to the Marion Communities!
Marion Communities encompass the area served by Marion
Local schools in Maria Stein, Ohio, including Cassella,
Stein, Osgood, St.
Sebastian and St. Rose.
All of the communities are located in southern Mercer
County, with the exception of Osgood, which is located
in northern Darke County.
The area is largely homogeneous German
Catholic, as reflected by the existence of a vibrant Catholic
church in each of the six communities as well as the hard
work ethic instilled in its residents. The area is also
intensely agricultural with high concentrations of live
Mercer County often has the lowest unemployment
rate in the state and Mercer and Darke counties are traditionally
among the leaders in agricultural production. The Marion
Community contributes significantly to both of these accomplishments.
In the Marion Community, you'll find
quality housing, an outstanding school system, thriving
businesses, excellent public parks and recreational facilities,
a strong religious foundation and a feeling of community
that very few places can boast of.
Marion Local produces outstanding students who
excel both academically and athletically. Our school system
consistently receives "Excellent" ratings by
the state. It is a member of the Midwest Athletic Conference,
garnering numerous state titles in serveral sports. We
invite you to explore Marion
Local Schools and learn more about the quality education
You'll find that there are exciting business opportunities
for you to work, or start a business here. The Marion
Community and surrounding communities support a wide variety
of businesses and industries employing local residents.
We are proud that many young professional couples have
“moved back” choosing to raise their families
here because of the quality of life inherent in the community.
Furthermore, we have a strong commitment
to promoting economic growth. We are continually progressing
and developing, as illustrated by the growth of new homes,
local businesses and a modern industrial park. Our commitment
to help businesses succeed is one of the things you can
depend on when considering the Marion Community for the
home of your business.
PARKS & RECREATION
The Marion Community boasts wonderful and well-kept park
and recreational facilities. These include Marion
Township Park, Osgood Park,
Chickasaw Park East
and Chickasaw Park West.
Collectively, the parks feature ball
diamonds, batting cages, soccer fields, volleyball courts,
tennis courts, horseshoes, a frisbee golf course, shelter
houses, restroom and concession facilities, playground
equipment, open grassy areas for recreational activities,
outdoor grills and firepits, walking trails and more!
The Marion Community is known for their annual festivals
— the Maria
Stein Country Fest and the Chickasaw
Picnic. Both feature free admission, parking and entertainment.
These fun-filled festivals provide activities
and entertainment for all ages. Enjoy the nationally known
Country Fest Tractor Square Dance, a tractor pull, cruise-in
car show, rides, games and a petting zoo, just to name
a few. Take part in a volleyball, basketball, corn hole
or dodge ball tournament, Mini-Indy races, Diaper Derby,
a 5k run and much more!
Local bands play music for all ages throughout
the weekend long festivals, and there is always plenty
of food to satisfy everyone’s palate!
The Marion Community was built on a strong religious foundation.
That foundation is evident as you approach each community
and notice a vibrant catholic church. These churches
include Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Precious
Blood, St. John the Baptist, St. Nicholas, St. Rose and
St. Sebastian. The structures highlight the hard work
and dedication of the early German Catholic settlers of
All of the Marion Community churches as
well as other area religious attractions, including the
Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics, a former convent,
and the St. Charles Senior Living Community in Carthagena,
a former seminary, are registered on the National Register
of Historic Places and are a part of the Land of the Cross-Tipped
Churches Byway. Additional information about the Land
of the Cross-Tipped Churches can be found through the
following links, provided by the Ohio
Department of Transportation and Wikipedia.