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In Beavercreek was the first mill north of Cincinnati where corn was ground for the settlers. It was called the Alpha Mill from the first letter of the Greek alphabet. The courthouse, mill and two block houses built for defense were near enough together to be enclosed in a stockade should the Indians become troublesome. The old log courthouse was the first licensed tavern in the county.

The first school in Beavercreek Township was a log structure on the Jacob Coy farm on Shakertown Road. Later Beavercreek had eleven one-room elementary schools and two, two-room schools and a High School. In 1932 Beavercreek consolidated their schools into one fine school now known as Beavercreek Main Elementary.

According to The Beavercreek Chronicles, it is believed the Shawnees were the first historical Indian tribe to seasonally inhabit Beavercreek, following game and avoiding their enemies. From the Great Lakes area, the Miami tribe migrated to our area – hence the name “Miami Valley”. They arrived while the Shawnee were gone. In the mid-1700’s, a group of Shawnee arrived from Florida to seek protection from the Creeks and Seminoles. The two tribes lived in peace until 1770 when the Miami abandoned the territory.

The Shawnees had built their famous village, “Old Chillicothe” (now called Old Town on Rt. 68 between Xenia and Yellow Springs). Since Old Town is so close to Beavercreek, it is safe to assume that hunting parties, including the great warrior Tecumseh, came to Beavercreek to hunt and fish. It is believed their prime hunting ground was along Fairground Road. For more information on Native Americans in Beavercreek, a copy of The Indians Of Beavercreek is at the library!

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