population of only 1,102, this picturesque farming community has a long and interesting history, and is a great place to raise a family.
George Sapp, Sr. and Robert Waddell originally laid out the village of Danville in 1813 and it was named after a soldier who fought in the War of 1812, Daniel Sapp. Modern Danville was founded in 1923 when the town merged with two neighboring municipalities with which the village was once a bitter rival. However, differences were put aside and ultimately harmony was reached when Rosstown, Buckeye City and Danville all became one village, which is still called Danville to this day. The village is also home to interesting historical landmarks, such as Ohio's second oldest Catholic parish, Saint Luke's Catholic Church.
A Fun and Friendly Town
Located in Knox County, the village takes up only 1.5 square miles of space, all of which is land, although there are several bodies of water in the surrounding area. Danville Residents are known for their friendliness and almost always treat visitors like family. The village offers plenty of activities in a small town atmosphere, and its residents also interact with those from nearby Amish communities. The Amish Shopping Center is a highly popular area among visitors and locals alike. Those interested in handcrafted furniture, quilts, canned foods and other Amish made items will find everything they could desire in the areas surrounding the village.
Danville offers unique shopping opportunities as well, and is peppered with boutiques and specialty stores in which one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted items can be purchased. The Danville Briar Patch is another great shopping outlet that offers a broad range of wood crafted items, such as bird houses, holiday decorations, wall hangings, and customized gifts. Additionally, the Danville Antique Flea Market is opened year-round on weekends, with extended hours during the holidays.
Parks and Recreation
Although the community is small, it is full of fun and interesting attractions and activities. These include fishing, boating, festivals, walking trails, parks and camping sites.
Kokosing River and Kokosing Gap Trail
Those who enjoy fishing and boating should pay a visit to the scenic Kokosing River. Local residents boast that this river offers the best small-mouth Bass fishing opportunities in the entire state.
The impressive Kokosing Gap Trail, which stretches 14 miles from the village of Danville to Mt. Vernon is home to excellent walking, rollerblading, cycling and running trails. Built along the line of a former Pennsylvania Railroad, runners and cyclers will transverse the river on more than one outstanding railroad bridges from which excellent photo opportunities are available. Visitors will be amazed with picturesque views of wildlife along the river, the area's celebrated wetlands and forest scenery. The Kokosing Gap Trail is perfect for families and individuals looking for wholesome, outdoor fun that is never boring.
The Mohican Valley Nature Trail and Memorial State Forest
The Mohican Valley Nature Trail is situated over the Mohican River, adjacent to the Kokosing Gap, just east of the village of Danville. This lovely, meandering trail features the area's famous 375 foot-long "Bridge of Dreams," which is the country's second longest covered bridge. The trail was developed as a cross state bikeway, and is also suitable for horseback riding.
The Mohican Memorial State Forest is another popular attraction and is located just outside of Danville. Situated on 4,698 acres, the Park offers visitors five miles of scenic trails that begin at the forest and continue on to the Mohican River's Clear Fork Branch. Here, locals and tourists can camp, horseback ride, hike, or cycle amidst beautiful, natural scenery.
Four Season Fun
A fairly new facility is located in nearby Mt. Vernon, the Hiawatha Water Park, which offers Danville residents and visitors a multitude of choices for summer fun. There is a vast array of ways to get wet and cool off, including waterfalls, tunnels, slides, and Olympic size pools.
In June of each year, the Danville-Howard Turkey Festival is held in the town's Community Park. Contests, rides, food and games dominate this three day celebration, and it is known as a great way for people to get back to the basics of family fun. Free concerts and movies are also offered throughout summer and fall in the Danville Community Park and this area is a great place for family reunions, outdoor birthday celebrations and even weddings.
When fall comes to an end and cold weather appears, the Snow Trails Winter Resort in Mansfield, situated approximately 16 miles from Danville, is a terrific outdoor family fun establishment that offers snow tubing, skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoe expeditions. Established over five decades ago and offering many exciting sports events and nonstop fun, this attraction is a must-see for any winter sports enthusiast.
Visitors are pleased to see that farmers markets abound in the area as well, where fresh produce, milk and preserves can be purchased for bargain prices. Local clubs often sponsor pumpkin carving contests, Fourth of July festivals and other community activities in which families from Danville and the surrounding areas can participate.
Amish Country Byway
The 150-mile Amish Country Byway that surrounds the village of Danville is home to outstanding, natural views of Ohio's unspoiled scenery. Dotted with beautiful, historical sites, Amish country cooking stands, Bed and Breakfast establishments and landmarks that are hundreds of years old, the Amish Country Byway belongs on the must-see list of any Danville, Ohio visitor.
With its easy access to Columbus, Granville and Newark, Danville, Ohio is a very convenient place to live, and is situated only a few miles from Route 62. Danville has enjoyed a five percent population gain over the past decade, but the average price of homes in the area have remained reasonable. Small and large farming acreage is available from time to time, and some of the villages' newest residents have relocated to Danville for the express purpose of farming opportunities.
Danville should not be overlooked as a terrific day trip destination for those vacationing in Grandville, Newark or Columbus. With beautiful scenery, interesting and enjoyable activities, and friendly residents, Danville, Ohio, is a great place to visit, live and work.
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Updated: 17th February, 2019 9:19 AM.