That was back in the early 1800s. The original Navarre village was established in 1834, and the three villages became one, known as Navarre, in 1872. Navarre might be small, but it has plenty to offer.
Ohio and Erie Canal and Towpath Trail
The Ohio and Erie Canal and Towpath Trail has opportunities for outdoorsmen to hike, ride bikes, canoe, watch birds, go horseback riding and fish along the 101-mile National Heritage Area. Along with all of those recreational activities, the National Heritage Area offers many historical sites for visitors.
Alfred Nickles immigrated to the U.S. from Switzerland in 1903. Six years later, he opened the Navarre Bakery and Ice Cream Co, according to the Nickles Bakery website. In 1934, Alfred Nickles Bakery became incorporated. The corporate headquarters and bakery are still in Navarre today.
The Mathews House
Built in 1836 by Joseph Mathews, the Mathews House was constructed with a native sandstone foundation. A frame kitchen was added to the back of the home later. The Navarre Garden Club since has added an herb garden and foundation planting. The restored home now is owned by the Navarre-Bethlehem Twp. Historical Society.
The J.D. Define Building
The J.D. Define Building, at the corner of Canal and Market streets, is the site of one of President William McKinley’s first lawsuits when he practiced law. It is also on the National Register of Historic Places.
Historical Rochester Square
Historical Rochester Square is home to the Rochester House. The house was built in 1840 and is on the list of National Register of Historic Places.
The story of Mid’s Homestyle Pasta Sauce started far from Navarre. Over in Sicily, a family created a pasta sauce using the freshest ingredients. In 1938, the son, Mideo, brought the recipe with him to America. He opened a restaurant in Navarre, and by the 1950s he was selling jars of the sauce. The sauces still are produced in Navarre and shipped to 32 states in the U.S.
Enjoy pizza, lunch, dinner and dessert in this unique building. Kremeland has a retro-1950s diner ambience with friendly staff members waiting for you to walk through the door.
Mid-century must-haves at THE RETRO WARD
Firecracker franks at ANDERSON’S IN THE VILLAGE