Know Before You Go

What to know before you go

The Johnston Farm & Indian Agency, an American Association of Museums accredited site, is unique. There are three independent, yet in one way, related themes interpreted.


The story of the site begins with the establishment of Ohio’s historic Woodland Indians’ Pickawillany village site in 1747 and tracing events to the present time. The home and farm of John Johnston chronicles the saga of one family creating a life for itself in early Ohio. The construction, use, and eventual decline of the canals of Ohio is the final chapter of the story.


As a Federal Indian Agent from 1809 to 1829 and an Ohio Canal Commissioner from 1825 to 1836, John Johnston, who called this Miami County land home from 1804 to 1861, ties these three themes together.


Today, the Johnston Farm & Indian Agency preserves the site much as it would have looked during the early nineteenth century. A mule-drawn mixed cargo boat conveys passengers along a restored stretch of the Miami-Erie Canal. A museum completes the tale as it traces the events of the historic Indians that inhabited the area over a hundred years.


The site hosts a number of events throughout the summer as well as their well anticipated Evening on the Canal and Dickens of a Christmas events.