Tipp City, Ohio – Historic Charm
If you’ve never spent a day in Tipp City, you are missing out. The town’s history, architecture, and charm are amazing. The Hotel Gallery Gift Shops and other specialty shops in town have something for everyone. There is local art, music, and dining throughout town for everyone’s tastes. It’s so much fun to spend a day in Tipp.
As you drive into Tipp City, you’ll cross railroad tracks at one end of town and you will see a portion of the old Erie Canal at the other. As you approach the heart of downtown, you’ll see the historic beauty from days gone by, including the old hotel, tree lined streets, and vintage lighting. From the annual Mum Festival and Canal Days, to the Saturday Farmer’s Market, there’s always something happening in Tipp.
Tippecanoe City was founded in 1840 along the developing Miami and Erie Canal. Its name derives from Presidential candidate William Henry Harrison’s nickname, Tippecanoe, which, in turn, was derived from his heroism at the Battle of Tippecanoe, November 7, 1811.
The early city was a popular stopping-off point for boatmen traveling along the Miami and Erie Canal. The original downtown purportedly included a large number of bars and a red light district. The now dry canal locks can be seen just east of downtown. As Tippecanoe City grew, it merged with Hyattsville, a contiguous village, located on present-day Hyatt Street.
Development of the railroads in the 1850s and 1860s put the canals out of business and slowed the city’s initially rapid growth. Ruins of a repair shop (yard barn) for the old Inter-Urban rail system can still be seen on the outskirts of town.
Tipp also has many parks including City Park where the Mum Festival is held each year, and there is a wonderful Aquatic Park for families to enjoy all summer long. The Miami County Bike Trail will be a north-south paved biking trail that will stretch the length of Miami County, allowing bikers, hikers and walkers to follow the path of the Great Miami River and Miami and Erie Canal.
It is located 15 miles north of Dayton just off I-75 in the heartland of America. Known throughout the region for it’s outstanding school system, charming historical homes, and family friendly atmosphere, Tipp City is a unique community with an eclectic blend of history and high-tech industry.
It’s a wonderful place where residents can work, live and play, but most of all, it’s a place where people can raise their families.