Defiance is the heart of the historic Maumee River Valley and is where the Maumee and Auglaize Rivers meet. From its earliest days, Defiance has been a hub for the shipping and receiving goods. Whether it was early supplies passing through Fort Winchester or goods being transferred on the Miami-Wabash and Erie canals that ran through the community, transportation has played a major role in our development. In later years, the addition of several railways that traveled through Defiance helped to facilitate the industrial growth that continues to support the city today.

Explore the area's history by visiting the old French Apple Tree site in Pontiac Park, where tribute is paid to Johnny Appleseed’s influence. In Canal Park, catch a glimpse of days gone by at the restored Miami and Eric Canal Lock. Spend a day in the surrounding vicinity experiencing the small-town feel of the country farms and abundant farmland, and continue your experience at one of the inviting shopping centers or beautiful parks. Don’t leave town without spending time in the revitalized Main Street District of Downtown.


City of Defiance
631 Perry St
Defiance, OH 43512
United States

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