Land of the Cross Tipped Churches &
Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics
2291 St. Johns Road
Maria Stein, Ohio 45860
Contact: (419) 925-4532
Here’s What You’ll See:
In July of 1979, over sixty buildings representing the German Catholic settlements of southern Auglaize and Mercer Counties, as well as portions of northern Darke and Shelby Counties, were placed on a National Register of Historic Places. Consisting of churches, schools, rectories and convents, this grouping is symbolic of the culture and historic uniqueness of the region. Today, most of these structures remain to remind us of the hard work and dedication of these early settlers as they built the Miami-Erie Canal and forged a new life on the area’s rich and productive farmland. A drive along this Ohio Scenic Byway through the rural countryside follows the quaint churches with their cross tipped “spires to heaven” and includes stops at the focal points of the region: the former convent at Maria Stein, St. Augustine Church – the original Mother Church of the area at Minster and St. Charles center, the magnificent and impressive former seminary at Carthagena.
The shrine contains more than 1,000 relics of saints and is the second largest collection of its type in the United States. Built in 1890, the shrine and the adjacent former convent were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The Shrine also hosts a museum that presents ab historical account of the area by the Precious Blood Sisters and Priests. 26 miles from Sidney.
Fort Recovery State Museum
1 Fort Site Street
Fort Recovery, Ohio 45846
Contact: (419) 375-4649
June through August: 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. every day.
May and September: 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. weekends only.
Group tours by appointment at any time of year.
Here’s What You’ll See:
Two reconstructed blockhouses, a connecting stockade and many exhibits depicting the Indian wars of the 1790’s are housed in the museum. The museum gallery also displays one of the largest collections of Indian artifacts in the state of Ohio.
Ft. Recovery is the site of two of the most dramatic Indian battles in American history. The first was the devastating defeat of General Arthur St. Clair in 1791 and the second, the successful defense of the fort by General “Mad” Anthony Wayne in 1794. An 1840 log cabin and blacksmith shop are nearby. 36 miles from Sidney.
Moeller Brew Barn
8016 Marion Drive, Maria Stein, Ohio
Located in rural Maria Stein, Ohio, the folks at Moeller Brew Barn are passionate about brewing quality craft beer. You’re invited to explore their incredible variety of worldly styles. Guests may take a visual tour of the brewery from the comforts of their barstools or ask the staff to set aside some time to walk the brewery with them. Thursday Night Brew Nights are the best time for tours as brew master Nathan Hart brews up a batch. 24 miles from Sidney.
Tailspin Brewing Company
626 South 2nd Street, Coldwater, Ohio
The renovated dairy barn has fed generations of Ohioans since 1933. Today, realizing the community ownership of this amazing building, this veteran owned brew pub has preserved its unique character and made Tailspin a warm inviting place to enjoy friends and great locally brewed craft beer!