Bringing the past to life TODAY!
The Carillon Brewing Company is nestled among the trees of Carillon Historical Park. The Park is the perfect backdrop for this 1850s style brewing operation. The 65-acre open-air history museum includes nearly 30 historical buildings and thousands of artifacts that tell the story of the settlement of Dayton in the last 1700s and highlight the next two centuries of invention and innovation that made this city what it is today.
Admission to Carillon Historical Park:
$8 per adult (ages 18-59)
$7 per senior
$5 per child (3 –17)
Children under 3 are Free
Dayton History members are FREE!
Plan to spend the day with us. Stroll through Carillon Historical Park. Be sure to stop at these buildings to piece together more of the story about Dayton’s brewing heritage:
Start at Newcom Tavern. Built in 1796, travelers stopped by Col. George Newcom’s tavern for a warm meal, bed and boarding for their horse during their journey through town. In 1810 Newcom built a brewery on the adjoining lot and served the brew to those staying in the tavern.
Step into the William Morris House built in 1815 to see how some of the first Daytonians were living. Picture a kettle of brew hanging over the hearth providing the family with a nutritious, clean drink throughout the day.
Jog over to the gristmill to get an idea of what would have been used in the 19th century to mill bushels and bushels of malt used to make some of the city’s barrels of ale.
Look at the engineering amazement of Lock 17 from the Miami and Erie Canal. Imagine bushels of grain coming into town from regional farms or travelers passing through 1833 Dayton stopping for a drink at one of the city’s numerous corner saloons.
Visit the Barney and Smith Car 100 in the James F. Dickie Family Transportation Center. Founded in 1849, the company grew to employ 2,000 men at its peak—men who enjoyed some of Dayton’s earliest brews.
Check out the Liberty Engine by the original Deeds Barn. This type of engine was a favorite used in bootleggers’ speed boats to provide a fast delivery (and get away) during Prohibition.
The 1930s print shop is home to working print machines that printed some of the many arguments and announcements during the last years of Prohibition.