Okeana & Shandon

Okeana, Ohio, named in honor of a local Native American princess, the daughter of Chief Kiatta, is brimming with history. The Rev. Benjamin Lloyd, a native of Wales, plotted the village on land that he owned. There has been an operating post office in the village since 1829 under the names Tariff and Okeana.

You'll fall in love with the scenery and rich historical past of Okeana, Ohio at the Governor Bebb Pioneer Village. This 264-acre preserve is a collection of historic log cabins and houses that have moved from other locations in the area. These reconstructed cabins represent a typical early Midwestern settlement. The centerpiece of the Pioneer Village is the log house birthplace of William Bebb, the 19th Governor of Ohio. 

Shandon, the foundation for the first Welsh settlement in Ohio, was laid on June 29, 1801 when William and Morgan Gwilym purchased the land in Section 25. The first post office began operation in 1831.Covered bridge in Okeana, Ohio The village, originally known as New London, has also been called Vaughan's Crossings, Paddy's Run and Glendower.

While in Shandon, visit Paddy's Run Old Welsh Cemetery. Established in 1821, this beautiful burial ground was in use for 70 years and is the final resting place for many veterans from the Napoleonic Wars, Mexican War and Civil War. If you're looking for stunning historic architecture, visit the Old St. Aloysius Church. Built in 1878, this historic church is a great sight to see on your historic tour of Shandon.

Shandon is filled with off the beaten path activities for everyone in the family to enjoy including many annual events throughout the year. Christmas in the Country, an annual Welsh Christmas celebration is held in downtown Shandon and features Welsh traditions and holiday cheer. The Strawberry Festival in Shandon is also an annual festival featuring a Welsh dinner, Welsh harp music and an antique tractor show!

Shandon and Okeana, Ohio are quaint and quiet communities, located in the Western area of Butler County, that make them perfect destinations for a well-deserved couples retreat away from the hustle and bustle of a busy city. Explore the history and heritage of Okeana and Shandon while enjoying the company of the friendly locals and their families.