The History of the Darby House in Galloway, Ohio

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The Darby Dan Farm was founded in 1935, as it was originally 110 acres, and purchased by John W. Galbreath. The farm is now managed by his grandson, John W Galbreath II. Over time, the farm has evolved, and its beauty continues to blossom!

The Darby House was built in 1954 by the Amish, 65 years ago, on the original 110 acres. Today, the farm is still family owned, and is now in its fourth generation. The Darby House is named for the Darby creek, which is an 80-mile state scenic river that flows into the Ohio River.

In addition to the Darby House, the Galbreath family also owned the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1946 to 1985. Throughout that time, they won the World Series three times, 1960, 1971, and 1979. In addition they won the Kentucky Derby twice, in 1963 and 1967, the Preakness Stakes once, the Belmont Stakes twice, the Breeder’s Cup Classic, the English Derby, the Big Sport of Turfdom Award by the Turf Publicists of America in 1972, and the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Breeder in 1974. John Galbreath is the only man in the world to both win a World Series and win a Kentucky Derby…how exciting!

Currently, the farm boasts 1,500 acres, comprised of 1,100 crops, corn, soybean, sod, a mile-long paved landing strip, and 24 rental houses! In addition, there are even buffalo and white spotted fallow, which are deer from Asia, that roam the grounds. Also, at one time, there were 56 miles of fences and 4,500 acres…1,000 acres donated and sold!

Today, the Darby House sits nestled on the banks of the nationally scenic Darby Creek, surrounded on all sides by 7,000 acres of the Battelle Metro Park’s forest, prairies and wetlands. Offering its guests a charming, rustic, chic event space, situated on 1,200 acres of Big Darby Creek, the venue presents complete privacy and beautiful outdoor and indoor spaces, perfect for any event, and able to accommodate up to 250 guests.

If you are all set to discover the beauty that this lovely venue in Galloway, Ohio presents, please get in touch with us today here at the Darby House, as we would be pleased with the opportunity to host your celebration!

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