Introduction to Defiance, Ohio
Originally, Defiance was inhabited by Native American tribes. It was named after Fort Defiance which was named in honor of General Anthony Wayne who ordered construction of the fort in August 1794. The Native Americans allowed the whites to maintain a trading post at the site of Fort Defiance in 1795, after signing the Treaty of Greeneville. The present day Defiance was founded in 1822. The canal system that connected Defiance with Cincinnati, Toledo, and Fort Wayne was completed in 1845.
Defiance and Nearby Attractions
- Au Glaize Village
- Independence Dam State Park
- Fort Defiance Park
- Sauder Farm & Craft Village
- Paulding John Historical Museum
Things To Do In Defiance
Defiance offers a number of city parks that include baseball and softball diamonds. You can also enjoy swimming at the Kingsbury Park and Bronson Park. Fishing and picnic facilities are available at the Independence Dam State Park which also offers scenic trails. The Recreation Department of Defiance organizes a number of events and festivals including the Johnny Appleseed Festival, Defiance Fall Fest, July 4th Fireworks Celebration and several other programs.
The nearest airport is Toledo Express Airport.
Defiance Higher Education
Defiance College is the local college. Other colleges and universities offering facilities for higher education are Bowling Green State University - Main Campus, The University of Findlay and Ohio Northern University.