DeWine, Department of Natural Resources announce development of new state park in Greene County

DeWine, Department of Natural Resources announce development of new state park in Greene County

XENIA — Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Mary Mertz have announced the development of a new state park centered around Oldtown in Xenia.

The historical site is the site of one of the largest-known Shawnee settlements in Ohio. Often called the birthplace of Tecumseh, Oldtown is currently the site of the Tecumseh Motel at 1575 U.S. 68 in Xenia.

ODNR’s proposal to purchase the motel for $260,000 was approved yesterday by the State Controlling Board.

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The half-acre property will be transformed into Ohio’s 76th state park that will include an interpretive center and several markers memorializing historical events at Oldtown.

Additionally, ODNR said they plan to engage with three sovereign and federally recognized Shawnee Tribes across the country to preserve and highlight the historical site.