5670 E TR 138, Republic, OH 44883
Call our office (419)447-7073 or email Beth
Events at Miller Farm:
2nd Saturday of every October – HARVEST FEST – 11a-4pm
Features and Map of Miller Farm:
- 3 ponds, 40 acres of woodland, 40 acres of cropland, 1 wetland, multiple windbreaks, field borders, tree plantings, prairie and natural succession areas
- Public access from dawn till dusk to hiking trails, catch and release fishing, and picnic shelter
- Handicap parking and ADA accessible .25 mile path
- Reservations accepted for use of small, all-season meeting room
Partners of Miller Farm:
Are always welcomed! Some of the groups we currently work with include:
- Adams Township Trustees
- Republic Area Boyscouts
- Tiffin -Seneca Izaak Walton League
- Seneca County Pheasant’s Forever
- Heidelberg University
- Leadership Seneca County
- MAPS Bird Banding
- Seneca County Master Gardeners
- Seneca County Opportunity Center
- Area schools
- Thompson Ruritan Club
Future of Miller Farm:
With the construction and dedication of the Outdoor Service Center, in 2012, the Miller Conservation Farm now has a meeting place for all-seasons and has diversified the extent of activities that can occur at the farm. Storage for equipment and supplies, as well as additional meeting space completed the floor plan of the new building. Many donors, grants and volunteer hours were secured and given to complete this project.
The future of the Miller Farm is bright with potential events and partnership opportunities! We want to focus on sharing this hidden Seneca County treasure with more people and your help is necessary. Please share this info, attend an event, bring a child to fish, hike or just take a drive to visit the beautiful place that is yours to enjoy, thanks to Maynard & Gladys Stonebraker.
If you have visited, loved it and want to support Miller Farm for the future, please consider giving a donation of your time, equipment or monetary resources. Contact the office to discuss our customized giving options and volunteer opportunities.
History of Miller Farm:
Donated to Seneca Conservation District in 1996 by Heidelberg University, Miller Conservation Farm has undergone many changes. The changes have all been made to improve the public’s access to the property so it can better serve it’s purpose. The purpose is “to preserve the cultural and historical integrity of The Miller Conservation Farm as a place to afford scientific research, develop conservation education, demonstrate conservation farming practices and emphasize the conservation and preservation of trees and wildlife.” This purpose was set forth and is perpetual on the deed of the property by the late Maynard and Gladys Stonebraker, who gifted the 80 acre farm to Heidelberg University (Maynard’s Alma mater) upon his death.
Maynard and his wife Gladys, wanted the property to be a memorial to Sidney and Deloria Miller, who adopted Maynard when he was a small boy. The name Miller Conservation Farm was selected to be the future title of this place known locally as “The Stonebraker Farm” where Maynard lived, worked and played. Many neighbor can remember ice skating on the ponds, catching fish, buying apples, visiting to chat with Maynard and how Gladys But Maynard made it clear he wanted the future generations to remember what the Miller’s did for him and two other orphans, not what the Stonebraker’s did.
While signs and stories of Maynard’s orchards, tree plantings and pastures still existing today, it is through his recently found and transcribed journals that the real picture of what the farm looked like during his lifetime can now be painted. Special thanks to John Crumrine who saw the value in the old box of books in the basement and took the time to read, sift and analyze the content of Maynard’s journals and “jottings” to help preserve Maynard’s thoughts and experiences!
If any friend, neighbor or colleague of Maynard or Gladys Stonebraker has any memories of the couple or property, we at Seneca Conservation District would be very grateful of your time to write them down for future preservation.