The Village of Yellow Springs
Where Creative Thinkers and Innovation Flourish
Antioch’s home is the village of Yellow Springs. “Since it began, Yellow Springs has been known as a small town where creative thinking and innovation flourish. Villagers, influenced by the presence of Antioch College, have also been known for their activism and spirit of social responsibility. So it’s not surprising that in recent years, many Yellow Springers have been thinking creatively about how to live in environmentally sustainable ways.” – Diane Chiddister, Editor of the Yellow Springs News
A village of just under 4,000 people, Yellow Springs is a small progressive hamlet in the heart of southwest Ohio’s Miami Township.
The community is culturally diverse, values self-expression and prides itself on being open, friendly and creative. Recently Yellow Springs was named one of the “Best Hometowns” by Ohio Magazine and one of Budget Travel’s “Coolest Small Towns.”
The yellow spring from which the village gets its name was discovered around 1800 and quickly became a major attraction for those seeking its “curative” waters. For more than 100 years, the village was a popular attraction with hotels, spas, boarding houses, and a tavern to serve travelers on the nearby stagecoach road. With the completion of the Little Miami Railroad in 1846, Yellow Springs became the center of trade and recreation for the region.
Today visitors flock to Yellow Springs for shopping, dining and recreation. The downtown offers a rich and rare assortment of shops and restaurants as well as live music and theater, a chamber music series, interesting galleries and a first-run art-film movie theater. Rich visual and performing arts abound in this vibrant community of artists.
Supplemented with information from The Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce.