Home and Harvest

Held in November, during the height of autumn, and featuring warm cider, and 19th century seasonal treats, the Home and Harvest celebration highlights Dayton’s prominent Patterson family and their arrival to Dayton in the early 1800s. Costumed interpreters bring this story to life, telling the tale of Dayton’s early days through the eyes of one of its most famous families.

Constructed in three major components between 1816-1850, this legendary home raised three generations of Pattersons, including legendary industrialist John H. Patterson who founded his National Cash Register enterprise on the family’s land–roughly a half-mile northwest of Patterson Homestead.

Originally the home of Revolutionary War soldier and Lexington, Kentucky, founder, Colonel Robert Patterson, this Federal-style historic house museum tells the story of Dayton’s influential Patterson family. Colonel Patterson first settled here in 1804, and upon his death in 1827, Rubicon Farm (the name of his land) covered 2,038 acres.

Rubicon Farm featured hogs, sheep, cattle, various mills, an apple orchard, and a farm that raised corn, wheat rye, oats, and tobacco. The Patterson have long been a strong component of Dayton’s story, and it all began with a log cabin, a 320-acre farm, and a willing, resilient spirit.

Presented in conjunction with the Oakwood Historical Society, Home and Harvest brings the fascinating story of Patterson Homestead’s early years to life!

Call 937-293-2841 ext. 127 or e-mail education1@daytonhistory.org for more information.

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